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Announcement of participants for the Low-Carbon Hydrogen Accelerator

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Shell, the City of Houston, Greentown Labs, and the Urban Future Lab (UFL) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering have announced seven start-up participants for the Low-Carbon Hydrogen Accelerator (LCHA), a Greentown Go programme designed to support solutions across low-carbon hydrogen production, storage, and distribution.

LCHA is part of the Greentown Go family of programmes — Greentown's climate tech partnerships accelerator — and is the 2022 programme for the Go Energize track. This six-month, highly-structured accelerator programme offers start-up participants collaboration and engagement opportunities with EPRI, its member utilities, and Shell on technology validation, feasibility studies, paid pilot demonstrations, and other development and commercial partnerships.

LCHA received 88 applications from 18 countries, representing numerous innovations that are advancing low-carbon hydrogen production, enhancing hydrogen storage and distribution, and providing business model innovations for the management of hydrogen supply chains. After a highly competitive judging and selection process, seven companies were chosen, representing the broad innovation needed across the low-carbon hydrogen supply chain to reach deep, economy-wide decarbonisation:

  • Advanced Ionics (Milwaukee, WI) is enabling green hydrogen production without the green premium.
  • Arco Technologies (Bologna, Italy) is developing a proprietary Anion Exchange Membrane electrolyser with the lowest capital expenditures and operating expenses possible.
  • Clean Power (Greater Manchester, UK) is developing a novel, low-cost, highly-durable hydrogen polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell delivering zero-emission electricity.
  • Element Resources (Houston, Texas, US) is enabling compressed hydrogen storage tank technology.
  • Smartpipe Technologies (Houston) is developing a robust self-monitored repurposed pipeline system for hydrogen with minimal environmental disruption.
  • SPEC Sensors (Newark, California, US) is creating a robust and reliable meshed sensor network for hydrogen leak detection and line-monitoring systems.
  • RUNWITHIT Synthetics (Alberta, Canada) is creating a live, digital twin modelling platform that generates decision-support data for regional hydrogen-demand scenarios.
  • EPRI and Shell will provide the start-up participants with two main pathways for engagement: a technology validation track and a technology demonstration track.




For more news and technical articles from the global hydrogen sector, read the latest issue of Global Hydrogen Review magazine.

Global Hydrogen Review's Spring 2022 issue

The inaugural issue of Global Hydrogen Review is full of detailed technical articles and case studies exploring the entire spectrum of hydrogen production and its applications worldwide. This issue covers a range of topics including the current status of blue hydrogen, how cryogenic technology is helping to shape the energy transition, and integrity management of hydrogen pipelines. Other features include green hydrogen, simulation, transportation, compressor technology, and much more.

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