With a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant from NSF, IES recently developed the Super Adiabatic Autothermal Reforming "SuperATR" process to extract clean and carbon-free hydrogen from hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen is coveted for use in fuel and is fairly expensive when obtained from natural gas.
Hydrogen sulfide is a highly regulated toxic waste and proper disposal of this waste costs the petroleum sector $5 billion a year. Therefore, the petroleum industry continues to look for efficient ways to obtain hydrogen from hydrogen sulfide. A number of major oil companies, foreign and domestic, have shown strong interest in the SuperATR process.
The IES management team is composed of scientists who are working to develop the intellectual property portfolio as well as the technology. While IES is adding to its management team for its commercialization efforts, the company is led in the interim by Jacques P. Bingue, IES's chief executive officer. A combat-decorated veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Bingue spent the last 10 years researching the fundamentals of the SuperATR process.
He recently completed an NSF-led SBIR awardees course focused on new tools to successfully take technology to the marketplace. By using these tools in conjunction with his academic research training, Bingue hopes to serve as a role model and help others become successful at starting technology-based small businesses.
Source: National Science Foundation