F&L Powerrental started working as a rental pilot partner with the DENS Hydrozine generator

The Netherlands is working hard on the energy transition, achieving the sustainability objectives.To achieve this goals, we will really have to work together to test the latest innovative technologies. That is why F&L Powerrental and DENS will carry out pilots with the Hydrozine generator especially for rental applications.

F&L Powerrental, a well-known player in the world of festivals and events as a rental specialist of electricity, water and light for decades In addition to the event sector, requests are now also coming from other sectors such as construction and infrastructure, municipalities and the manufacturing industry where F&L Powerrental has currently conquered a prominent position in the market. By working daily on sustainable solutions and expanding an emission-free rental fleet, F&L Powerrental also strives for an emission-free and energy-efficient future.

The collaboration with DENS, developer of the Hydrozine generator, is a major step forward in the possibilities for an emission-free construction site. The generator generates electicity, based on the liquid hydrogen carrier Hydrozine. Hydrozine makes it possible to store and transport large quantities of hydrogen in standard stainless steel or plastic packaging units. The use is therefore very similar to that of conventional fuels such as diesel or petrol. The Hydrozine is converted back into hydrogen in the generator and then into electricity by a conventional fuel  cell. In this way hydrogen can be used in a user-friendly and safe way as an emission-free and sustainable energy source. Because both the reformer process and the conversion in the fuel cell take place at low temperatures, no harmful substances such as sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides or particulate matter are created. In addition, the process is completely whisper quiet. “The cooperation pilots with a rental partner are essential for us to gain a good insight into wich aspects are important for a good rentable generator that can be widely deployed’” says Max Aerts CEO of DENS. For example, together we will work especially with the user interface and various application areas.”

“We are proud that we are the first lessor to be able to get started with this type of generator. As F&L Powerrental, our business is future-proof and we therefore invest in smart, sustainable solutions at an early stage. We have been following developments at DENS closely for 3 years. We all know the objectives of 2030 and 2050, so that means we have to start now to be ready on time.” said Ralph van Veen, director of F&L Powerrental.

Secretary of State van Veldhoven pays a digital visit to DENS and the Brainport Smart District

Secretary of State Stientje van Veldhoven visited DENS and the Brainport Smart District (BSD) on the 30th of November, to understand how circular construction occurs in practise. Due to the active coronavirus measures this visit was online. Secretary of State van Veldhoven was impressed by all the different innovations that have emerged in Helmond. “We cannot miss any opportunity in supporting the transition to a circular energy in the construction industry. The developed innovations by BSD and DENS contribute to an enormous scale jump that we support. I like to pick up the gauntlet in order to work together on ripening the smart innovations of our partners, so that eventually this can be implemented within a bigger scale”, thus the Secretary of State.

At an online meeting van Veldhoven started a discussion with of among others councilor Cathalijne Dortmans, mayor Blanksma and Maxime Verhagen, chairman of “Bouwend Nederland”, and entrepreneurs Max Aerts and Tijn Swinkels of DENS. She was showed how DENS contributes to the Construction Site of the Future with the implementation of Hydrozine.. “Hydrozine, also known as formic acid, supplies sustainable electricity for electricity generators., completely free from harmful emissions and noise. With this we contribute to a cleaner construction site and the reduction of harmful emissions. To accelerate the energy transition in the construction industry, we decided to put our technique on the agenda of the Secretary of State”, tells Max Aerts, founder of DENS.

Trial Garden
After the conversation with DENS, the Secretary of State was updated about the developments in the Brainport Smart District. This developing area in Helmond is a place where sustainable innovations from the Brainport Area can settle and partners jointly dare to experiment. The Hydrozine generator developed by DENS will also be utilized for construction projects within the Brainport Smart District and this is one of the many components that contribute to the innovative and circular character of the area. “Trial gardens like BSD are of great importance for the many transitions within different regions that our country and region have to go through, for example sustainability and circularity. Innovation funds and investments, national and international, are of the most importance to test, try out and improve our innovative concepts.” Said councilor Cathalijne Dortmans and also the chairman of ‘the Stichting Brainport Smart District’.

