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JOIN OUR EFFORTS TO

close the carbon cycle

BY LAUNCHING NEW SCIENCE-DRIVEN COMPANIES FOCUSED ON DEVELOPING ALTERNATIVE FUELS AND CHEMICALS

JOIN OUR EFFORTS TO

close the carbon cycle

BY LAUNCHING NEW SCIENCE-DRIVEN COMPANIES FOCUSED ON DEVELOPING ALTERNATIVE FUELS AND CHEMICALS
Gael Gobaille-Shaw joined DSV in October 2019 (with no prior idea or IP), developed concepts for two ventures that both got funded by DSV and accepted into TechX accelerator August 2020.
The Challenge

The non-heat energy requirements for chemicals are 4x the demand for energy for steel (the next largest source of industrial energy demand) and ¾ of this is deemed “non electrifiable” by even the most ambitious papers.

At DSV we are already building companies tackling fundamental problems in hydrogen and carbon capture, but there’s so much more to be done! We’re looking for someone to join us and explore areas [for new venture development] such as hyper efficient, 100% clean methods of replacing hydrocarbon chemical feedstocks and fuels, including cold plasma methane cracking, hydrogen storage and green ammonia production, biochemical and electrochemical conversion of CO2 and waste, accelerated catalysis and many more.

 

The Opportunity for you

Joining DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for and launch your own startup. Working with us and our current founders, you’ll have access to a completely new kind of environment for creating science companies, one that does not start with university IP, but with a systematic rework of an opportunity area from first principles.

Within less than 9 months you will have developed a few promising concepts, built a team of multidisciplinary co-founders and experienced advisors, incorporated a new company and spun-out of DSV to start the early tech development / proof-of-concept work with investment secured from DSV and our industry partners.

 

Our offer

We’ll provide a competitive monthly consultancy fee whilst you’re developing the concept(s) for your new venture, support you with building a founding team, finding early data to land your first customers and securing investors. DSV guarantees pre-seed investment, taking only 20% of equity (compared to >51% TTO standards), leaving the rest to be split between you and your co-founders.

 

Our impact

We’ve so far built and invested in 5 brand new companies in the energy sector across high performance materials, energy storage, hydrogen and carbon capture. 

 

Case example

Gael joined DSV with no specific ideas, IP or team members. He left having built both a direct air capture company Mission Zero and a green hydrogen company Supercritical Solutions, which together had secured £700k in funding and 5 additional team members, and received multiple offers of investment, before he’d left DSV

He had the option to join either team as a co-founder, and chose to work full time with Mission Zero as it better suited his skillset. Mission Zero is developing a radical new form of bio-inspired direct air capture. 

They are partnered with Equinor, one of the largest energy companies in the world, achieved proof of concept (TRL 4) within 4 months of incorporation and have a commercial agreement with the UK’s largest offtaker of CO2. Total commercial agreements, once converted, are worth £3.8m in potential annual recurring revenue.

 

Who should apply

You bring broad technical knowledge in chemical engineering or process engineering (electrochemistry is a plus!) and have acquired deep hands-on new technology or process development experience during your PhD / post-doc or equivalent experience in industry or consultancy.

Interest in science commercialisation is a must, coupled with a strong desire to build a company to make a huge positive impact within the energy sector.

You’ve thought about key opportunities and challenges within the alternative, carbon neutral or carbon negative fuels space before and have a broad understanding of the current status quo and state of the art in one of the venture development areas listed below.

You cannot wait to get started!

 

Venture development areas at DSV

Accelerated catalysis – The rate at which new catalysts and catalytic systems are developed is bottlenecked by the sheer scale of the combinatorial space, high quality data shortages and the requirement any simulation to apply physical modelling across multiple scales. This means that trimetallic catalysts and beyond are relatively under-explored. Designing systems capable of optimising across a multi-parametric space up to the systems levels will unlock non-trivial efficiency and longevity improvements that will have ramifications in a very large number of fields. 

Clean methane cracking and reforming – Natural gas cracking via steam methane reforming is the main source for hydrogen production, but this process comes with several technical and environmental challenges. For example, or every produced ton of hydrogen, around 9tons of CO2 are also produced which makes hydrogen more of a byproduct to this process rather than the main product. The process is also energy intensive and proceeds at high temperatures and pressures. We would like to explore greener and simpler methods for converting methane into valuable chemicals without CO2 emissions.

