PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp. (NEO:MOVE.AQN, OTC:MOTNF) has said that Pinakin Patel, CEO of the company’s 49%-owned Advanced Electrolyzer Systems (AES) business, has been appointed to the PowerTap Advisory Board.
The company noted that Patel is also the co-founder and president of T2M Global, which specializes in bringing technology to market with a portfolio of about a dozen companies focusing on advanced hydrogen energy, hydrogen fuel cells and Waste-to-Value. T2M Global will provide the foundation for the commercialization of hydrogen technologies by PowerTap and AES.
“We are ecstatic to have Pinakin on our Advisory Board with his extensive experience and leadership in the hydrogen industry to head up the effort to commercialize AES and other related hydrogen technologies”, said Raghu Kilambi, CEO of PowerTap Hydrogen Capital in a statement.
The company said Patel is an excellent addition to the PowerTap Advisory Board given his significant depth in the industry encompassing over 40 years of experience in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry with a $600-plus million R&D/advanced technology portfolio with over 30 patents and more than 200 invited presentations and papers.
As part of a public-private partnership, he developed an award-winning demonstration in which he pioneered a tri-generation technology for the co-production of green hydrogen, clean power and heat at a Fountain Valley, California waste-water treatment plant. This $18 million public-private project was led by the world’s largest manufacturer of hydrogen, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., and included Fuel Cell Energy, Inc., the University of California at Irvine, the US Department of Energy, and several California State agencies. The Tri-generation Energy Station refueled hydrogen fuel cell cars by GM, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes, and Nissan, as well as fuel cell trucks from Vision Motors. The dispensing station had the capability to dispense hydrogen at 350 bar and 700 bar.
Patel was also a member of the Hawaii Hydrogen Initiative led by GM, a public-private partnership with over a dozen members including the US Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, Hawaii Gas, the University of Hawaii, the University of California at Irvine, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and many others.
His commercialization experience includes the leading of fuel cell demonstrations, technology collaborations and the development of supply chain in the US, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Germany, and Denmark. The multi-national corporations involved included BASF, Sempra, Siemens-Westinghouse, Fluor (NYSE:FLR) Engineers, ExxonMobil, NRG, Enbridge, Mitsubishi, Sanyo, Marubeni, POSCO Energy, Daimler (ETR:DAI)-MTU, and Haldor Topsoe.
The company said Patel also brings valuable supply chain depth for modular hydrogen plants, including developing strategic alliance opportunities for major green or blue hydrogen components [i.e., low pressure, moderate pressure and high-pressure steam methane reformers, hydrogen purification, hydrogen compression – low pressure (10-30 bar), commercial pressure (200 bar) and high pressure (350-900 bar), hydrogen station dispensers and hydrogen mobile refuelers (350 bar and 700 bar)].
PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp. (NEO:MOVE.AQN, OTC:MOTNF), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling Corp. is focused on installing hydrogen production and dispensing fueling infrastructure in the United States. PowerTap’s patented solution has been developed over 20 years.
The company is now commercializing its third-generation blue hydrogen product that will focus on the refueling needs of the automotive and long-haul trucking markets that lack hydrogen fueling infrastructure. There are currently under 100 operational publicly available hydrogen stations in the United States with most of the existing stations purchasing industrial hydrogen from industrial manufacturers and shipping hydrogen to individual stations via tanker trucks.