Infrastructural project of the A16 in Rotterdam suits as a test for nitrogen reduction in the construction industry.

Infrastructural project of the A16 in Rotterdam suits as a test for nitrogen reduction in the construction industry.

The government is supporting a pilot for an emission free construction site

The first fully electric 25 tons excavator of the Netherlands is operating during constructional work of the new A16 highway in Rotterdam. That makes the A16 the first project to utilize the pilot regulation for reducing nitrogen in the construction industry and starts operating with the electrification of materials. During the first half of 2021 more electric materials will follow. These are the first initiatives that have to contribute to the process of becoming a sustainable sector. Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen applauds the initiative of the market players: ‘the first to shoot wins: great work! Fantastic that that the A16 project can be executed in this way. When putting out contracts we shall put more weight towards the emission free working methods.

Electric materials working on innovative energy sources

Besides the earlier mentioned excavator, more electric machines will be used for the project during the first half of 2021, for example a 30 tons crawler excavator, a 16 tons mobile excavator, an asphalt saw, and a 20 tons shovel. The machines will be powered by innovative energy sources, like an generator working on formic acid and five hybrid generators with a battery pack and solar panels. Furthermore, there will be an ultra-low sand transhipment because of the method used during the movement.


The construction industry recognizes urgency of sustainability

Stefan van der Voorn, contract manager at Rijkswaterstaat, explains the in initiative: ‘the electrification of material is a measurement used to make the industry more sustainable. And this is badly needed considering the climate crisis and nitrogen problems. The electrification of material helps the reduction of nitrogen during the construction of road.  The A16 in Rotterdam also has high sustainability ambitions during the usage phase. It will become the world’s first energy neutral highway with a tunnel.  So work is being done on several fronts on the sustainable development of infrastructure.

Multiple sustainability initiatives

Innovation is not something you do alone. Sjoerd Gijezen, CSR-manager at consortium “de Groene Boog”: we notice willingness from companies within the building combination and partners to invest in sustainability. Together with them different innovation sessions were organized to move one step further towards an emission free construction site and to utilize the pilot in the correct manner. Within the project of the A16 in Rotterdam we take, besides the electrification of construction material, also other sustainability measurements. Building material and trucks drive on a 100% HVO-fuel. Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel is a biodiesel produced from residual flows originating from the food and wood industry. With this an 89% CO2 reduction is obtained in comparison with diesel fuel. We create a pedestrian bridge from recycled concrete, tunnel lighting is being optimized and later solar panels generate energy for the utilization of the high way and tunnel. The newest initiative is called “the material passport”. By capturing which materials are used during the project, a opportunity arises to start future reuse.”

About the pilot
In the interest of reducing the nitrogen emissions in the construction industry the government has decided to start a pilot within the industry (25 million euros). With this regulation the government hopes to obtain knowledge and experience with the introduction of zero-emission mobile materials within a broader spectrum of the construction activities, including the soil, road and water construction. Between Rijkswaterstaat and the Minister of infrastructure and water state an agreement has raised that in 2020 a pilot will start to promote a zero-emission mobile materials for the infrastructural project the A16 in Rotterdam.

About the collaboration

The sustainability proposals concerning the electrification emerge from a collaboration between consortium “de Groene Boog ( (BESIX, Dura Vermeer, Van Oord en de TBI-companies Croonwolter&dros en Mobilis) and partners ABX zaagmij, Anker Grondverzet, Ploegam, Voorbij Funderingstechniek, UMS and DENS. Sjoerd Gijezen states: “Great to see how during the sessions of this project the involved partners were very open about their ambitions and developments concerning electrification. Eventually, this resulted in cross pollination which is really important for the sector.” The proposals were tested by the independent agency CE Delft in collaboration with sustainability consultants from Rijkswaterstaat.

