The HyAccelerator Challenge

The challenge is currently closed


The first HyAccelerator call, The HyAccelerator Challenge, is meant to identify and develop cutting-edge technologies along the entire hydrogen value chain, from production to end-users. We are looking for startups to develop a solution in any of the five focus areas with the challenge of designing a First Industrial Deployment together with Snam

To apply to The HyAccelerator Challenge, startups will be asked to register on SnamInnova - Snam’s Open Innovation program - and submit their personal data, information about the proposed solution and a pitch presentation

Each proposed solution will be evaluated by Snam’s team of hydrogen experts and, at the end of the selection process, the most promising startups will be chosen to be accelerated

Focus Areas

Hydrogen Production focus area


Producing hydrogen on a large scale is crucial for the success of the Energy Transition. Technology development for low carbon hydrogen is essential, as well as progress in terms of costs and technology performance

Hydrogen transportation focus area


Asset readiness for the transportation of hydrogen is the key to establish a full hydrogen economy. Optimization and innovation of traditional transportation requires novel materials for hydrogen-ready systems, cost-effective solutions for the separation of hydrogen from natural gas blends and many other disruptive solutions

hydrogen storage focus area


Storage technology enhancement is fundamental to allow the deployment of hydrogen in the power and transportation sectors. Improving efficiency and identifying low-cost storage solutions could result in a substantial boost to the hydrogen economy

Hydrogen industry end-use focus area

Industry end-use

Enhanced and innovative technological low-carbon solutions are necessary to bring hydrogen to industrial users. To open the path for deep decarbonization, the role of stationary fuel cells or other alternative technologies for end-use of hydrogen is crucial in hard-to-abate sectors

Hydrogen mobility end-use focus area

Mobility end-use

Development and deployment of hydrogen fuel cells will be a key enabler of zero emission mobility. A dedicated refuelling infrastructure and local storage is also needed to ensure safe and cost-effective transition to hydrogen-based mobility

Why Take Part

The winners of The HyAccelerator Challenge will be provided with the necessary tools and perks to develop a First Industrial Deployment design in collaboration with Snam, without investment in equity. These include funds, mentoring from Snam hydrogen professionals and support from academic experts. Furthermore, by entering Snam’s network, startups will have the opportunity to get in touch with industry pioneers in the field of the Energy Transition


For more details about The HyAccelerator Challenge, please refer to the attached regulation and privacy policy

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October - November 2021

Collection of applications

After the call opening, participants must submit their candidacy no later than November 7th, 2021


November - December 2021

Evaluation of applications

Following the application phase, selected candidates will be contacted by Snam for a brief video interview. Afterwards, Snam will communicate which startups will take part to the final Pitch Event


February 2022

Final Pitch Event

Selected startups will exhibit their solution to the Snam Innovation Committee


From March 2022


Startups awarded as winners will enter the acceleration program for a period of up to 6 months to develop a First Industrial Deployment design