September 26, 2005

Atlantic Hydrogen extraction process removes solid carbon, avoids GHG emissions

A Canadian consortium led by Atlantic Hydrogen, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, will receive a $2 million contribution from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) toward a $6-million project to develop and demonstrate a technology to produce hydrogen and remove solid carbon from natural gas without releasing harmful greenhouse gases.

SDTC's support has been leveraged by a contribution of $4 million from private consortium members, including: the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton; Energy Reaction and PrecisionH2 Power, both of Montreal; Enbridge, a leading Canadian energy company; and Hydrogen Engine Centre, of Iowa.

Many industry analysts believe that the successful transition to the hydrogen economy will depend on extracting hydrogen from fossil fuels using more environmentally sensitive processes. Atlantic Hydrogen's technology, the CarbonSaver(tm), will feed hydrogen-rich natural gas to internal combustion engines that generate electricity. At the same time, this innovation removes the carbon in solid form instead of returning it to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. The new technology being developed in this three-year project is expected to be of particular importance for its efficacy in distributed power and refuelling applications linked to the existing natural gas distribution grid.

"This funding marks a significant advancement for Atlantic Hydrogen," said company chairman Bill Stanley. "The CarbonSaver will be the front end of an integrated system that includes a specially designed internal combustion engine coupled with an electrical generator and power conditioning device. The end result will be cleaner systems for generating electricity from natural gas for use as operating power, peak-shaving power and emergency backup power for commercial buildings.

"The successful development and demonstration of these integrated systems will be our first move into a market of sustainable energy demands and environmental protection issues. We expect the CarbonSaver will provide solutions to both," he continued.

Atlantic Hydrogen believes the successful demonstration of the made-in-Canada CarbonSaver technology over the next three years will lead to a commercially viable bridge to the sustainable clean energy promise of the global hydrogen economy. The CarbonSaver research is being conducted under contract to the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

More information is available from John Spurway at Atlantic Hydrogen, 506/454-9088, E-mail

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