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Verne receives Alberta Innovates award to demonstrate Class 8 truck powered by cryo-compressed hydrogen

April 2024

Verne’s first-of-a-kind project will demonstrate the performance benefits of cryo-compressed hydrogen fuel for Class 8 trucking and other heavy-duty transportation sectors

Edmonton, Alberta, April 24, 2024 - Verne received a grant from Alberta Innovates to fund the development and demonstration of a Class 8 truck powered by cryo-compressed hydrogen (CcH2). Verne’s project will mark the first demonstration of a Class 8 truck powered by CcH2, and will illustrate the performance benefits and decarbonization potential of the technology to key stakeholders in Alberta and beyond.

Verne (San Francisco, CA) is a leading developer of high-density hydrogen storage systems. Verne’s cryo-compressed hydrogen technology stores hydrogen at a maximum hydrogen density of 73 g/L, a 33% improvement over liquid hydrogen and an 87% improvement over 700 bar compressed gas hydrogen, maximizing vehicle range and payload. Verne’s CcH2 system enables over 1,200 kilometers of range, achieving equivalent performance to diesel-trucks and superior performance to available hydrogen and battery electric trucks. The increased density also means that Verne’s storage systems reduce material usage and cost by 50% relative to compressed gas storage systems of equivalent volume.

Through this project, Verne will work with Alberta-based partners to retrofit an existing diesel internal combustion engine truck to run on a blend of diesel and hydrogen (known as a “dual-fuel” combustion engine). Verne will then demonstrate the truck and a proprietary mobile CcH2 refueler with Alberta fleets and other collaborators. This first-of-a-kind project will demonstrate the performance of CcH2 in the rigorous Alberta operating environment and provide key stakeholders – including fleets, truck manufacturers and station developers – with first-hand experience with CcH2 and its benefits over existing options.

Heavy-duty transportation is responsible for 12% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Class 8 trucks are some of the largest polluters, as they haul heavy-payloads and travel long distances each day. Verne is targeting Class 8 trucking as the first market to commercialize its technology, but Verne has also received significant commercial interest from leading partners in aviation, port equipment, mining and hydrogen distribution.

Bav Roy, Verne Co-founder & COO, was present at the Canadian Hydrogen Convention in Edmonton, Alberta for the announcement: “Verne was founded with the mission of decarbonizing heavy-duty transportation. This project is a critical step in demonstrating that Verne’s high-capacity hydrogen systems can play a major role in bringing diesel-like performance to clean transportation. Verne thanks Alberta Innovates and our partners in the region for their strong support.”

This grant was awarded as part of Alberta Innovates’ Hydrogen Centre of Excellence Competition II. Alberta Innovates is an Alberta crown corporation advancing innovation in the province, and the Hydrogen Centre of Excellence was founded to accelerate innovation across the hydrogen value chain in Alberta.

Verne was founded in 2020 to solve the challenge of decarbonizing heavy-duty transportation through high-density hydrogen storage. Last year, Verne announced a CcH2 storage record during stationary demonstration of a 29 kg storage tank at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Verne also completed the first testing of their CcH2 storage system on-board a vehicle as part of their participation in the Breakthrough Energy Fellows program. This demonstration marks the next milestone in Verne’s journey to commercialize their technology and decarbonize heavy-duty transportation.

To learn more about Verne’s efforts to decarbonize heavy-duty transportation, please visit

About Verne

Verne was founded in 2020 to develop high-density hydrogen storage solutions required to decarbonize heavy-duty transportation. Verne’s platform unlocks zero-emission operations in sectors including trucking, off-road, aviation, and hydrogen distribution. Verne is financially supported by leading commercial entities, including Trucks Venture Capital, Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, United Airlines Ventures Sustainable Flight Fund, Caterpillar VC, Collaborative Fund and Newlab. Verne is also supported by Breakthrough Energy Fellows, the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E, Alberta Innovates and other agencies. For more information, visit

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Verne Closes Strategic Fundraise

April 2024

Trucks Venture Capital, Collaborative Fund, Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, United Airlines Ventures Sustainable Flight Fund, Newlab and other strategic investors back Verne’s cryo-compressed hydrogen storage technology

San Francisco, CA, April 18, 2024 - Verne, a leading developer of high-density hydrogen storage systems, today announced a strategic fundraise led by Trucks Venture Capital, with participation from existing investors Collaborative Fund and Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, and new investors United Airlines Ventures Sustainable Flight Fund and Newlab. The new funding will enable Verne to accelerate development of their cryo-compressed hydrogen (CcH2) technology for on-board hydrogen storage for heavy-duty vehicles. The investment brings Verne’s total funding to $15.5M including grant funding.

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Time: The Challenge of Decarbonizing Long-Haul Trucking

February 2024

Verne was highlited in a recent Time article "The Challenge of Decarbonizing Long-Haul Trucking":

While there are a handful of hydrogen-powered cars, there currently aren’t any hydrogen-powered trucks. But San Francisco-based startup Verne, is one company trying to change that. It says its technology doubles the density of conventional hydrogen in each tank, thereby increasing the energy available and allowing trucks to travel farther. “Our goal is to make sure trucks can make sure they maintain diesel parity [with] a full range and a full payload and the same refueling time,” says Ted McKlveen, Verne’s co-founder, and chief executive.

