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Out of 230, the Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Hydrogen Compression Solutions
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2 093 000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 230 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 hydrogen 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 225 hydrogen compression solutions, get in touch.
LAVO manufactures a Compressed Hydrogen Battery
The energy industry is transitioning towards hydrogen energy. Residential hydrogen storage replaces current fossil fuel-based energy for homes. However, the current limitation of residential hydrogen is in its continuous and consistent delivery of power. This is where startups are developing hydrogen batteries that store hydrogen to provide power for long durations.
Australian startup LAVO manufactures hybrid hydrogen batteries that work with rooftop solar panels. It uses a patented hydride technology to store hydrogen in a metal alloy to enable, long-term capture, hydrogen battery within a secure vessel. The patented metal alloy compresses, stores, and regulates hydrogen at a pressure of 30 bar which delivers 20,000 cycles of storage and charge. The combination of solar and hydrogen provides homes with up to 2 days of power without requiring a recharge, improving the reliability of off-grid power systems.
CYRUS manufactures Metal Hydride Hydrogen Compressors
Compressors are a key component required in the storage and transfer of high-pressure hydrogen. Moreover, the difficulty of compressing hydrogen increases as the pressure increases which then requires the use of more expensive compression technology. Metal hydride-based hydrogen compressors are able to overcome this problem due to their reduced capital, operational, and maintenance costs while also achieving high pressures of hydrogen compression. This is why startups are focusing on the production of efficient hydrogen compression systems that lower the cost of hydrogen production.
Greek startup CYRUS provides noise-free, metal hydride hydrogen compressors. The startup’s compressors use only low-cost, low-grade thermal energy, resulting in low operating costs. Additionally, the metal hydride-based system uses only water as the cooling and heating medium to achieve hydrogen pressures up to 500 bar. The startup’s compression technology reduces the operating cost of refueling stations by increasing the efficiency of hydrogen compression.
Cryomotive manufactures Cryogenic Hydrogen
Hydrogen fuel has a significantly better energy density than conventional fossil fuels, making it more efficient and clear for the environment. As a result, the automotive industry is transitioning to a hydrogen economy to decarbonize the industry and reduce its impact on global climate change. However, one of the barriers to a hydrogen economy is the current lack of hydrogen refueling infrastructure which limits the overall range of movement of hydrogen-powered vehicles. This barrier is being overcome by startups developing highly compressed hydrogen gas storage.
German startup Cryomotive develops clean hydrogen storage and refueling technology platforms. The startup’s cryogenic compressed hydrogen gas (CcH2), CRYOGAS, has a stored density of 72 g/l and provides a significantly higher travel range for vehicles than conventional hydrogen tanks. Cryomotive’s hydrogen storage system powers any hydrogen powertrain with sufficient energy flow, pressure, and additional cooling power removing the need for modification. This allows the utilization of hydrogen in long-haul vehicles without drivers having to worry about frequent refueling stops.
MetaVista develops Hydrogen Liquefaction Technology
Previously, liquid hydrogen is mainly relevant as a fuel source for only the aerospace industry. However, today liquid hydrogen finds applications in power drones, boats, vehicles, power grids, and more. However, the process of producing liquid hydrogen is energy-intensive and requires special thermally insulated high-pressure containers. This is why startups are developing technologies to efficiently produce and store hydrogen to increase the economical value of liquid hydrogen and its applications.
US-based startup MetaVista offers liquid hydrogen (LH2) production, storage, and refueling for hydrogen mobility applications. The startup’s Alpha hydrogen liquefiers provide flexible LH2 production with a capacity of up to 100 kg per day. The production system features a multi-cryocooler-driven design that offers portability and easy operation with high levels of efficiency of 30 kWh per 1 kg of LH2. Moreover, an automated hydrogen recirculation loop provides efficient direct hydrogen liquefaction and zero hydrogen loss with extremely high storage time.
Universal Hydrogen offers Hydrogen Capsules
The aerospace industry is among the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On the contrary, hydrogen-powered aircraft do not produce CO2 emissions as water is the only byproduct. Due to increasing restrictions and climate change policies, the aerospace industry is transitioning to hydrogen fuel enabled by startups developing high-pressure compressed hydrogen fuel cells.
US-based startup Universal Hydrogen produces flexible, scalable, and modular hydrogen fuel capsules for aircraft. The loading of modules directly into aircraft is achievable using existing cargo handling equipment with empty capsules returned via reverse logistics for refueling. The lightweight fuel cells enable aircraft operators to decarbonize their operations with minimal changes to existing infrastructure. Moreover, the startup also offers conversion kits to convert aircraft to hydrogen powertrains, further increasing the transition to hydrogen power.
Discover more Hydrogen Startups
Hydrogen startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on hydrogen generation, hydrogen carriers, and hydrogen-powered vehicles. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the hydrogen economy, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Hydrogen Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.