Hydrogen is rapidly emerging as a green alternative to natural gas. But for every hydrogen battery, electrolyzer or pipeline being proposed, a sensor is required: Hydrogen gas, as you may remember from high school chemistry class, is extremely flammable. Valencia-based H2scan has developed a solution, and it now has $70 million in fresh funding to scale up.
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H2scan has deployed hydrogen sensors for customers including ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Procter & Gamble, Siemens and ABB. As gas utilities like SoCalGas are pivoting to hydrogen in order to decarbonize, the Valencia-based company is well-poised to meet growing demand.
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