Heliocentris specialises in autonomous energy supply and energy efficiency solutions with the aim of optimising and eventually replacing diesel generators with zero-emission products. The company, based in Berlin, develops and markets systems and turnkey solutions for customers in industry and science and has three business areas: Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy and Didactic/Academia. The core competency is the efficient hybridisation of energy generators from renewables and diesel with energy storage solutions including batteries and hydrogen fuel cell based storage solutions developed in-house. The range of commercial solutions comprise monitoring and management solutions for autonomous energy supply across a variety of market applications such as telecoms and housing, ultimately delivering operators significant uptime increase and energy cost reduction (by up to 70% compared to existing solutions). The solutions are being commercially rolled out in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
SFC Energy provides methanol fuel cells and power electronics based solutions that are specifically developed for reliable generation of power for stationary, mobile and portable applications. SFC distributes products for private end users, industrial customers (e.g. oil and gas) as well as defence and security agencies. Equally successfully, the group develops, produces and globally distributes higher level power management components e.g. converters and switched mode power supplies. The products increasingly are delivered as power supply system solutions according to customer requirements.
Protonex, based in Massachusetts, USA designs and builds portable power solutions for remote and mobile applications in the 100 to 1,000-watt power range for the recreation, commercial and defence markets. In particular with their very high power density, Protonex defence products address the power needs for a broad spectrum of defence applications such as field battery chargers, auxilliary power units (APUs) for silent watch, unmanned aerial vehicles, digital communication systems and intelligence gathering sensors. Protonex was sold to Ballard Power Systems in an acquisition by share swap in October 2015.
Founded in 2006, Hydrexia Pty Ltd is based in Brisbane, Australia. Hydrexia changes the way energy is transported and consumed by using its proprietary hybrid materials to make low pressure hydrogen storage systems with high storage densities that are safer and cost less than existing compressed gas systems. While hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and large scale renewable energy storage are potential applications, Hydrexia’s current focus is on the industrial merchant storage and delivery addressing two market opportunities: solid state hydrogen storage systems and low cost hydrogen delivery. The company’s technology and value proposition was recently endorsed through an investment by Air Liquide SA, one of the world’s leading industrial gas companies.
CPT offers a portfolio of low carbon powertrain related products at an advanced stage of development. These include “Cobra” an electronically controlled supercharger, “SpeedStart®” a stop-start system and “Tigers®” an exhaust energy recovery system. All products utilise switched reluctance electric motor technology delivering ‘micro-hybrid’ vehicle functionality.
Nasdaq and TSX listed, Ballard is a global leader in delivering zero-emission power generation products and services across several key market applications. The company develops and commercializes clean, reliable and high value power solutions in the following key markets: Stationary Power (e.g. Telecom power infrastructure), Motive Power (e.g. Materials Handling, Bus and Light Rail) and Portable Power, the latter addressing a spectrum of applications in the Defence and Commercial industries through the recent Protonex acquisition. Ballard also delivers Technology Solutions to resolve customers’ technical and business challenges. These leverage Ballard’s 30 years of experience comprising fuel cell science, engineering and manufacturing expertise to deliver industry leading clean power solutions. Ballard was founded in 1979 and has designed and shipped over 150 MW of fuel cell based clean power systems to date. The company is headquartered in Burnaby, Canada with research and development, testing and manufacturing facilities in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
Walfuel, is based in Hefei, Eastern China and develops and commercializes pre-engine treatment systems including advanced filtration technologies (fuel, oil, air), water separators for diesel engines meeting domestic Euro III emission standards. Wal is scaled up for mass production and is viewed as the first local qualified supplier of fuel filters for Euro III diesel engines. Wal is an OEM supplier to more than 70% of the diesel engine companies in China and also supplies multi-national companies in Europe and the USA.
At the same time, Wal collaborates with Chinese engine OEMs to develop and design engines that comply with existing and future emissions limits.
Centec is a leading energy saving technology provider focusing on energy metering and energy services. The company is based in Qingdao, China. Centec’s main product is a heat allocation system that offers energy saving and energy management as a whole solution. These enable accurate data recording and efficient management of heat consumption by both utilities and customers. Centec is central in the strong push in China towards energy efficiency in buildings as the country pursues massive urban development projects. The company is highly regarded as the pioneer in this field and its technology can be applied to other utility management systems.
PEMEAS GmbH (“Pemeas”), based in Frankfurt Germany and New Jersey, USA, developed and supplied proprietary high temperature enabling components – membranes, MEAs, precious metal catalysts, electrode technologies – to the fuel cell industry for use in a wide range of applications such as portable and stationary power. The company was a spin-off from Hoechst/Celanese. PEMEAS was sold to BASF in 2007.
Based in Frankfurt, Germany and founded in June 2013 through a spin-off from Allessa-Chemie, TouGas provides innovative specialty chemical materials solutions to the global oil and gas industry. Leveraging its unique technology platform, the company is focused on developing and commercialising tailor-made chemical solutions and services which address critical bottlenecks and reduce the environmental footprint in hydraulic fracking operations and other key markets such as well stimulation and enhanced oil recovery – some of the fastest growing segments in the oilfield chemicals industry.
Cellex Power Systems, based in Vancouver, Canada, was sold to Plug Power in April 2007.
Didi Chuxing, located in Beijing, is the largest data-driven and application driven transportation platform in China. It provides services including, taxi hailing, private car hailing, Hitch (social ride-sharing), DiDi Chauffeur, DiDi Bus, DiDi Test Drive, DiDi Car Rental and DiDi Enterprise Solutions to users via a smartphone application. It was valued (as of June 2016) at approximately US$28 billion. DiDi announced that it acquired Uber’s China unit on August 1, 2016. Following this acquisition, Didi Chuxing is estimated to be worth US$35 billion. Its investors include Tencent, Alibaba, Apple, and top tier financial institutions and sovereign wealth funds.