In 2011, three SME AG (Small to Medium Enterprise Association Group) namely EABS (European Association of Brazing and Soldering), CESOL (Spanish Welding Association) and BESA (Building Engineering Services Association) successfully applied for EU funding under FP7 with €1.8m initiative to carry out research and development for a new and safer flame.
This R&D project was completed in 2014 culminating in the creation of a new safer flame from water. It involved an electrolyser using the latest PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) stack technology to break water (H20) into its gaseous components of Hydrogen (H2) and Oxygen (O2) to be used in conjunction with a specially designed torch to deliver the new and safer Hydrogen flame (post-mix). It must not be confused with the traditional HHO system flame from water which uses chemicals like potassium hydroxide (KOH) and the output gases of Hydrogen and Oxygen from the electrolysis of water are mixed before it is burned in the torch (pre-mix) and is prone to "light back" or "Flashback"
Safeflame (UK) Limited was created to exploit the results from the project commercially. Safeflame is based in Frome, Somerset in the UK. There is a range of Safeflame units in various sizes available to view and can be used to assess the size of the Safeflame unit required for the tasks the customer is hoping to achieve.