The A16 in Rotterdam a good accessibility of Rotterdam, Lansingerland and the surrounding region is important for strong economy and a well liveability. The A16 in Rotterdam contributes to that. The new, 11 kilometers long and energy neutra highway with a tunnel connects the A16 with the A13 in Rotterdam the (near  the “Terbregseplein”).

Watch the video: zero emission power for the construction market

DENS is making renewable energy available for the construction market. This is achieved by using the liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) Hydrozine as fuel for construction equipment. The Hydrozine generator of DENS, the X2, can generate power for construction sites and charge electrified machines off grid. This allows for construction activities without harmful emissions such as fossil CO2, SOx, NOx or particulate matter.

Collaboration between the companies DENS, Voorbij Funderingstechniek and UMS

DENS joins hands with Voorbij Funderingstechniek (a foundation engineering company) and Urban Mobility Systems (UMS), and works together on the sustainability process of foundation engineering, construction and the infrastructure industries by means of the electrification of machines and a generator that runs on Hydrozine.

We are truly proud that Voorbij Funderingstechniek takes, combined with DENS and UMS, on this big and important step towards the electrification and a more sustainable foundation engineering, construction and infrastructure industry.

Voorbij Funderingstechniek is one of the leaders within the foundation engineering industry regarding sustainability.  In June, they already announced the shift towards HVO B100 fuel. Now they go to the next step in collaboration with DENS and UMS. DENS is a fast growing company that wants to accelerate the energy transition with their Hydrozine generator. UMS is an expert of electrification solutions among others in the area of industrial vehicles. They develop the battery systems for DENS, which is an important part of the generator. The collaboration between DENs, UMS and Voorbij Funderingstechniek is a huge step in connecting the supply chain. UMS concerns itself with the development and the electrification of a midi excavator, a shovel and a pile driver. DENS provides the required energy to charge the electric foundation equipment with their Hydrozine generator. Coming closer toward 2030, there will be more developments. This is a huge step towards the end goal of a fully electric and emission free construction process.

How does the Hydrozine generator work ?

The Hydrozine generator is an unique and versatile technic which is capable of delivering emission free energy by using the liquid substance Hydrozine. The generator operates on the liquid hydrogen carrier Hydrozine, which does not need pressure tanks in its liquid form, in contrary to hydrogen itself. Hydrozine consists of 53 gram of hydrogen per liter, and can therefore store huge amounts of hydrogen in a save way. Within the generator, the hydrogen is immediately regenerated from the Hydrozine and converted in a fuel cell into clean electrical energy.  This keeps the generator as user-friendly as the “old” diesel generator. With this generator we can work with batteries that are charged by using Hydrozine. This makes us the first in the world to charge a midi excavator and a shovel within a 24-hour cycle.

Dot on the horizon

UMS will soon start with the first electrification of the midi excavator, shovel and pile driver. After that, Voorbij Funderingstechniek will also start using the Hydrozine aggregate. However, they are taking steps to implement this more widely within Voorbij Funderingstechniek. The technology and electrification can easily be scaled up, so that in the future we can also generate sustainable energy for more and larger electrified construction materials.

In contrast to the “old” diesel generator and the old pile driver, the Hydrozine aggregate and electrified foundation equipment is CO2 neutral, whisper quiet and there are no emissions of nitrogen, sulfur oxide and particulate matter. We are extremely proud that this collaboration is a major and important step towards the electrification and a more sustainable foundation technology, construction and infrastructure industry.

See “ELEKTRIFICATIE FUNDERINGSMATERIEEL EN HYDROZINE AGGREGAAT

Hydrogen-like fuel is a solution to environmental problems in the construction industry

10-08-2020 17:18 | BY: MARC SEIJLHOUWER

DENS is working together with Urban Mobility Systems (UMS), a company that makes electric vehicles. For the construction industry they  already made an electric excavator and a “Knikmops”. DENS is the company that emerged from the student team Team FAST, which developed a technology to use formic acid as a sustainable fuel.

