Advances in the production and consumption of hydrogen are ushering in a clean hydrogen economy, decreasing emissions in difficult-to-address industries. Recent pilots of hydrogen fuel cell technology within heavy-duty transport segments such as trucking, shipping, and aviation have shown immense promise. However, current storage options limit the adoption of hydrogen in heavy-duty transportation. Verne seeks to address this challenge. The Verne team has designed a high-density, low-weight, and low-cost hydrogen storage system specifically for trucks and ships. The system builds upon decades of research in hydrogen storage for light-duty vehicles. The team developed an innovative method for connecting multiple tanks, meeting the energy demand of heavy-duty applications and maximizing system density. The team's proprietary combination of new hardware and control system software maximizes the system density for multi-tank systems, eliminating the need for certain components that are necessary for a single tank, and thereby reducing overall system cost and weight.
Bav Roy (MBA, GSB), Ted McKlveen (MBA, GSB), David Jaramillo (PhD candidate, UC Berkeley) and Prof. Arun Majumdar (PI, ME)
2021 Most Disruptive MBA Startups: Verne, Stanford GSB December 2021