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The burgeoning demand for electricity requires the growth of distributed (off-grid/poor-grid) power sources in an increasingly emissions restricted environment. Fuel cell technology is perfectly suited to address this need with numerous field trials – off-grid, telecom backup, cars, buses, trains and ships – demonstrated and pre-commercial deployments underway. Fuel cells are ready! But they cannot scale without an on-site hydrogen supply…

The burgeoning demand for electricity requires the growth of distributed (off-grid/poor-grid) power sources in an increasingly emissions restricted environment. Fuel cell technology is perfectly suited to address this need with numerous field trials – off-grid, telecom backup, cars, buses, trains and ships –demonstrated and pre-commercial deployments underway. Fuel cells are ready! But they cannot scale without an on-site hydrogen supply…

HYENA has the technology to generate the necessary hydrogen by using local LPG as the hydrogen carrier and thereby eliminating the need for a distinct hydrogen distribution network. The infrastructure for LPG distribution is already in place, making localized power generation with HYENA power packs a reality. The result is affordable, on-demand and weather-independent electrical power from locally available fuel, with 15 % less CO2 than a diesel genset.

MISSION

Trusted supplier of
hydrogen-fuelled power
sources

VISION

Making fuel cells possible
through hydrogen generation
wherever you need it

Mission

Trusted supplier of
hydrogen-fuelled power
sources

Vision

Making fuel cells possible
through hydrogen generation
wherever you need it

PRODUCT

The HYENA power pack comprises two sections, i) a hydrogen generator and ii) a fuel cell. In the hydrogen generator, hydrogen is released from water and LPG via a series of catalytic reactions. In the fuel cell, hydrogen and air are converted to electrical power and water. The entire operation is silent with 15 % lower CO2 emission than a diesel genset.

The HYENA power pack comprises two sections, i) a hydrogen generator and ii) a fuel cell. In the hydrogen generator, hydrogen is released from water and LPG via a series of catalytic reactions. In the fuel cell, hydrogen and air are converted to electrical power and water. The entire operation is silent with 15 % lower CO2 emission than a diesel genset.

HYENA Advantage

Use of existing LPG infrastructure

Development of a global hydrogen distribution infrastructure, like that already in place for LPG, would take several decades to complete and be outrageously expensive. By using HYENA technology, LPG is utilised as the on-site hydrogen source and thereby making localised power generation a reality. Also, LPG is well established as a consumer fuel – often pre-existing for cooking and heating. All regulatory requirements for its use, distribution and storage are in place and well understood.

Easy to service

In-field servicing is one of the main advantages of HYENA power packs – made possible by the modular design of active components such that maintenance is as simple as replacing cartridges in your printer.

Team and location

The highly skilled South African based HYENA team are well-positioned to access the African market. The team has extensive, diverse experience in engineering technology – from academia to industry including small scale decentralized systems.

Advantage over solar, wind, battery and diesel genset technologies

Given a constant source of LPG and water the HYENA power pack will produce an endless supply of uninterrupted power, demonstrating HYENA’s superiority versus that of weather-dependent solar and wind systems or batteries limited by their finite storage capacity.

In addition to producing continuous or back-up power, the HYENA power pack has several advantages over a diesel genset. A HYENA power pack is silent, generates no vibration or unhealthy particulates and does not require the frequent and short maintenance intervals.

MARKETS

HYENA is a specialist in hydrogen-fuelled electrical power applications, mainly as standalone systems of small to medium size. The focus lies on electrical power sources comprising of our integrated hydrogen generators and fuel cells, fuelled by LPG to produce electricity in the range of 1 to 20 kWe – as “power packs” – and optimised for the off-grid/poor-grid market segments.

FOUNDERS

Niels Luchters

With a background as the Key Technology Specialist Fuel-to-Hydrogen at the University of Cape Town, Niels brings experiences in project management and research. Before relocating to South Africa, he worked at Avantium B.V., a global tech start-up company based in the Netherlands.

Jack V. Fletcher

A strong research professional with a demonstrated history in the energy industry. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and brings experience from lab research to pilot and industrial plant operation from Sasol.

Jack C.Q. Fletcher

Jack is Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Director of the Catalysis Institute at the University Cape Town. Previously, Jack held the position of Director R&D at Süd Chemie AG (now Clariant). He is a founding member of Cape Catalytix (Pty) Ltd.

Stephen Roberts

Stephen, a registered professional engineer, is the Industrial Research Contracts Manager at the Catalysis Institute. Previously, he was a lead researcher in catalyst development at Mintek. He is a founding member of Cape Catalytix (Pty) Ltd.

FOUNDERS

Niels Luchters

With a background as the Key Technology Specialist Fuel-to-Hydrogen at the University of Cape Town, Niels brings experiences in project management and research. Before relocating to South Africa, he worked at Avantium B.V., a global tech start-up company based in the Netherlands.

Jack V. Fletcher

A strong research professional with a demonstrated history in the energy industry. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and brings experience from lab research to pilot and industrial plant operation from Sasol.

Jack C.Q. Fletcher

Jack is Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Director of the Catalysis Institute at the University Cape Town. Previously, Jack held the position of Director R&D at Süd Chemie AG (now Clariant). He is a founding member of Cape Catalytix (Pty) Ltd.

Stephen Roberts

Stephen, a registered professional engineer, is the Industrial Research Contracts Manager at the Catalysis Institute. Previously, he was a lead researcher in catalyst development at Mintek. He is a founding member of Cape Catalytix (Pty) Ltd.

50 kg Cylinder has only 0.62 kg H2

9 kg LPG has 3 kg H2

50 kg Cylinder
has only 0.62 kg H2

9 kg LPG
has 3 kg H2

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