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Shell Gamechanger Accelerator Powered by NREL selects two green hydrogen startups for fourth cohort

The Shell GameChanger Accelerator Powered by NREL (GCxN) has selected three additional startups to participate in the program. The new companies are focused on creating electrochemical systems that can help reduce carbon emissions in hard-to-decarbonize sectors and represent the program’s fourth cohort. GCxN provides promising cleantech startups with technical resources to accelerate product commercialization while de-risking investment.

The selected startups are using electrochemistry to sustainably restructure the development of society’s most widely-used chemicals, materials and fuels. The fourth GCxN cohort includes:

  • Air Company (Brooklyn) – Transforming carbon dioxide captured from the air into impurity-free alcohols for spirits, fragrances, sanitizers and a variety of consumer industries, as well as for carbon-negative fuel in the long-term.

  • Ionomr Innovations (Vancouver, B.C.) – Developing ion-exchange membranes (IEM) and polymers used for electrochemical applications in order to reduce the use of cost-prohibitive and toxic materials. Applications include green hydrogen production, hydrogen fuel cells and carbon capture and utilization (CCU).

    Produced using hydrocarbon materials and a new polymer structure, Ionomr’s polymer-based solutions avoid a range of environmental problems associated with the production, use and disposal of fluorine-containing polymers predominantly used in clean technologies today.

    Ionomr Innovation recently announced that it completed the installation and commissioning of a new in-house pilot coating line. The new coater will help reduce time to market of the materials as well as enable closer collaborations with partners to provide unique and custom derivatives of IEM solutions.

  • Versogen (Wilmington, Del.) – Versogen is developing an electrolyzer technology that uses water and renewable energy to produce green hydrogen at scale in a reliable and affordable way.


    Versogen’s systems are built around its patented anion exchange membranes (AEM) and earth-abundant materials. This hydrogen-generating solution will substantially reduce industrial carbon emissions and lay the foundation for a sustainable energy future.

GCxN startups are nominated by the program’s network partners—more than 60 cross-industry cleantech incubators, accelerators and universities—before undergoing in-depth review by Shell and NREL. Participating companies benefit from NREL’s research capabilities, receive up to $250,000 in non-dilutive funding, and have access to networking opportunities through NREL’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. Participating startups have raised more than $52 million of funding to date, representing a $21 leverage ratio for each dollar of GCxN funding. Portfolio companies have also hired 51 new employees since GCxN program onboarding.



We'll be up to our chins in H2 if all this works out. + It is nice to see someone like Shell doing it who can scale it up when required.


They are pricing the renewable electricity at 2c / kWh, which is very very cheap.
In the grid case, it is ~4.2c / kWh, which is still very cheap.


Hi mahonj

I was wondering where you got your 2c/kwh, but then I found it:

'Multiple studies indicate that carbon-neutral green hydrogen will achieve cost parity with brown, gray, and blue hydrogen* by 2030–and likely sooner. In large commercial deployments where renewable electricity is at $20/MWh, electrolyzer facilities could produce green hydrogen at a price that can directly compete with the carbon-producing blue hydrogen systems in use today.'


same place I got it!
I don't know who would sell them electricity at c2 / kWh - desert solar maybe?


allow the city to buy solar power at a price of 3.676 cents per kilowatt-hour...


Whoa sjc! Thats a pretty old contract!
The 2cents/KWh is real enough now.
Here are a few links:
So doing the power at that price is tight, but:

Dunno how that one has worked out, but in some places prices are already well under that:

' Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power submitted a tariff of just 1.6953 U.S. cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for the 900MW fifth phase of Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park, according to a report by the Middle East Economic Digest. That sets a new record for unsubsidized solar PV production, in the region at least. However, it is still a little way short of the 1.654 cents/kWh achieved in Portugal earlier this year.'

Happy days!


Ironic then, the actual cost of electricity to consumers in Europe.
The solar and wind people can produce electricity at very low prices, some of the time - maybe 6 hours a day in sunny places, maybe 35% of the time in windy places on land, maybe 45% offshore.
Then the grid operators are left with the task of keeping things going with dispatchable power (typically gas, hydro or nuclear) for the rest.
And hence the high cost to consumers by the time you add all this in.,compared%20to%20the%20EU%20average.



You have really made a melee there!

We were talking about the cheapest solar power, and admittedly Portugal has somehow snuck into the mix, but with its northerly latitude Europe is about the last major region you would think of to do that, and you also throw in offshore wind, which is way more expensive than onshore, let alone solar in the best regions.

So nothing ironic about it, in my view.

Just different prices depending on the resources available.

Renewables will always vary in price by region.


@Dave: "Renewables will always vary in price by region."
You can say that again!
And HVDC transmission is not cheap either.
At least Europe is rich enough to afford it.
Now to get the Germans and Poles to stop burning coal and lignite.
Restart some reactors, maybe (might be too late for that).

Because the whole point of this is to stop putting Co2 and CH4 into the atmosphere.


New Record-Low Solar Price Bid — 1.3¢/KWh

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