BERLIN - Midsun Specialty Products on Four Rod Road and Farmington-based Mott Corporation will be among five Connecticut hydrogen and fuel-cell companies at the world’s biggest industrial fair - Hannover Messe, taking place in Germany from April 24 to 28.
Midsun at the event will launch a new version of its product, DetecTapeTM H2, a silicone tape that identifies hydrogen leaks on flanges and large-diameter piping. The company’s development partner, William Hoagland of Element One, who invented the hydrogen-detecting pigment used in DetecTape H2, will speak about the benefits of low-cost color-changing early-warning hydrogen detection.
The company will be at Hannover for the first time as it looks to ramp up its export business and continue its growth - from 2012 to 2016, MSP grew from 10 employees to 30.
Mott Corporation, whose filtration and flow-control technology is used in the energy, aerospace, medical-device and other industries, will be in Hannover to network with colleagues in alternative energy and meet with existing and prospective customers.
Michel Miller, Mott’s director of engineering services, will speak at a technical forum on designing components using porous metal. Miller and Leonard Orsini, director of process systems, will participate in a forum titled “Economic Benefits of Early Design Engagement - How Design for Ease of Manufacture Can Reduce Component Costs and Assembly Time.”
Both MSP and Mott will exhibit in a Connecticut-sponsored pavilion - the sixth year the state has brought companies to Hannover. The Connecticut pavilion is the result of a partnership of the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster and the Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Coalition, both administered by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology and the state Department of Economic and Community Development. The partnership helps companies that might not have the resources to exhibit at Hannover on their own take their place on the world stage, according to the DECD.
“Traveling abroad is expensive and the risk for our small company is disconcerting for the unknown (return on investment) on international business,” said Scott Lusignan, MSP marketing director. “State assistance helps reduce the risk by co-investing in our international opportunities.”
Being in the Connecticut pavilion, according to Orsini, “helps companies like Mott show that we are part of a bigger group of high-tech companies focused on a very specific product category and lends credibility to our brand.”
Connecticut is home to half of the region’s hydrogen and fuel-cell jobs - and 30 percent of America’s - just one more sector taking advantage of Connecticut’s “highly productive, highly skilled workforce,’ according to the DECD.
“Fuel cells can play a critical role in our nation’s energy independence, which is why we’ve worked to foster Connecticut’s leadership in this industry,” said DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith. “Helping our companies get to Hannover to meet customers and potential customers is one more way of maintaining Connecticut’s advantage in the hydrogen-fuel cell sector.”