Hydrogen Supplier to Western Michigan

We understand hydrogen (H2) as the most lightweight gas, and respect it for its very low ignition energy requirement and its inconspicuous flame when burning in air. With its low liquid density and a liquid temperature almost as high as helium, with suitable equipment it may be liquefied and carried over great distances. Hydrogen holds great promise as a potential clean energy source as its combustion doesn’t release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Historically, manufacture of commercial hydrogen utilized electrolytic cells, generating high purity hydrogen and high purity oxygen. With the increasing cost of electricity, most hydrogen is now produced by steam reformation of natural gas (conversion of methane to hydrogen and carbon monoxide) and where demand for basic chemicals requires, as a byproduct from chlorine and caustic soda manufacturing.

Most commercial hydrogen in Western Michigan is produced and consumed in refinery operations to improve yields, converting aromatic hydrocarbons to aliphatic compounds that in turn perform as cleaner burning fuels.

High purity hydrogen finds use in diverse applications covering multiple industries, including: Food, Chemical Synthesis, Metal Production and Fabrication, Pharmaceuticals, Aerospace, Electronics and, oddly enough, as a purging cooling agent in electric power generation.

PurityPlus purities reach Ultra Carrier and Research Grades with minimum purities of 99.9995 and 99.9999% respectively, as well as the more familiar Ultra High Purity at 99.999% pure. These products are most commonly used in gas chromatography, both as a carrier gas and a flame support gas for flame ionization (FID) and flame photometric (FPD) detectors commonly used for hydrocarbon and sulfur analysis.

Find out more about how the Western Michigan hydrogen experts at GTW can supply your company’s specialized needs. Call us at 616-754-6120 or contact us online for more information.