Unique Technology Reduces Carbon Emissions And Offers Advantages Over
Other Hydrogen Delivery Systems
IRVING, TEXAS, November 15 /CNW/ - Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM)
today announced it is partnering with QuestAir Technologies, Plug Power Inc.
and Ben Gurion University on plans to commercialize an on-vehicle hydrogen
production system for use in a fuel cell-powered lift truck application.
Under the arrangements, Plug Power will seek to commercialize unique
technologies developed by ExxonMobil, QuestAir Technologies and Ben Gurion
University that take liquid fuels -- gasoline, diesel, ethanol or biodiesel --
and convert them into hydrogen onboard the vehicle where it will be used in a
fuel cell power train.
"By developing a system that converts liquid hydrocarbons into hydrogen
directly on a vehicle without the need for storage, we hope to demonstrate
significant infrastructure, logistics and cost advantages compared to other
hydrogen vehicle systems, all while reducing the impact on the environment,"
said Dr. Emil Jacobs, Vice President of Research and Development at ExxonMobil
Research and Engineering.
"There is a long road ahead before this technology could be deployed on a
mass scale in passenger vehicles, but it has the potential to be up to 80%
more fuel efficient than today's internal combustion engine technologies and
reduce CO2 emissions by up to 45%. The use of this technology in a practical,
commercial setting such as in a lift truck application is an important early
step in demonstrating the potential benefits this technology may hold in the
Most prototype hydrogen vehicles on the road today are powered by
highly-compressed or liquefied hydrogen that is delivered to distribution
points and then stored at high pressures on-board the vehicle. For these
vehicles to be widely adopted a significant hydrogen generation and delivery
infrastructure must be developed.
As the ExxonMobil system uses conventional fuels and produces hydrogen on
demand, no such infrastructure or on-board storage would be necessary.
"With ExxonMobil's research leadership, and the technical capabilities of
our partners, we found a way to scale down the traditional hydrogen steam
reforming process so that it will fit on a vehicle and connect to a fuel
cell," said Dr. Jacobs. "Since this system does not require changes to fuel
delivery infrastructure - unlike compressed hydrogen fuel systems - this
overcomes one of the key challenges manufacturers face in developing hydrogen
vehicles for potential consumer use."
Today's announcement follows several years of work by ExxonMobil,
QuestAir Technologies and Ben Gurion University to develop the individual
components that make up the on-vehicle hydrogen fuel system. The system
promises high efficiency, quick startup time, and reduced CO2 emissions versus
The on-vehicle hydrogen fuel system comprises an advanced reformer
developed by ExxonMobil and hydrogen separation using QuestAir Technologies'
Rapid Cycle Pressure Swing Adsorption system.
Sulfur is controlled by an ExxonMobil proprietary S-Trap developed in
conjunction with Ben Gurion University. Plug Power will be responsible for
integrating the fuel system with its GenDrive(R) fuel cell power system for
lift truck applications. GenDrive power units allow users in large
distribution centers or manufacturing facilities to increase productivity and
reduce operating costs through a quick refueling process that eliminates the
need to change batteries repeatedly throughout the day. GenDrive also
eliminates the environmental and safety issues traditionally associated with
ExxonMobil is the world's leading non-government petroleum and
petrochemical company. The company has consistently led the industry in
research and development, and is one of the world's largest producers of
hydrogen via its global network of refineries.
About QuestAir Technologies Inc.
QuestAir Technologies, Inc. is a developer and supplier of proprietary
gas purification systems for a number of significant international markets,
including existing markets such as oil refining, biogas production, hydrogen
generation, hydrogen recovery and natural gas processing, as well as emerging
markets such as fuel cell vehicle refueling stations. QuestAir is based in
Burnaby, British Columbia and its shares trade on the AIM Market of the London
Stock Exchange Plc. and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "QAR".
About Plug Power
Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), an established leader in the development
and deployment of clean, reliable, on-site energy products, integrates fuel
cell technology into backup and primary power products for telecommunications,
material handling, utility and uninterruptible power supply applications. The
Company is actively engaged with private and public customers in targeted
markets throughout the world, including North America, Europe, the Middle
East, Russia, South Africa and South America. For more information regarding
Plug Power, please visit www.plugpower.com.
About Ben Gurion University of the Negev
The Blechner Center for Industrial Catalysis and Process Development at
Ben Gurion University of the Negev serves as a link between industry and
academic research supporting researchers in developing their inventions into
commercially valuable products. The Blechner Center for Industrial Catalysis
and Process Development founded in 1995 is committed to the fundamental
research, exploration and development of novel catalysts and catalytic
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For further information: ExxonMobil Prem Nair, 703-846-4467