Hydrogen could constitute a major source of low-carbon energy in the cities of the future. However, in gaseous form, it struggles to find its place. This is due to difficulties in transporting and storing it under high pressure in cylinders. HySiLabs has come up with a new technology that overcomes these storage and transportation issues. Its process allows for the transportation of up to 7 times more hydrogen by channelling it in a liquid vehicle! But that's not all - to avoid storage problems, the solution releases hydrogen on demand, and in under 10 seconds, for direct consumption.
Combined with a fuel cell, this innovative and safe energy carrier could potentially power electric vehicles and bicycles, remote sites, and provide heat and electricity to eco-districts of cities of tomorrow. The HySiLabs solution could thus reduce CO2 emissions linked to transport and industry.
Made up of talented specialists in renewable energies, mechanics, chemistry and intellectual property, the team plans to soon grow from 5 to 8 employees and to file around ten patents.
4 questions to HySiLabs
Where did you get the idea for this startup?
My business partner Vincent and I are passionate about innovation and the energies of tomorrow. During a scientific collaboration Vincent had the opportunity to collaborate with a research team that had accidentally discovered a new liquid used to transport hydrogen. Convinced that this breakthrough technology would play a major role in the deployment of more environmentally friendly solutions, we decided to create HySiLabs to bring this liquid hydrogen carrier breakthrough technology to the market.
Any recent good news?
To overcome the last remaining technological barriers and strengthen our team, we plan to recruit 8 people in 2018, and we have just completed a 2 million euro fund-raising round! It is now up to us to revolutionise the world of hydrogen transportation and, more generally, the development of green energies.
What is the most unexpected thing that your startup has made you do?
We travelled all over Europe and even Asia in search of partners, on such a small budget that we stayed in local people’s homes to save money and pay for entry to various trade fairs - a unique and enriching experience!
In what way does your project revolutionise your category?
Hydrogen is now seen as a key element in the energy transition, but its use remains limited due to its specific storage and transportation requirements and needs. HySiLabs's innovative solution completely overcomes this problem by means of to its liquid carrier loaded with H2. This innovation has considerable advantages in terms of safety and efficiency for the deployment of hydrogen solutions in the cities of the future. These unique features make HySiLabs a key stakeholder in the Smart City by facilitating the adoption of low-carbon solutions and thus helping to reduce CO2 emissions linked to transport and industry by 70 mt per year.