Breakthrough in Hydrogen Fuel Technology Announced by Seattle Area Start-up

KONTAK, a Redmond, Washington-based, early-stage energy technology company announces that is has made a significant breakthrough the development in the prototyping of safe hydrogen storage and fuel delivery system using a recyclable hydrogen carrier. A key feature of the technology is the novel reactor system that strips molecular hydrogen from the recyclable organic carrier, which can be transported at room temperature to the point of use. The technology has applicability for both internal combustion engines for mechanical power and fuel cells for electrical power.  
Hydrogen has long been a highly attractive and sought after alternative to petroleum-based hydrocarbon fuels, such as diesel and gasoline, because there are zero carbon emissions associated with its use and only harmless water vapor as a byproduct. However, most common hydrogen fuel solutions involve the storage and transport of liquid hydrogen in pressure vessels at −253°C (−423°F). In addition using today’s technology, liquefaction of hydrogen consumes more than 30% of the energy content of the hydrogen and is expensive. In addition, a quantity of stored hydrogen is inevitably lost through evaporation, or “boil off” of liquefied hydrogen, especially when using small tanks with large surface-to-volume ratios such as is current generation hydrogen automobiles.
Given the growing concern about CO2 pollution and the increasing evidence of the dangers of climate change, the development of hydrogen fuel technology is arriving at a critical point in industrial history.
Inventor and KONTAK co-founder and chief technology officer, David O’Connor has been working on the solution for several years and has already created and is patenting a demonstration system for the technology. “We have previously demonstrated the ability to run a small internal combustion engine in the laboratory and we believe there is great promise for the technology in such applications in the years ahead. We have envisioned the potential for converting traditional automobiles to hydrogen and have plans for making distribution centers for both fuel delivery and recycling on a localized basis.” O’Connor continued saying “However, we believe that fuel cell applications will lead the technology’s path to market with the rising interest in electrical vehicles as KONTAK’s technology obviates concerns both over the dangers and challenges of transporting liquid hydrogen along with the demonstrated risks of fires using lithium ion batteries.”
The company was the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant last year and delivered a report detailing the progress to date at that time. Improvements have been made since and the company has just begun seeking investment capital to refine and scale up its important technology.
CEO and co-founder Barton (Bart) Norton is bullish on the prospects of the company’s technology to vastly improve the landscape and acceptance of hydrogen as an energy alternative to fossil fuels, with a significantly reduced risk compared to current liquid hydrogen solutions. ‘We see a very bright future ahead for this game changing energy option, especially given the heightened global interest in reduced environmental impact energy solutions. The recent Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco September 12-14 attracted participants from around the world and clean energy solutions were the leading topic of interest,” said Norton  “KONTAK expects to play an important leadership role by providing the type of clean and renewable hydrogen based energy solutions that will be required for a clean and sustainable energy future for the world.”
About KONTAK : KONTAK is an early stage startup headquartered in Redmond, WA. To date the company has bootstrapped its development activities and is now pursuing funding to complete the development and demonstrate the scalability of its technologies. It is presently in discussions with several major corporations about cooperating in the development and roll out of its disruptive energy delivery technology alternative. For more information visit: or,