Through greenfield projects, acquisitions and participations, Kouros is building low-carbon fuels infrastructures for intense mobility usage such as taxis, lorries, boats, ships and trains.
Designing a new LNG bunkering ship for marine clients
LNG is the low-carbon fuel for container ships and cruise ships. With its partners Marinnov and O5 Marine, Kouros provides ship design, shipbuilding and ship management services. LNGistics is able to deliver highly manoeuvrable bunker ships in the 3,000-9,000 cubic meters of LNG range, perfectly suitable for port operations, within 24 months.
Building integrated infrastructure for hydrogen taxis in Paris
Hydrogen is the perfect fuel for intensive mobility applications like taxis and ride-hailing cars. But without hydrogen filling stations there can be no hydrogen cars! Together with its partners, Kouros is building a hydrogen infrastructure (production and distribution) to supply the world’s largest hydrogen taxis fleet operating in Paris under the ‘Hype’ brand. There are 100 hydrogen taxis today and there will be 600 by the end of 2020.
Green hydrogen is the zero emission fuel for heavy mobility: no particles, no SOx, no NOx and no CO₂. Kouros is committed to streamlining the adoption of green hydrogen fuel by developing hydrogen fuel infrastructures: from green hydrogen production to a distribution network.
Facilitating green hydrogen production for mobility
Electrolysis is a popular way to produce green hydrogen from green electricity and water. Standard electrolysis technologies produce hydrogen at low pressure, requiring compressors to enable 350-700 bar hydrogen fuel distribution. With its unique electrolyzer able to directly produce hydrogen at high pressure (+100 bar), Ergosup makes it possible to distribute green hydrogen production at affordable costs without any compressors.
Converting biomass into green hydrogen fuel
Biomass fuels such as wood chips are mainly composed of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen atoms. Hydrogen can be extracted from biomass with an innovative thermolysis process. It is an alternative way to produce green hydrogen locally from an affordable and abundant renewable resource.
Building a Zero-emission platform for taxis and ride-hailing cars
7 million people die from air pollution every year, mainly in large cities. More and more cities are taking the decision to completely ban access to the city center for ICE vehicles. Zero-emission solutions will be developed to tackle this challenge. Together with its partners, Kouros is developing a zero-emission platform (vehicle + infrastructure) for taxis and ride-hailing cars.
Improving hydrogen vehicles performances
Fuel cells like batteries have slow dynamics; they are not suitable to deliver extra power in a short space of time. Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotub or VACNT-based supercapacitors have that capability and can improve fuel cell performances by operating in tandem. VACNT material can also be used directly in the fuel cell to reduce catalyser needs.
1.3 billion people live in Africa. Of them, 600 million have no access to electricity.
Kouros aims to make its contribution to tackling this challenge by designing platforms to cover essential human needs.
Installing and operating minigrids in Kenya
Given the falling cost of renewable energy generation and storage, it is now possible to achieve universal energy access through smart, clean, and distributed energy infrastructure. Access to clean electricity resources improves health through access to safe drinking water, refrigeration, communications, lighting, and a broader range of equipment. It also contributes to education and economic development without harming the environment.
Energy transition has multiple faces. Kouros is developing ever faster new approaches to push the limits of the energy transition.
Enabling electric vehicles without batteries
Next-generation of ultracapacitors based on vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNT) are able to charge and discharge electricity in seconds rather to tens of minutes for batteries. Ultracaps make it possible to have vehicles without batteries recharging instantly at traffic lights with carbon instead of lithium, cobalt and other mineral resources.
Providing affordable electric mobility in Africa now
Without a shift to low or zero emission vehicles, the growing vehicle fleet in Africa will lead to massive increases in air pollution, oil products expenditures and CO₂ emissions. By providing villages with access to electricity, minigrids can also help the development of electric motorcycles and tricycles and cut CO₂ emissions.