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Over the past year, we have been working in collaboration with Teesside University, researching and developing new technologies, to deliver decarbonisation and sustainable energy as an integral pillar of its corporate strategy.

In doing this, we have developed an exciting new product for DarbyTech.

DarbyTech’s ModApp (Modular Apparatus) Range

The first demonstrator in this range is the ModApp H2, a compact and concise experimental apparatus with instrumentation, data acquisition and control for experiments and research applications including:

  • Decomposition of ammonia
  • Methane combustion and steam methane reforming
  • Membrane operation and adsorption experiments
  • Life cycle of hydrogen from creation to use in a fuel cell
  • Catalysis Research: (process impact, types, size & shape)

The ModApp H2 is ideally suited for UG chemical engineering experiments in reaction engineering, and process control.

We are extremely grateful for our partnership with Teesside University as industrial training equipment manufacturers. It is of absolute importance that our products are verified by industry professionals to ensure that we can offer the best learning experience.

This short video featuring DarbyTech’s Clean Energy Prototype Engineer, gives a brief overview of the rig, what it does and what learning outcomes can be achieved.

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We are thrilled to reveal our first installation of the DarbyTech / SimPlant Hands – On Process Operation Skills Trainer at Frank Phillip’s College, Texas! 

DarbyTech’s team arrived at Frank Phillips College on Sunday 24th of July 2022 to assemble the HPOST Skid. With the assistance of our US agents SimPlant Training, the skid was assembled over the course of two days with all the correct safety precautions put into place. As part of our installation process we include “Train the Trainer” sessions in which we provide comprehensive training for the educators to prepare them for teaching on the unit. The training given was a great success and allowed any questions to be answered in person.

Though in-person training was provided at the time of installation, DarbyTech offer support for our products to ensure that they are being used safely and to their maximum capacity. The HPOST is a substantial stepping stone in the industrial training equipment industry as it allows students to learn on real life equipment in a safe but true to life industrial environment.

This unit is spread across 450 square feet with the benefit of a staircase to a mezzanine level; offering plenty of learning stations with interchangeable student modules in mind. We wish all students at Frank Phillips College the best of luck for the start of this semester and hope they make the most of this fantastic unit!

If you have any queries about our Hands-On Process Operation Skills Trainer, then get in touch:

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The global economy is currently reliant upon fossil fuels but their use produces colossal amounts of chemical pollutants, especially greenhouse gases. The use of fossil fuels is unsustainable and must be reduced; a number of solutions have been considered.  
Attention has centred upon the renewable electrification of previously greenhouse gas-emitting activities, particularly for transportation. However for most industrial applications chemical-based fuels are favoured, due to their higher energy densities. Synthetic fuels and biofuels have potential however they currently suffer from similar problems as fossil fuels, since they result in the emission of pollutants or put pressure on available land also used for food production.  
An alternative approach is to move from fossil fuel reliance to a hydrogen-based economy. Hydrogen is not a greenhouse gas and when it is used in fuel cells only water is produced. Also, the low oxidation temperature prevents the formation of nitrous oxides; a significant pollutant associated with conventional fossil fuels. 
The global chemical industry is reportedly responsible for 2 x109 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year. In order to decarbonise this industry, it must shift its focus to sustainable hydrogen production. Hydrogen can be created using multiple methods, which have been categorised using a colour-based system. 
Green hydrogen, produced via electrolysis with renewable electricity, has the lowest environmental impact. However the most common type of hydrogen produced currently within the UK is grey hydrogen and it is created by an industrial process called Steam Methane Reforming. This process produces a large amount of carbon dioxide which is released into the atmosphere. However if this is captured and stored or reutilised it is classified as blue. The UK is targeting 5GW of hydrogen production capacity by 2030; Blue hydrogen is the most viable option since currently the technology required for green hydrogen is not economically viable on a large enough scale.   
Globally hydrogen production and utilisation programmes are gaining significant traction. Therefore, having an understanding of the hydrogen economy and associated reaction processes is becoming essential for future engineers.

Written by James Eyers – MEng, Prototype Design Engineer

August 2022


Working closely with our US agent SimPlant Training, DarbyTech are honoured to partner with Frank Phillips College to put our first Hands on Process Skills Trainer (HPOST) in service.

We are confident the HPOST will allow the industrial technology students to demonstrate practical skills that will help ensure their success in the manufacturing industry.

Special thanks to Frank Phillips College and the Texas Workforce Commission for helping make the HPOST vision a reality that will benefit technical students and the manufacturing industry for years to come.

For more information about out HPOST check us out on YouTube!


DarbyTech and JBA will be attending Hartlepool College of Further Education’s BIG APPRENTICESHIP EVENT on February 9th 2022.

We will be showcasing our IOT Wireless sensors to inspire young, budding engineers to progress in the path to success in the industry.