Hydrozine is a good alternative to diesel, according to DENS CEO Max Aerts. Unlike hydrogen, you can put this fuel in a simple plastic storage tank. “You have to keep hydrogen under pressure. This requires a compressor and special, more expensive storage tanks. Hydrozine is an attractive alternative”.

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The easiest  application are generators which DENS thinks can be succesfull.. The generator consists of a battery that supplies power to all kind of electrical building materials. When the battery is empty, the Hydrozine system switches on: formic acid is converted into hydrogen, which enters a fuel cell and generates electricity.

Just as expensive as diesel

A Hydrozine generator costs about the same as a diesel generator. “A grid connection is the cheapest option. But you often don’t have that possibility on a construction site, then this is an attractive, environmentally friendly option”, thinks Aerts. Exactly how environmentally friendly the formic acid is depends on how you make it. DENS now uses green gas, made from biomass. “We also want to ensure that it is environmentally friendly biomass, for example from sewage sludge”.

Other companies are working on a Hydrozine electrolyzer plant.”For that technique, the company OCO is working on a pilot factory”. The production of Hydrozine is less efficient than the production of hydrogen. “But it is cheaper and better in every step after production, because you can easily transport and store it”.

The studentteam Team FAST made a formic acid system for a bus. At first, the fuel was intended for sustainable mobility. Aerts:”But that was more of a demonstration of the technology. In the automotive industry we see that electric cars are on the rise. Perhaps formic acid can help in the long term for heavy transport: “DENS may also want to develop such a hydrozine system for construction machines, so that they no longer have to charge at the generator but can simply refuel.

A climate neutral airport

DENS can make the most impact in the short term during construction, Aerts thinks. But his company is also looking at other applications. “Although they are now stationary, festivals can make good use of the Hydrozine generator and it can also be a good solution at airports to meet the climate objectives”. DENS will start field tests of the generating set before the end of this year. The company wants to start serial production from next year.

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DENS forms a partnership with UMS for the development of the Hydrozine aggregate.

Urban Mobility Systems (UMS), experts in the electrification solutions for industrial vehicles and inner-city passenger and freight transport, are going to collaborate with DENS, the developer of the Hydrozine generator. UMS is a development partner in the field of battery packs, electronics and cabling for the Hydrozine generator.

UMS, known for the electrification of the Doosan 30-ton excavator, the Knikmops and Manitou (telehandler), is the ideal partner for DENS for the development of the battery system that is part of the Hydrozine generator. UMS is leader when it comes to the latest technology but they are not  losing sight of the safety and quality. “The experience and knowledge of UMS in the field of electrification of industrial vehicles is a great asset to DENS”, states Tijn Swinkels, CTO of DENS. “At DENS we strive for a generator with a very high reliability, with UMS we can also implement this in the electronics. DENS has been looking for a suitable battery and electronics partner for a long time, because few companies can supply the certified technology that DENS is looking for. At UMS we think this is the case. “For example, UMS recently received the ISO 6469-3 certificate, showing that they meet the highest national and international standards for optimal safety.

“We see a lot of potential in the Hydrozine aggregate,” says Lars kool, CEO of Urban Mobility Systems. “It is a unique and versatile technique capable of delivering zero-emission energy using a liquid renewable fuel.” The aggregate uses the liquid hydrogen carrier Hydrozine, which as a liquid, unlike hydrogen, does not require pressure tanks. Hydrozine consists of 53 gram of hydrogen per liter, and can therefore store huge amounts of hydrogen in a save way. Within the generator, the hydrogen is immediately regenerated from the Hydrozine and converted in a fuel cell into clean electrical energy.  “Through this smart and safe way of hydrogen storage and transport, we remove the barriers that come with the usage of hydrogen under pressure and we offer a user-friendliness that is similar to that of a conventional generator” states Max Aerts, CEO of DENS. By integrating the battery system of UMS, the generator becomes an efficient hybrid system, which means that fuel is never used unnecessarily, as is often the case with diesel generators. The integration also allows the generator, with a nominal power of 25kW, to deliver peaks of 100kW for minutes. This means that the same work can be done with a smaller generator, where in the past a 100kW generator was needed.

