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Supercritical offered collaboration with Shell

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October 29, 2021

For the first time ever, in addition to the winners, Supercritical were also selected by the jury and have been offered a collaboration with Shell.

“To walk away from the NEC with an offer of collaboration and the ‘Viewer’s Favourite’ award validates that Supercritical is pursuing the right solution! We’re really excited to bring our technology to market faster, with Shell.” says Luke Tan, Chief Product Officer.

This year’s Shell New Energy Challenge was fiercely competitive, with clean technologies in the start-up stream being hugely diverse representing innovations in: batteries, carbon capture, green hydrogen, iron fuel and sustainable aviation fuel. With over 180 applicants, the top 5 all had something valuable to offer. It was the 3-week programme where Supercritical and Shell had the opportunity to dive deeper into the technology that clinched the deal!

“It’s clear that the finalists came highly prepared – the pitches were of extremely high quality. The innovations are relevant for both the New Energy Challenge and for Shell and it’s actually a pity that we can’t have ten winners,” says Joep Huijsmans, General Manager Power of Shell Global Solutions International.

“This year we have again been deeply impressed by the talent and innovation that the finalists have demonstrated. Every one of them is working on promising solutions for the energy transition. So much so that we have decided to potentially develop a pilot with two scale-up companies” says Geert van de Wouw, Managing Director of Shell Ventures.

Although there was a live audience present at this year’s finals event, all the finalists participated digitally, as the virtual format of the event had proven to be a huge success in 2020. This year, the broadcast also introduced the ‘Viewer’s Favourite’ award, which was won by Supercritical.

Watch Luke Tan, CPO, give his thoughts on grey, blue and green hydrogen during the finals broadcast.


Supercritical is developing the world’s first high pressure, ultra-efficient electrolyser, for the production of hydrogen and oxygen from water, with zero emissions. By using heat and pressure Supercritical's proprietary design allows them to exploit the benefits of supercritical water and deliver gases at over 200 bar of pressure, without the expense or challenges of hydrogen compressors. With this, Supercritical will deliver the lowest cost of pressurised green hydrogen.

New Energy Challenge

The New Energy Challenge has been organised for six years in a row by Get in the Ring, Rockstart, Shell and Yes!Delft. The goal of the challenge is to bring together the best European and Israeli start-ups and scale-ups working on game-changing energy solutions to enable the acceleration of the energy transition. In line with the recent opening of the Energy Transition Campus in Amsterdam, the New Energy Challenge aims to promote knowledge-sharing and innovation.

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