Accelerator programme put wind in the sails

Friday 08 Jan 16


Debasish Chakraborty
Chief Consultant in Innovation
DTU Physics
+45 45 25 31 98
The start-up company Rencat has developed a CO2-neutral hydrogen generator and now receives help from the network Climate-KIC with marketing.

By Henrik Larsen and Lisa Svane Baltzer Parsberg

Present your idea in 10 minutes and wait a week. You will then find out whether you have been granted support to bring your innovative project to market. That is the offer from the EU-funded Climate-KIC network, whose Accelerator Programme provides backing for innovative Scandinavian projects

The Danish company Rencat is one of tho start-ups to have benefited from support from the programme. Rencat has created a carbon neutral hydrogen generator with the potential to replace highly polluting diesel generators. Initially, Rencat is seeking to penetrate the mobile network market in areas distinguished by poor power supply in Africa, Asia, or India.

"In the early phase of Climate-KIC's Accelerator Programme, we were awarded EUR 20,000. This enabled us, for example, to employ a person to build a prototype of the generator, and we received assistance in finding our first partners", relates Debasish Chakraborty, PhD and Scientific Business Developer at DTU Physics, who is one of the company's founders.

Rencat has developed the technology behind the hydrogen generator at the Department of Physics at DTU and the company has just received its first major customer abroad, Grameen Phone, the largest telecom company in Bangladesh. The plan is now to test Rencats generators in the field in collaboration with Grameen Phone.

Rencat is underway to find more investors and new partners and receives advice and support on this matter from the Climate-KIC, which among other things runs boot camps and master classes with different themes supporting the startup companies. Climate-KIC also offers courses in economics management, the chance to try out ideas and not least the advice of professionals.

Read more about Rencat (website)

Read more about Rencat and Climate-KIC (Climate-KIC website)

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