“UMS’s mission is to contribute to the acceleration of the energy transition by providing high quality and economically feasible solutions, as well as being reliable and have to ability to grow”, Lars Kool states. “By investing in a partnership with DENS, we are one step closer to our goal.” The collaboration of DENS and UMS makes it possible for the Hydrozine generator to be made available to the construction industry more quickly, thus giving completion to an emission-free process. The ambition of Rijkswaterstaat and the regional water authorities to be climate neutral and circular by 2030 is also within reach.

More information:

UMS: Lars Kool + 31 85 130 0090             DENS: Max Aerts +31 6 20 27 66 08

DENS and Hamer are going to collaborate on putting the DENS Hydrozine generator on the market.

DENS, the developer of the Hydrozine generator, and Hamer, the market leader in fuel installations in the Benelux, will collaborate on the production, maintenance and service of the DENS Hydrozine generator.

Together they will accelerate the launch of the emission-free Hydrozine generators, in order to boost the energy transition. In the midst of the corona crisis, Hamer invested in DENS to get the first machines running. The innovative technical knowledge of DENS, in combination with Hamer’s many years of experience in technology, service and maintenance, ensures the perfect combination so that the Hydrozine generator from DENS can be used in a high-quality and maintenance-friendly way. With its extensive service equipment, Hamer can provide international service and maintenance to DENS generators. In addition to service, Hamer’s engineering department will also be involved in the design process, in order to make the design as maintenance-friendly as possible.

Hamer was already involved in a early stage

Family business Hamer became involved in the development of the technology in 2016 as a sponsor of the student team, team FAST, from which DENS descends. The founders of DENS, Max Aerts and Tijn Swinkels, brought the technology out of the lab in 2015 and are now developing it into a market-ready product. “The product is now almost ready to enter the market, and now we want to accelerate. Together with a partner like Hamer, with a lot of technical knowledge and a large network, we are able to ” says Max Aerts CEO of DENS.

From Diesel to the clean and safe Hydrozine

While diesel is currently the leading fuel for the 22.3 billion large generators market, a shift to cleaner solutions can be expected in the coming years. Due to the climate objectives, there is an increasing need for emission-free alternatives. DENS offers the perfect solution for this. The Hydrozine aggregate from DENS is able to supply energy without emissions by using the liquid hydrogen carrier Hydrozine, which consists mainly of formic acid. Hydrogen is “trapped” in hydrozine in a safe and non-flammable way. Within the generator, the hydrogen is immediately regenerated from the Hydrozine and converted in a fuel cell into clean electrical energy. .  “Through this smart and safe way of hydrogen storage and transport, we remove the barriers that come with the usage of hydrogen under pressure and we offer a user-friendliness that is similar to that of a conventional generator” stated Tijn Swinkels CTO  of DENS. The collaboration between DENS and Hamer will bring the availability of affordable, reliable and sustainable modern energy for everyone (one of the UN development goals) a significant step closer. Hamer sees this application as one of the solutions for achieving the environmental objectives necessary for a cleaner world.

COLUMN | Is formic acid the fuel of the future?

14-05-2020 Source: Bouwend Nederland

What could be better than solving social issues, such as the climate problem, with smart technology? Innovations that enable vital sectors to reduce their CO2 foorprint and help make their business operations more sustainable. My company, a start-up with a lot of potential, is fully engaged in enabling companies to help with the energy transition.

