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U Delaware start-up aims to tackle climate change with green hydrogen technology


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 27th, 2021

A University of Delaware (UD) start-up aims to take on climate change by providing low-cost, green hydrogen to industries with heavy CO2 emissions.

Versogen is developing an electrolyzer that makes hydrogen directly from water, eliminating the CO2 left behind as a byproduct in current systems. According to Versogen founder and UD professor Yushan Yan, the technology has the potential to substantially reduce industrial carbon emissions in an environmentally sustainable way.

“The company’s latest expansion into electrolyzers is driven by the fast-growing business opportunities in green hydrogen for deep decarbonization of sectors of our economy beyond transportation,” Yan says. “Our cohesive team shares a vision to become the global leader in leveraging the sustainability and versatility of hydrogen to achieve a carbon-neutral society.”

Versogen is one of three start-ups selected for the fourth cohort of the Shell GameChanger Accelerator (GCxN), a collaborative effort between Shell and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory to “advance emerging clean technologies with the potential to dramatically alter the future global energy landscape.” The program provides start-ups with access to funding, state-of-the-art facilities, and world-class technology experts.

“Developing clean energy technology is necessary if we want to combat the effects of climate change on a global scale,” says Colin Post, one of three UD undergraduate interns working at Versogen. “I am convinced that [green hydrogen] has the potential to drastically help in our pursuit to cut down on carbon emissions.”

Versogen is based at the Delaware Innovation Space, a start-up incubator created jointly by UD, the State of Delaware and DuPont.

Source: UD Daily

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