Ultimately, it might not be an either-or situation. McKlveen thinks there’s room for electric-powered trucks and hydrogen-fueled ones to coexist. Electric might be the better choice for short trips, while hydrogen could power vehicles that travel cross country.

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Verne joins the Center for Transportation and the Environment to continue efforts accelerating adoption of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles

January 2024

Verne joined the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE). CTE is a nonprofit organization that develops, promotes, and implements advanced transportation technologies, vehicles, and fuels that reduce environmental pollution and fossil fuel dependency. Verne and CTE will continue working together to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission heavy-duty transportation!

Department of Energy

Verne receives DOE award for commercialization support

January 2024

Verne was named among the recipients of commercialization support from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Technology Transitions' voucher program. The voucher program provides support to accelerate market adoption of clean energy technologies.

Verne's award will support development of at-scale manufacturing for cryo-compressed hydrogen systems.

"It takes a breadth of tools and expertise to bring an innovative technology from research and development to deployment. The Voucher Program will pair 111 clean energy solutions with the support they need from expert voucher providers to help usher new technologies to market” said DOE Chief Commercialization Officer and Director of the DOE Office of Technology Transitions, Dr. Vanessa Chan.

Verne selected as a Top Innovator in Sustainable Aviation by the World Economic Forum

January 2024

Verne has been selected as a Top Innovator in Sustainable Aviation by the Uplink World Economic Forum! Verne’s cryo-compressed hydrogen technology helps hydrogen aircraft extend range and reduce fuel costs. We're thrilled to work alongside the 15 other Top Innovators and the challenge partners to bring innovative decarbonization solutions to the aviation industry.

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ZeroAvia and Verne Partner to Explore Cryo-Compressed Hydrogen for Airports and Aircraft

January 2024

Denser form of hydrogen storage promises faster refueling and lower costs for hydrogen aviation


Hollister, CA & San Francisco, CA, January 16, 2024 — ZeroAvia and Verne today announced that they have signed an MOU to jointly evaluate the opportunities for using cryo-compressed hydrogen (CcH2) on-board aircraft and for conducting CcH2 refueling from gaseous hydrogen (GH2) and liquid hydrogen (LH2) sources.

ZeroAvia is a leader in zero-emission aviation, focused on developing hydrogen-electric engines for all types of aircraft as the most environmentally and economically-friendly solution for the industry’s growing climate change impact. Aviation accounts for ten percent of all U.S. transportation greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and three percent of total U.S. GHG emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Verne is a hydrogen storage and refueling technology startup focused on solutions using cryo-compressed hydrogen for heavy-duty transportation. Cryo-compressed hydrogen stores gaseous hydrogen at cold temperatures, increasing the energy density of the fuel, which could enable a longer range compared to GH2 powered aircraft.

According to analysis by Verne, cryo-compressed hydrogen can achieve 40 percent greater usable hydrogen density than liquid hydrogen and 200 percent greater usable hydrogen density than 350 bar gaseous hydrogen. Additionally, the application of cryo-compressed hydrogen promises to significantly reduce the cost of densification and refueling time, increase dormancy time relative to LH2 systems, and potentially eliminate venting for pressure management.

ZeroAvia and Verne will assess the potential benefits of scaling CcH2 storage and refueling infrastructure at airports across the world, as hydrogen-electric propulsion scales to support larger and larger aircraft. The two companies will also work together to develop a model for initial airport locations in California.

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About Verne

Verne is commercializing high-density hydrogen platforms for the heavy-duty transportation industry. Verne’s cryo-compressed hydrogen platform can unlock zero-emission operations in sectors including aviation, trucking, port vehicles and hydrogen distribution. Verne has Letters of Intent for hundreds of Class 8 trucks and is working with multiple of the leading OEMs. Verne is financially supported by Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, Caterpillar Venture Capital, and Collaborative Fund. Verne is also supported by Breakthrough Energy Fellows and the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E. For more information, please visit and follow Verne on LinkedIn and X @VerneH2.

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David Jaramillo, CTO & Co-Founder;

About ZeroAvia

ZeroAvia is a leader in zero-emission aviation with the mission of delivering a hydrogen-electric engine in every aircraft as the most environmentally and economically friendly solution for addressing the industry’s climate impact. The company is starting with engines to support a 300-mile range in 9–19 seat aircraft by the end of 2025, and up to 700-mile range in 40–80 seat aircraft by 2027. Founded in California and now with thriving teams also in Everett, WA and the United Kingdom, ZeroAvia has secured experimental certificates to test its engines in three separate testbed aircraft with the FAA and CAA and passed significant flight test milestones. The company has signed a number of key engineering partnerships with major aircraft OEMs and has nearly 2,000 pre-orders for engines from a number of the major global airlines, with future revenue potential over $10bn. For more, please visit, follow @ZeroAvia on Facebook, Twitter/X, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.


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