Before I tell you how I got the idea, I want to tell you something about formic acid. Namely that the clean and natural product is frequenty used, for example in the chemical and food sectors, by people, flora and fauna. And that it can be made with green electricity, even circular, because the CO2 emissions that are released during ‘conversion’can be used to produce new formic acid.

The first time I heard about the potential of formic acid as a clean energy carrier was for a school assignment. At the TU/e, well-performing students were given the opportunity to do an extra project in addition to their studies, during this project we discovered the potential of formic acid. Because we were thrilled with the potential, our mission to bring this to the market became determined to develop something beautiful with formic acid. Despite the skeptical attitude of fellow students and professors, inspired by nature we continued to explore how to store energy through artificial photosynthesis. At first from a smal office at TU/e and later in the then empty boiler house on the Automotive Campus, once the energy supply for the entire campus.

There we developed the first car on formic acid, the Pico. That experiment showed perfectly how you can generate enough energy through some clever chemistry to run a small vehicle without using fossil fuels. After developing a city bus on formic acid, the real work began, with an order from BAM in 2018 where the construction project on the N211 was supplied with power from a formic acid generator.

Supported by these projects, we made our dream come true and we started our company. That is now a fast-growing company with thirteen employees and a lot of potential. We want to accelerate the energy transition and focus mainly on construction and infrastructure, because this is the sector that will benefit the most from our generators. The technology is easy to scale up, so that builders can generate enough sustainable energy for large construction equipment. The generators can be modularly linked to each other, so that the power can be increased as required. It can be used to drive electrical construction tools or machines. There has been a lot of interest in our innovation from the construction industry. We hope we have developed  a great solution for the construction sector that is working hard to become cleaner, smarter and circular. And now we also hope that clients of construction and infrastructure projects will see the benefit of our sustainable product, with which builders can realize their ambition to become clean, CO2 neutral and circular.

Max Aerts, CEO of DENS

Clean energy with one push on a button

As young entrepreneurs, Max Aerts and Tijn Swinkels have a long time ahead of them to realize their life’s work: accelerating the transition to sustainable energy consumption with the use of hydrozine (“formic acid”). The point is: they don’t have that time. The innovators from Brabant are in a hurry because the world is urgently waiting for their clean generator.

At a little festival, quite a long row of generators is stomping through, running hundreds of liters of diesel through it. Diesel is one of the most polluting fuels that exist, but relatively cheap. At Max Aerts and Tijn Swinkels, that is a thorn in the eye, because society suffers for the uncomfortable consequences: health loss and environmental pollution with all its consequences.

They see a clean and easily applicable alternative: hydrozine, a safe fuel that can be produced sustainably from green electricity. That dream is represented in their shiny company brochure. A clean generator in a sleek anthracite-colored cabinet that does its job on a construction site in the middle of the city. Silent and without heavy fumes.

Hydrozine as an energy carrier
Their company DENS (Dutch Energy Solutions) will soon be presenting the first generator that generates electricity based on Hydrozine. It is the result of endless experimentation, daring to make mistakes, trying out new parts and continuing. The founders and their team members spend eighty hours a week on it. “But it doesn’t feel like work,” says Max. “This is the life from an adventurous boy’s book.”

It all started at the Eindhoven University of Technology, where as students they had a first model car driven in 2015 with Hydrozine as energy carrier. The technology was already there; but getting a car moving with this was completely new. “Really super cool to see our car driving”, Max remembers the feeling of triumph then. “It looks like you have invented a new fuel.”

Energy yield
The university gave them the opportunity to further develop the application of Hydrozine through an honors program and then in a student team. They won the sustainability prize in 2015 and received 5,000 euros to invest. With another 70 companies as sponsors, they were able to implement their idea on a larger scale with the student team FAST. With their second car, Team FAST managed to upscale the energy yield 42 times compared to their very first model car.

The media reported worldwide about the students trying to make a hole in the automotive universe. “We were the only ones in the world who had made it so big,” says Tijn.

