In November Titan N2 Senior Engineer Ewan Fowels travelled to Sursee, Switzerland, to undergo 2 days of intensive product training from Vici DBS, manufacturers of Titan N2’s new range of Hydrogen and Zero Air Gas Generators.
After being acquainted with the beautiful location and the training team, the delegates were introduced to the hydrogen generators. These are very impressive and simple to use. They require very little or no maintenance and have a very impressive range of features. The interactive display is very easy to use with clear concise menus and programmes. The hydrogen output can be easily adjusted with the touch of a button and the units have a standby when they were no longer in use.
No hydrogen is stored in the generator other than what is in the output tubing. This is a major advantage over hydrogen bottles with regard to safety, due to the fact that large quantities of Hydrogen, if improperly handled can be extremely dangerous. The hydrogen generators also reduce down time as they do not need to be changed over. It will keep producing hydrogen as long as there is water in the system. Gas bottles need to be changed over when they are empty. One litre of water in a generator can produce 1100 litres of hydrogen gas. This means that with just 7 litres of water you can produce the same amount of hydrogen contained in a gas bottle. The generators also have a built in diagnostic system which is extremely easy to use and can help identify any faults the generator may develop, making servicing a lot easier for me!
On day two we were introduced to the zero air and FID units. The zero air units are simple reliable generators that are compact and very discreet. The zero air incorporates an oven which contains a platinum catalyst which burns off any hydrocarbons in compressed air at 500 degrees centigrade.
I was equally impressed with the FID unit. These are a combined zero air unit and hydrogen generator in a compact stack-able frame. This frees up space in the lab – the client’s GC can even be mounted on top.
All of the products we were given training on require very little maintenance and have an excellent track record for reliability. We were given a tour of the facility which was very interesting and we were let loose on the production floor to have a more in depth look. I was very impressed with the developments and technology Vici have made and incorporated into their products and look forward to installing and servicing these for our customers.
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