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NanoSUN and EcoG win New Energy Challenge 2019

Low-cost hydrogen refueler and operating system for EV charging stations are prize-winning concepts

NanoSUN and EcoG have been named the winners of the fourth edition of the New Energy Challenge. The two were chosen by an expert jury from a field of more than 200 start-ups and scale-ups from across Europe and Israel who are developing advanced technologies and disruptive solutions that could be vital to meeting future energy needs.

NanoSUN was named ‘best start-up’ for the low-cost hydrogen refueler it has developed. This has the potential to eliminate 60% to 80% of the cost of conventional hydrogen refuelling, enabling rapid expansion of hydrogen refuelling stations. The company will receive at least €100,000 towards a proof of concept within the Shell GameChanger programme, offering a quick and cost-effective way to further test the technical and commercial viability of their solution.

EcoG was named ‘best scale-up’ for the operating system (OS) it has developed for EV charging stations. Their OS offers a greatly improved user experience and promises to be for charging stations, what Android is for smartphones. It makes it possible for retailers to introduce hardware-independent applications and services for better e-mobility experiences. This makes it more attractive for retail stations, and also a variety of other businesses, to increase or introduce the offer of EV charging, further developing the demand for electric driving. The company will further develop its winning pilot together with Shell’s Retail business, ultimately launching at a Shell retail site.

The New Energy Challenge is organized by Shell in partnership with Rockstart and Yes!Delft, the two leading accelerator programs in the Netherlands. Its goal is to bring together the best and the brightest minds working on the energy transition and accelerate the transition to a lower carbon future.