Formic acid
Hydrozine is better known as formic acid, one of the oldest and simplest acids known to mankind. The acid is created by binding hydrogen to CO2. It is a liquid that can be refueled just like gasoline or diesel. In the car it is converted into CO2 and hydrogen.

It is the same substance that some ants use as a repellent, hence the name. But DENS does not do anything with ants, because their raw material can be produced from natural gas or biogas. Max and Tijn prefer to use the name Hydrozine as the name for their energy carrier, if it is (as is their intention) produced sustainably from green electricity.

Their machine converts Hydrozine to hydrogen. Hydrogen is clean, because it only leaves water vapor behind during combustion. But it is a highly flammable and explosive gas. To store this gas, you need expensive tanks that can withstand high pressure. By applying Hydrozine as an intermediary, the entrepreneurs want to overcome the disadvantages of hydrogen. Hydrozine is in fact liquid at room temperature, which means that it does not have to be transported in tanks under extremely high pressure. As an energy carrier, it is therefore safer, cheaper and easier to use than hydrogen.

Clean technology
The development of a car powered by Hydrozine proved too great a goal. They now see more music in a machine that stays in place: generators, excavators and other “heavy-duty applications.” “A car can drive to a gas station, but with a generator the fuel must be transported,” says Tijn. “And that makes a Hydrozine solution on construction sites or festivals much more logical.”

Construction company BAM Infra and other parties have since joined. “From a marketing point of view, the development of a Hydrozine generator is less sexy than a car,” says Max, who is responsible for the commercial part of the company. “But if generators are no longer fueled by diesel, it will be a major benefit for the environment. We have noticed that the world is waiting for this. “

Multidisciplinary
Now, through their start-up company, they are further developing their idea on the automotive campus, the site of the former DAF factory in Helmond. They use the former boiler house as a laboratory. Here are a few test set-ups, surrounded by tubes, installation keys and electrical wires. This is multidisciplinary work: chemistry, industrial design, electrical engineering, physics and mechanical engineering all in one.

The new Hydrozine generator scales up the energy yield even further compared to their previous version: 1000 times. Their biggest challenge is finding an economically viable model. “You can solve everything technically, as long as you continue to engineer,” says Tijn. “But our solution is currently even more expensive than diesel, especially now that we cannot yet produce on a large scale. In fact, we now have to create demand for our product. “

Their confidence in Hydrozine is no less. They feel that they hold a super-powerful key for the energy transition. As simple as possible for the user, namely with only one button. And with a liquid fuel, so that refueling is the same as with the known fossil fuels. That is important, they know. “Because getting a behavioral change done by the user is only difficult.”

Only in Brabant
They now have many contacts with suppliers and buyers. That helps enormously, says Max. “In East Brabant, we benefit from the presence of many other partners, from which we can get expertise, sponsorship, parts and other supplies. We can only do this in Brabant. “

They have also benefited enormously from the students of the Technical University who have voluntarily invested their time in this. Tijn: “We have been in the media a lot and receive full support from professors, TNO and other experts. We are world famous in these circles. “

Hydrogen economy
Without too much publicity, they have worked very hard in their laboratory in recent months on their generator, which converts Hydrozine into hydrogen. Now they feel the urge to show a large audience what is possible. “The hydrogen economy is not getting going,” say Max. “We can solve that problem, so the parking brake is released.”

Their kick? If the generator runs smoothly and the Hydrozine does its job, they will enjoy it to the fullest, together with the entire team. But they also want to provide visible proof to the world. “We are now really going to show what we have been calling for four years,” says the duo. “We don’t want to be the promise that we don’t deliver. When you innovate, you always have a process full of uncertainties. The development of something new always costs more time and money than you think in advance. Now we are going to prove that it is really possible. ”

They never thought they would ever get that far when they developed their first car at the university. “This is a life purpose, so we cannot be stopped,” says Max. “For us, every step is a milestone that gives new energy. We are creating something that is not yet available and that will benefit many people. “