As an alternative energy source to harmful and polluting oil, hydrogen begins to take shape as a reality under initiatives such as Hydrosolver, the energy company founded by Raul Adrian Gonzalez Acosta, a 22-year-old entrepreneur from Mexico who is currently leading a revolution in the energy sector in the Americas.
The Austin, Texas-based energy start-up focuses on developing hydrogen-based technology in order to create new commercial energy sectors.
“We started three years ago in Monterrey, México, through the development of prototypes as cars, drones, and power generators based on this fuel [Hydrogen], and then, gradually we continued to expand, eventually moving to our Austin headquarters. Now, we cover US markets, where we provide the food industry and the airline industry with simpler ways of producing hydrogen for the development of fats and fuels. But soon we hope to start applying our technology in the Asian home sector,” Raul González said.
Currently under development, and among the great achievements of Hydrosolver, is a high-powered sports car powered entirely by hydrogen. The Hydorsolver dream is that soon cars, drones, and everything that needs energy to work, can use hydrogen; an inexhaustible fuel that is in abundance on Earth. What is more, Hydrogen is environmentally friendly and could be made an affordable and reliable source of fuel through investment and technological research, something that Adran feels strongly about: “Hydrosolver was born to create technology that people use to be energy independent. Improve their own economy. Improve their quality of life.”
“Hydrosolver was born to create technology that people use to be energy independent. Improve their own economy. Improve their quality of life.”
The hydrogen technology within the car has already reached a top speed exceeding 25mph, up to four times faster than the top speeds produced by many other leading research centres. González and his team are rightly proud of the technology which that have developed. However, they are more than aware that their technology has some way to go before they can take on the “big leagues” in Europe, where there are already teams able to produce hydrogen powered cars with speeds reaching 160 miles per hour.
“We do not seek to make the fastest cars ever, we plan to create affordable technology, so the people can buy it, because now every car being created based on this technology, will be beyond the budget of the people,” he said.
After less than a year operating in Texas, Hydrosolver has already won multiple awards and has become recognised as one of the greenest companies in Texas and Raul has been recognised by MIT as one of the greatest young prospects in the sector in Latin America.
Away from the test track, Hydrosolver is currently working on a hydrogen-powered drone. Gonzalez explained that NASA is currently providing advice to the Hydrosolver team on improving aviation security systems.
The aim is that these hydrogen drones will have a much larger working range and flight life than the current commercial drones on offer. The hope is that, if successful, these drones will be able to monitor the sky from the ground, and create more applications for them, but in a cleaner way.
“The main target for us is to develop technology so that people can become energy producers and have energy independence,” the Hydrosolver founder said. Gonzalez believes that in order to be successful and produce a clean energy future we need to see lasting partnerships between government, academia, and the private sector.
It is his belief in such partnerships that has led Gonzalez’ to set up a series of initiatives such as the “Association for Energy Transition” in México, the “Latin American Hydrogen Association” based ni Colombia , the “Mexican Energy Agency”, and soon, an “American Energy Agency”, where the USA can be part of this revolutionary movement.
Through these inititives, Gonzalez aims to create a forum for continental work where technology, the creation of green energy start-ups, and the next generation of public policies are empowered.
So far, some of the governments that have agreed to work in this partnership include Colombia, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica, and of course, Mexico.
“It is essential to create hydrogen-based nations, where people are no longer just consumers of this energy alternative, but also they become part of a fully decentralised sales network,” said Gonzalez.
Central to this collaboration between countries is the involvement of the civil sector of society, as they are at the end of the energy supply chain and will be the customers at the heart this network of decentralised energy trade.
Therefore, in May, Raúl and some members of the initiative, started a tour in Latin America giving lectures for students and attending meetings with technology bosses and political leaders.
The use of hydrogen as a new energy source is the basis for changing paradigms in the sector, heavily dependent on government companies, where decisions are taken in the domes of business and political power. In short, Raul seeks an “energy democratisation.”
USING HYDROGEN IN MOTORSPORTS
“The company was born from my passion, which is motorsport. I think I have a clear idea of what it is that makes a more efficient car, with a different kind of fuel” said the businessman, when he said he has plans to create, in collaboration with the International Automobile Federation, a serial motoring competition between hydrogen fuelled cars; He named this event as “Formula H”.
Through Formula H, Gonzalez seeks to use the popular, economic and technological boom from the sport on the cars of the future in order to accelerate energy transition in this transport. He admitted that one of its wildest dreams is to make competition in the market Tesla car with alternative energy.
Hydrogen – The point where alternative energies meet
Gonzalez said that working with hydrogen has several advantages over other forms of energy.
“I work with hydrogen because it is a point where the rest of alternative energies, such as wind or solar, complement each other. What happens in Europe? There are solar parks or wind parks, and overnight the solar sector does not work, or if there is no air, wind power is not strong, so that there is a steady flow of production. The hydrogen sector complements these shortcomings, when we use the high bids energy production during certain times to generate hydrogen , and reconvert it when there is not much offer by nature.”
To complete the energy democratisation, the founder of Hydrosolver called upon young entrepreneurs from across the globe to encourage small and medium enterprises.
“if we can energise the the civil, or even the private sector, then we will be able to spearhead the creation of startups that develop these energy solutions and technologies that we desperately need. We want the energy sector can be more dependent on theses new entrepreneurs and not on government companies,” he said.
Hydrosolver is definitely a company that offers much to talk about and under the direction of a young man with very clear intention to challenge the new energy sector and to make a political, economic, technological, and social trend, within a sector that refuses to move on. It is a company filled with belief that through innovation, start-ups and the next generation of entrepreneurs, we can turn around the current energy situation on this planet and change the way we live.
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