Staying ahead of the technology curve means strengthening your competitive advantage. That is why we give you data-driven innovation insights into the hydrogen economy. This time, you get to discover 5 hand-picked startups building hydrogen infrastructure solutions.
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The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 107 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 hydrogen infrastructure startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 102 hydrogen infrastructure solutions, get in touch.
Nproxx provides High-Density Hydrogen Storage
Hydrogen has the highest level of energy by mass of any fuel but as the lightest element, it is low in energy by volume. That is why it is necessary to store hydrogen at high densities to make it viable as a fuel for transportation and energy. Startups are working on high-density hydrogen storage solutions to accelerate decarbonization goals and implement hydrogen-based energy systems.
Dutch startup Nproxx develops high-pressure stationary hydrogen storage solutions. Nproxx uses durable and lightweight composites which allows 300 or 500 bar pressure to compactly store hydrogen. This significantly minimizes the storage footprint of hydrogen systems. Nproxx develops stationary storage with more than 1000 kilograms of liquid hydrogen and is suitable for use either at the source of production or at refueling stations and similar facilities.
Hiringa Energy builds a Hydrogen Refueling Network
The lack of hydrogen infrastructure is one of the limiting factors that preventing the adoption of hydrogen-powered vehicles. Refueling stations are the main part of this infrastructure and increasing the number of stations leads to the increasing number of hydrogen vehicles. Startups and emerging companies, along with government support, are planning and building hydrogen refueling networks.
Hiringa Energy is a startup from New Zealand developing a green hydrogen production and refueling network across the country. The current plan focuses primarily on the heavy vehicles market. Hiringa Energy’s three-phase plan extends to 2030 and is expected to install up to 100 refueling stations. For hydrogen generation, the network includes both centralized and decentralized hydrogen production systems as well as plus third-party production to ensure reliable energy supply.
SoHHytec enables Integrated Hydrogen & Heat Production
Today, an overwhelming majority of global hydrogen production is based on reforming conventional fossil fuels, leading to further environmental pollution. This centralized approach also causes other problems such as high transporting costs. That’s why startups are looking for decentralized ways to produce hydrogen using clean and renewable energy.
Swiss startup SoHHytec creates Arb – a solution for hydrogen fuel, energy, and heat production. Arb is based on a patent-pending concentrated integrated-photoelectrochemical (CIPEC) approach. The system uses sunlight, which is concentrated by a factor of 1000 using a parabolic concentrator. Light is then used by Arb’s Pod, which sits at the focus of the parabolic dish. Arb’s Pod utilizes the incoming concentrated sunlight to produce fuel, electricity, and heat at the same time. All systems are backed by a controller to extend the longevity and efficiency of the systems and require only minimal maintenance during the operational years.