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Sinopec Selects ASDevices Technologies to analyze Hydrogen Purity in Ecofriendly Hydrogen Vehicles for Beijing 2022 Olympics

ASDevices Is World’s First Company to Offer Process GC solution for Hydrogen Analysis

Thetford, Canada, May 18, 2021 – The innovative, hi-tech Canadian ultra-trace gas analysis company ASDevices (ASD) has been selected by Sinopec, China’s leading petrochemical company, to provide an analytical solution for real-time hydrogen purity measurement in eco-friendly vehicles to be used at the Beijing 2022 Olympics. The ASD analytical system will first be installed at Sinopec’s Yanshan petrochemical plant, with other locations to follow shortly thereafter.

The ASD team has created the world’s first process-oriented fuel-cell hydrogen purity analysis solution, which allows factory workers to test for hydrogen impurities on site, instead of sending samples to a lab. This results in significant time and cost savings, using a process that is much less complex and labour-intensive. This unprecedented on-site solution (known as a process solution, as opposed to a lab-based solution) operates 24/7 in stand-alone mode, with no highly-skilled operator required. In addition to being much more practical and economical, the solution is also extremely robust and reliable.

With over three decades of GC (gas chromatography) innovation under its belt, ASD was able to design multiple new technologies to create this unique and innovative solution for fuel-cell hydrogen analysis. ASD won this contract over many competitors because of its exceptional know-how in leveraging unique plasma-discharge-based Epd (Enhanced plasma detector) technology, innovative chromatographic valves and advanced signal-processing algorithms. The ASD analytical system can achieve the lowest impurity detection limit on the market, including sulfurs and carbon monoxide (CO), which, if not detected, are known to damage hydrogen fuel cells.

A Game-changer

Sinopec recently published a scientific paper highlighting the performance and inventiveness of ASDevices GC technologies. The ASD solution is made to be user-friendly, and it can measure permanent gases as well as sulfurs within one single analysis instrument, unlike competitors requiring multiple complex devices that are costly to operate. What’s more, the ASD solution is the only one on the market that requires no sample pre-concentration to achieve the required 4 ppb H2S (hydrogen sulfide) limit of detection requirement, thanks to its unique high-sensitivity (< 0.5 ppb LoD) GC Enhanced plasma detector (Epd). The accuracy and detection limit have been demonstrated with ASD’s innovative proprietary iGCS high-performance dilution system.

“ASDevices is proud to support Sinopec to achieve its goal of accelerating hydrogen energy development in order to become a world-leading clean energy chemical company. We won this bid because of our game-changing solution for fuel-cell hydrogen process gas analysis,” explains André Lamontagne, President, ASDevices.

“Stimulating innovation and exports is one of our economic priorities for Quebec. By exporting its innovative technology, ASDevices is helping to promote Quebec’s ingenuity and know-how on the international scene, in addition to increasing Quebec’s competitiveness in a promising field. We are proud to help this local company make its mark around the world,” said Isabelle Lecours, MNA for Lotbinière-Frontenac and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Public Security.

“The global trend is to make hydrogen (H2) fuel-cell vehicles a reality very soon. ASD has been investing in R&D in that field for over 3 years in order to be market ready. Beijing aims to have 10,000 hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles on the road by 2025, and other countries are following suit – and we’ll be there when it all happens,” comments Frank Zhu, Vice President Asia, ASDevices.

“This Sinopec project is the fruition of 3 years of R&D, and a great recognition for our team and partners. ASD’s breakthrough solution is what hydrogen manufacturers have been waiting for – and we’re proud to be ahead of the market in its development,” adds Yves Gamache, ASDevices CEO/CTO.

About ASDevices ASDevices is an international company that specializes in gas analysis technologies and devices for process and laboratory gases. ASDevices technologies and solutions help organizations overcome their analytical challenges by offering robust, high-quality analytical solutions. The company’s founders and partners have accumulated over 30 years of GC innovation and over 160 patents worldwide. ASDevices owns all the technologies it develops, and is the only company in the world to own all key process gas chromatography technologies related to the challenging measurement of fuel-cell grade hydrogen, especially trace sulfur analysis.

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