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Making hydrogen easy to deliver

Objective

Hydrogen is an excellent energy vector with nearly 3 times more energy density by weight (120 MJ/kg) than gasoline. It plays a strategic role in energy transition, being essential to achieve the decarbonisation objectives. But the big challenge that hinders the deployment of hydrogen as a real solution for zero-emissions mobility is how to transport and storage big quantities in a safe and economic way.
Our company HySiLabs has developed and patented an innovative hydrogen carrier called “HydroSil”, a liquid silicon hydride derivative, which is stable, non-toxic, non-explosive and non-dangerous. It enables to release hydrogen at the consumption site easily, on-demand and without any external energy input. Furthermore, it can be reused as many times as desired.
HydroSil is aimed to big energy companies aiming to supply hydrogen to the market. This solution allows them to use the existing logistic infrastructure for fossil fuel, thus revolutionising the hydrogen delivery sector. Its high hydrogen content enables to transport 7 times more H2 per truck than with high-pressure H2 gas, drastically reducing the operational costs and the related emissions. Our innovation will have a disruptive impact in the mobility sector as it has the potential to remove the barriers that currently prevent a wide deployment of hydrogen-based applications by tackling safety, regulatory and supply chain issues. Moreover, HydroSil is a unique carbon-free solution, suitable for onboard applications in heavy mobility (trucks, trains, maritime, etc.).
HySiLabs was created with the objective of developing and exploiting this new technology which is based in a recent scientific discovery. Properly industrialised, it has all the ingredients to become a game changer in hydrogen distribution industry, enabling the deployment of a hydrogen economy. With a business model based in revenues mainly from royalties and technical support, our baseline scenario foresees revenues over €82 million in 2030.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020-4
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Funding Scheme

SME-2b - SME Instrument (grant only and blended finance)

Coordinator

HYSILABS
Address
Avenue Louis Philibert Technopole Arbois Mediterranee
13100 Aix-en-provence
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 185 013