Linde North America Inc. will be the sole supplier of hydrogen fuel and hydrogen technology expertise at this year’s Make the Future Detroit, featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas, a unique competition that challenges students to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient vehicles.


For the first time in the U.S., Linde will also showcase its innovative HYMERA hydrogen fuel cell generator, the world’s first high-efficiency, portable hydrogen fuel cell generator. The HYMERA™ is capable of charging as many as 40 mobile phones at a time and will enable Shell Eco-marathon participants and guests to stay connected during the competition.


With also offering annual competitions in Asia and Europe, the Americas event will take place as a featured element of a four-day festival of ideas and innovation—Make the Future Detroit—at the Cobo Center in Detroit from April 27 – 30.


This year marks the seventh consecutive year in which Linde supports student teams competing with hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles in Shell Eco-marathon events around the world. Linde will be providing ready-to-install hydrogen cylinders to the teams competing with hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles, and a dedicated Linde technical team will be on hand throughout the competition to provide hands-on technical support and know-how for students.


“For Linde, the Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition represents an excellent opportunity to connect with and inspire the next generation of American engineers and innovators,” said Sheila Eggert, Head of Talent Management for Linde Americas. “Through our ongoing participation in this unique event, we’re establishing close ties with students who will soon be positioned to take advantage of STEM career opportunities enabled by hydrogen. As the most economically viable clean energy fuel on display at the 2017 Shell Eco-marathon Americas, hydrogen continues to earn recognition for its potential to boost the U.S. economy.”


“Each of our partners bring significant benefits and opportunities to Make the Future Detroit featuring Shell Eco-marathon, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Linde as a long-standing partner of the competition. Linde helps provide our student teams with access to technical experts and support around the safe and efficient use of hydrogen and compressed natural gas (CNG),” said Pam Rosen, Shell Eco-marathon Americas General Manager.