INERGIO prepares to launch clean fuel cells
26 January 2024 10:02
This year, INERGIO aims to overcome some of the final hurdles to the market launch of its flexible fuel cell system. The cleantech startup was founded in 2020 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and the School of Engineering and Business Vaud (HEIG-VD). INERGIO's clean, quiet, portable and efficient power generators are based on innovative solid oxide fuel cells. They can run on a variety of fuels, including hydrogen, methane, propane and biogas.
According to INERGIO, the miniaturized power plant increases autonomy by a factor of 10 compared to conventional power supplies and reduces space requirements by 90 per cent. The range of applications extends from Internet of Things (IoT) devices in off-grid regions to consumer electronics, autonomous robots and cars as well as emergency power supplies for companies.
INGERGIO co-founder and CEO Dr. Mahmoud Hadad said that the startup secured funding of two million Swiss francs last year, as well as funding from the EU project development funds Eurostar and Horizon. In 2024, the mobile power supply system (50 to 500 watts) will go into field testing “and so we take the final step towards commercializing the product”. As soon as the results are available, the process for CE certification will start.
This year will also see the first batch of ten to 20 units delivered. In Austria, INERGIO will work with corporate partners to present an emergency power system (2.5 kilowatts) powered by wood pellets. And finally, the next round of financing will be initiated, with a target of three to five million Swiss francs. ce/mm