Austin, Texas-based Nano-Proprietary, through its subsidiary, Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI), today announced that it has entered into an exclusive development, purchase, and license agreement related to its hydrogen sensor products with an international company that specializes in the design, measurement, analysis, and development of electrical measuring equipment.. The agreement is exclusive for the measurement of hydrogen in power transformers, tap changers, and breakers.
The agreement calls for ANI to provide pre-production design, development, and engineering work, as well as to sell hydrogen sensors to be used in the final product. The purchaser will pay a royalty equal to 10% of the sales of the products containing the hydrogen sensors. To maintain exclusivity, the agreement calls for minimum royalties of $55,100 annually beginning October 1, 2004 and increasing to $1,000,000 annually by the beginning of the fourth year. The agreement allows the purchaser to avoid the minimum royalty payment by terminating the exclusivity portion of the agreement prior to the start of each year beginning October 1, 2004.
“Although this is only one of the many applications for our various sensor technologies, we are obviously excited to have our proprietary hydrogen sensor technology chosen for the power transformer market,” said Marc Eller, CEO of Nano-Proprietary. “Given the direct correlation between hydrogen levels and the lifetime of a transformer, as the power grid systems around the world continue to age, it has become increasingly important to predict the lifetime and performance of the power transformers to avoid lengthy down time and power outages.”
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