EERC receives patent for hydrogen system

By | May 04, 2009
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued an allowance for a patent application to the Energy and Environmental Research Center Foundation in Grand Forks, N.D., for a high-pressure hydrogen production process that converts liquid fuels, such as ethanol, methanol, and gasoline, to hydrogen at the time of fueling. The process could reduce or eliminate infrastructure costs for nationwide hydrogen production, transportation, and storage. Researchers have proven the conversion of methanol into hydrogen and are working on obtaining similar results for ethanol and hydrocarbon fuels. The first demonstration of this technology is tentatively planned for Grand Forks in 2010.