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Zero-emissions innovator W7Energy is now Versogen

The former University of Delaware startup has raised over $5 million in funding for its green hydrogen-emitting electrolyzer systems.

Versogen founder Yushan Yan (center left) accepting the 2018 FastPass Award. (Courtesy photo)

You may not have heard of Versogen, the growing green energy company based at the Delaware Innovation Space. But you have probably heard of it by its former name: W7Energy, the startup out of the University of Delaware founded by Yushan Yan (and 2020’s #1 RealLIST Startup for Delaware).

The company has announced a full rebrand, including the new name — a play on the words “versatility” and “hydrogen” — and an expanded mission to lower carbon emissions globally with its state-of-the-art electrolyzers designed to create zero-emission green hydrogen. Hydrogen, an efficient energy carrier used in many refining, processing and production industries, is currently created primarily with carbon-emitting technologies such as coal and steam.

Versogen logo

Versogen’s new logo. (Courtesy image)

“Our new name points to one of our core values: versatility,” Yan said in a statement. “Hydrogen is a versatile energy source with many applications, our young and dynamic team is versatile in developing pragmatic solutions to market needs, and our innovative energy technologies are versatile for use in a range of industries.”

Versogen has grown rapidly over the past two years, receiving more than $5 million in grants from multiple organizations, including:

  • ARPA-E 
  • Blue Hen Proof of Concept Fund
  • Delaware Innovation Space FastPass Award 
  • Unidel Foundation
  • EDGE Grant — Delaware Division of Small Business
  • Green Energy Fund — Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control 
  • BIRD Foundation
Companies: University of Delaware

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