Miracle Half-Cell: STELTH® HCPTM
New palladium-based reference electrodes are hydrocarbon-proof (HCP™)
The dilemma that has faced all corrosion engineers is selecting the right reference electrode chemistry for the soil or water conditions they encounter.
Corrosion engineers could be dealing with areas with contaminated soil or water from hydrocarbons and/or chlorides (such as tank farms, refineries, and service stations) as well as natural conditions with unknown chloride counts (like brackish water).
Our extensive research has brought to market the STELTH® hydrocarbon-proof (HCP™) reference electrode using palladium as the reference element, which makes it suitable for all of the above conditions.
When used with BORIN® COMANCHE® remote monitoring units, all palladium reference electrodes will be converted to read as though they were copper, should you choose to do so.
Until now, hydrocarbons proved deadly to all available reference electrode chemistries, including industry staples copper, silver, and zinc.
“We’ve been soaking the HCP™ in gasoline as well as other hydrocarbons for 2 years and it still has a constant stable potential,” said Bill Borin, president of BORIN® Manufacturing. “We sent it to a third-party testing facility to validate our findings, and it exceeded our expectations. Our new hydrocarbon-proof chemistry has proven to make our STELTH HCP the ‘miracle half-cell.’ The STELTH HCP remains accurate when nothing else works.”
BORIN’s STELTH HCP half-cell chemistry – now patent pending in both the United States and internationally – was co-invented by Bill Borin and Beth Weaver, former Director of Research and Development for BORIN Manufacturing, as a result of chatting about the thermodynamics of corrosion.
“The chemistry of our new reference cell is specifically engineered to survive in hydrocarbon environments,” explained Weaver. “We wanted to remove the difficulties associated with replacing failed stationary electrodes or maintaining portable electrodes in such corrosive conditions.”
“The STELTH HCP will revolutionize the industry,” said BORIN Vice President Gregg Steele. “Locations with difficult situations such as gas stations, tank farms, and refineries will finally have a reference electrode that works for them, no matter what their challenges may be.”
The applications for the new STELTH HCP are limitless. Problem zones which have stunted use of traditional chemistries is another place the STELTH HCP will succeed – such as areas that have too many parts per million of chlorides for silver reference electrodes.
“Having one chemistry that can work everywhere is an asset,” Steele said.
The R&D Department at BORIN has completed an extensive 3-year testing process, prompting the release of the new STELTH HCP line.
When asked about the price of the STELTH HCP products, Borin indicated that they will make it cost effective so it can be included in specifications for general use.
“We’re going to price it so you’ll want to use it,” said Borin. “You’ll love it and want to install it everywhere.”
See also: STELTH Reference Electrodes
To learn more about how the STELTH HCP line of reference electrodes can solve your hydrocarbon or chloride count issues, feel free to contact us:
Culver City, CA 90230