Hydrogen Supplier to Southern California

We understand hydrogen (H2) as the most lightweight gas, and respect it for its exceptionally low ignition energy requirement and its clear flame when burning outdoors. With its low liquid density and a liquid temperature only exceeded by helium, with suitable equipment it may be liquefied and carried over great distances. Hydrogen holds significant promise as a potential clean energy source as its combustion doesn’t release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Classically, production of commercial hydrogen utilized electrolytic cells, creating high purity hydrogen and high purity oxygen. Since electricity now costs so much, most hydrogen is now produced by steam reformation of natural gas (conversion of methane to hydrogen and carbon monoxide) and where demand for basic chemicals requires, as a byproduct from chlorine and caustic soda manufacturing.

Most commercial hydrogen in Southern California is produced and consumed in refinery operations to improve yields, transforming aromatic hydrocarbons to aliphatic compounds that in turn perform as cleaner burning fuels.

High purity hydrogen is used in different applications covering varied industries, including: Food, Chemical Synthesis, Metal Production and Fabrication, Pharmaceuticals, Aerospace, Electronics and, oddly enough, as a purging cooling agent in electric power generation.

PurityPlus purities reach Ultra Carrier and Research Grades with minimum purities of 99.9995 and 99.9999% respectively, as well as the more familiar Ultra High Purity at 99.999% pure. These products are most commonly used in gas chromatography, both as a carrier gas and a flame support gas for flame ionization (FID) and flame photometric (FPD) detectors commonly used for hydrocarbon and sulfur analysis.

Find out more about how the Southern California hydrogen experts at WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment can supply your company’s specialized needs. Call us at 866-WESTAIR or contact us online for more information.