Project Partners

The project is executed by HyGear, HTceramix, VTT, CEA, INEA, IJS and the University of Salerno.


About HyGear


HyGear designs, builds and tests small-scale gas conversion systems that increase the overall energy efficiency. HyGear has expertise in a broad range of gas processing technologies such as (V)PSA, reforming, gas separation and purification, desulfurization and methanation. With these technologies, we are able to offer multiple products that contribute to energy efficiency, process intensification, supply chain efficiency, emission reduction and the utilization of renewable energy sources.

Lead product is HyGear’s Hydrogen Generation System (HGS) that generates hydrogen on-site by steam reforming of natural gas. The Hydrogen Generation System finds its purpose in the (flat) glass industry, metal industry, chemical industry, food hydrogenation industry and can be installed at hydrogen filling stations to generate hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles. The system can reduce logistics, costs and emissions significantly.

HyGear’s second product line is a range of Gas Purification Systems (GPS), to upgrade the purity of hydrogen, methane, nitrogen and oxygen into purities up to 9.0. The GPS can be installed on-site, for instance at biogas production facilities and facilities with waste streams of nitrogen. Other focus areas are Fuel Cell systems, Gas to Liquid systems and combined Heat & Power systems to generate electricity and heat at remote locations.


About INEA


INEA was set up in 1987 with the intention to operate as a permanent partner of the Jozef Stefan Institute (IJS) in the field of industrial process control and industrial energetics. The present program of company’s operations substantially exceeds the primary specifications. The scale of operations is increasing rapidly and today INEA is the leading company in Slovenia in the field of industrial automation, process computer control and manufacturing informatics. It also has the leading position in the field of industrial energy sector.


About HTceramix


Created in 2000, HTceramix SA is a dynamic and rapidly progressing developer of high temperature electroceramic applications in the field of energy and gas conversion devices. At the heart of its development is the SOFConnex™ based Solid Oxide Fuel Cell stack, which uses a unique approach for stacking ceramic fuel cells. This key component combines perfectly with HTc’ own and other manufacturers’ cells. HTc has continuously demonstrated increased specific and absolute power over the past few years, sufficient to start commercializing its products now.


About VTT


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a globally networked multitechnological applied research organization. VTT provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services. We enhance our customers’ competitiveness, thereby creating prerequisites for society’s sustainable development, employment, and wellbeing.


About CEA


CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation. It is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.


About Unisa


The Salerno School of Medicine was founded in the 8th century and was the principal institution in Europe for the study of medecine, reaching its utmost splendour during the Middle Ages. The School marked an enormous step forward in the evolution of medical science and easily fitted into the city of Salerno. The University currently has over 43,000 students and has moved to the village of Fisciano in the Irno valley, a few miles from Salerno. Its structure is that of a university campus and its modern buildings offer many efficient services for teaching, research and student life in general.

UNISA participates to DIAMOND with the Energy and Propulsion Laboratory (eProLab –, which brings to the project competences on thermo/electro-chemistry and fluid dynamics of fuel cells grew during more than a decade of research on fuel cells for transportation and stationary systems. Methodological skills on modelling, control, diagnosis, statistics, experiment design and analysis are exploited for the purpose of DIAMOND project.


About IJS


The Jožef Stefan Institute is the leading Slovenian scientific research institute, covering a broad spectrum of basic and applied research. The staff of more than 930 specializes in natural sciences, life sciences and engineering.