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The world's first self-sustaining fuel cell company

Horizon's founding story is one that fueled with curiosity, ambition, and willingness to move forward in one of the most difficult technology spaces, and one that achieves success against all odds.


Already working as a corporate team within Eastman Chemicals' international technology venturing arm and innovation team in the late 90s, George Gu - at the Shanghai office, and his partners at Eastman, joined forces with a mission to build the world's first profitable fuel cell company.


Technology-agnostic and commercially focused, their ambition was to achieve sustainable decarbonisation targets without relying on government subsidies, billions of dollars of private capital, and to first and foremost - create the world's first and only profitable fuel cell company, in an industry that had not seen a profit in 30 years, and was still quite far from breaking through.

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George Gu

Co-Founder & Chairman

The founding team chose Singapore as its global headquarters in 2003, and set forth a three phase commercialisation roadmap, dropping technology costs, and removing the age-old hydrogen supply barriers. One of the company's main success factors was to start commercialisation with small and simple products  that can function on tiny amounts of hydrogen to reduce logistics barriers, while preparing for larger and more complex products.


It didn't matter what the product or the market was at the start, as long as the outcome created an opportunity to start the operations engine and re-invest positive cash flow into increasingly complex products.

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During our 20 year journey, we have successfully scaled up our fuel cell stack capability alongside deep innovations in stack materials and hydrogen storage, all the way through to heavy vehicle integration expertise.

Think BIG, start small, and scale up over time

Think big and start small has been the guiding principle of Horizon's evolution over the years, as well as the entrepreneurial philosophy of the team in all of its various product initiatives. The premise is simple:"if we can't succeed with the simplest products, what makes us think we can succeed in more complex ones". The story of Horizon is one of constant evolution, innovation and re-invention across several applications and markets.

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Horizon's evolution is a unique story, as it evolved from one market to another - from retail-friendly consumer products to professional industrial systems of all shapes and sizes, while introducing numerous hydrogen storage and production technologies, ranging from electrolysis, to hydrolysis, to reforming.


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In 2008 Horizon introduced the world's only desktop electrolyzer dubbed HYDROFILL capable of charging small metal hydride cartridges automatically.


This compact hydrogen on demand solution is now used in schools and university labs around the world as an alternative to large and complex cylinder gas tank installations.


Horizon ultimately emerged as the world's largest volume producer of fuel cells regardless of size or power level, serving customers in over 65 countries with the widest selection of commercial products in the fuel cell industry, with industry leading technical performances. 

20 years of intense product R&D and 3 spin-offs

Horizon ultimately emerged as the world's largest volume producer of fuel cells regardless of size or power level, serving customers in over 65 countries with the widest selection of commercial products in the fuel cell industry, with industry leading technical performances. 

Over the course of its 20 year history, Horizon went on to spin-off 3 application focused companies, including Horizon Educational - the world's leading clean energy and hydrogen science education company, HES Energy Systems (acquired in 2015 by H3 Dynamics), and more recently HYZON Motors, a fast-growing global leader in hydrogen electric heavy vehicles.  ​

Horizon launches

HYZON Motors in the US

Horizon launches first PEM fuel cell stacks & begins cost reduction.





Horizon completes 450Wh/kg battery alternative, opens HES aerospace lab in Singapore

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Horizon spins-off

Horizon Educational


Launch of water-cooled 30KW vehicle PEMFCs





Start of chemical cartridge R&D




Horizon-produced HYMERA for BOC/Linde

begins sales in UK


Release of new T-Series stacks for Stationary 




Supplies 400kW module for Korean Rail Network





Horizon launches

fuel cell charger and desktop electrolyzer


Horizon's H-racer named TIME Magazine Best Invention


Horizon begins works on the world's lowest cost reversible metal hydride 

Horizon's begins shipments of its 1st science kit product

Launch of high capacity stationary power systems

Horizon spins-off

aerial mobility lab in Singapore


Horizon starts work on hydrogen reforming


Launch of 500 HP (370kW) single module FC


Horizon introduces containerised MW-scale fuel cell systems

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2018-2020:   the start of large-capacity fuel cell deployments at scale

In 2018 Horizon began the commercialization of its large scale liquid cooled PEMFC systems, and clinched the world's first large scale commercial contract for hydrogen trucks in China, the world's largest EV market.


Since then, the company started to partner with bus and coach makers, as well as commercial delivery vehicle manufacturers and formed HYZON MOTORS Inc, with its global headquarters and engineering center located at the former General Motors fuel cell facility in upstate New York. This new facility is destined to become the benchmark in high power fuel cell production in the USA.

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