Hydrogen leakage sensors commercialized

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The Institute of Nano-Comprehensive Technology said that, in collaboration with sensor expert M&Tech Co., Ltd., it has developed and marketed a “hydrogen leakage detecting sensor” to ensure the stability of hydrogen energy technology.

The hydrogen sensor created at this period is a technique for rapidly detecting hydrogen leakage that may occur during the storage, transportation, and use of hydrogen, and mixing it with oxygen in the atmosphere to pre-block the explosion risk.

Prior to this, M&Tech Co., Ltd. commissioned the Institute of Technology to develop a contact-combustible hydrogen leak detection sensor for hydrogen fuel cells and the development of mass production technology. The Institute of Technology used nanoinfrastructure and process technology to determine the possibility of product development and subsequently began development.

Through its 8-inch semiconductor equipment and process technology, the Institute of Technology has developed a hydrogen sensor mass production technology with the features of high reliability, high sensitivity, ultra-small size, and low power (MEMS).

In particular, M&Tech Co., Ltd. has been successful in securing investment based on the outcomes of its created technology, and as of last month it is also establishing its own 495-square-meter production facility and expanding its workforce.

Combining this technique with 3D nanostructure technology, the two universities are now developing hydrogen sensors (palladium-based) that can detect hydrogen leakage at low and high concentrations.

Kang Seok-hwan, president of M&Tech, stated, “With the backing of the Institute of Technology, we have been able to commercialize hydrogen sensors, which has substantially reduced the trial-and-error and expense of developing our own manufacturing facilities.” “As the global demand for hydrogen fuel cell cars and hydrogen refueling stations rises, new uses are growing, and we anticipate sales of more than 10 billion won by 2025.”

Director of the Institute of Technology Lee Cho-won stated, “This commercialization achievement is a representative example of securing new technologies with the support of the Institute of Technology, building their own production facilities for SMEs, and achieving job creation,” and “We will actively support the resolution and commercialization of domestic SMEs who are having difficulty commercializing sensors.”

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