Bioproduction – Biochemical conversion of waste and CO2 to valuable products has been explored for some time but never realised in a larger scale environment. We’re exploring in further detail the range of possibilities in bioproduction of zero carbon fuels such as ammonia, hydrogen and more complex, higher value chemicals. We see some synergy with emerging work at DSV in closed environment agriculture and regenerative aquaculture, offering the possibility, for example, to produce seaweed in 3 dimensional, environmentally controlled arrays near offshore wind farms. 

Electrification of Industry – Many of the processes involved in valuable chemicals production depend on high temperature cracking of feedstock inside coal or natural-gas powered furnaces, which results in high carbon footprint. At DSV we explore options for industrial electrification that could unlock the decarbonisation of some of the difficult-to-decarbonise processes.

Gael Gobaille-Shaw joined DSV in October 2019 as a Founding Analyst (with no prior idea or IP), developed concepts for two ventures that both got funded by DSV and accepted into TechX accelerator August 2020.

The Challenge

The non-heat energy requirements for chemicals are 4x the demand for energy for steel (the next largest source of industrial energy demand) and ¾ of this is deemed “non electrifiable” by even the most ambitious papers.

At DSV we are already building companies tackling fundamental problems in hydrogen and carbon capture, but there’s so much more to be done! We’re looking for someone to join us and explore areas [for new venture development] such as hyper efficient, 100% clean methods of replacing hydrocarbon chemical feedstocks and fuels, including cold plasma methane cracking, hydrogen storage and green ammonia production, biochemical and electrochemical conversion of CO2 and waste, accelerated catalysis and many more.

 

The Opportunity for you

Joining DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for and launch your own startup. Working with us and our current founders, you’ll have access to a completely new kind of environment for creating science companies, one that does not start with university IP, but with a systematic rework of an opportunity area from first principles.

Within less than 9 months you will have developed a few promising concepts, built a team of multidisciplinary co-founders and experienced advisors, incorporated a new company and spun-out of DSV to start the early tech development / proof-of-concept work with investment secured from DSV and our industry partners.

 

Our offer

We’ll provide a competitive monthly consultancy fee whilst you’re developing the concept(s) for your new venture, support you with building a founding team, finding early data to land your first customers and securing investors. DSV guarantees pre-seed investment, taking only 20% of equity (compared to >51% TTO standards), leaving the rest to be split between you and your co-founders.

 

Our impact

We’ve so far built and invested in 5 brand new companies in the energy sector across high performance materials, energy storage, hydrogen and carbon capture. 

 

Case example

Gael joined DSV with no specific ideas, IP or team members. He left having built both a direct air capture company Mission Zero and a green hydrogen company Supercritical Solutions, which together had secured £700k in funding and 5 additional team members, and received multiple offers of investment, before he’d left DSV

He had the option to join either team as a co-founder, and chose to work full time with Mission Zero as it better suited his skillset. Mission Zero is developing a radical new form of bio-inspired direct air capture. 

They are partnered with Equinor, one of the largest energy companies in the world, achieved proof of concept (TRL 4) within 4 months of incorporation and have a commercial agreement with the UK’s largest offtaker of CO2. Total commercial agreements, once converted, are worth £3.8m in potential annual recurring revenue.

 

Who should apply

You bring broad technical knowledge in chemical engineering or process engineering (electrochemistry is a plus!) and have acquired deep hands-on new technology or process development experience during your PhD / post-doc or equivalent experience in industry or consultancy.

Interest in science commercialisation is a must, coupled with a strong desire to build a company to make a huge positive impact within the energy sector.

You’ve thought about key opportunities and challenges within the alternative, carbon neutral or carbon negative fuels space before and have a broad understanding of the current status quo and state of the art in one of the venture development areas listed below.

You cannot wait to get started!

 

Venture development areas at DSV

Accelerated catalysis – The rate at which new catalysts and catalytic systems are developed is bottlenecked by the sheer scale of the combinatorial space, high quality data shortages and the requirement any simulation to apply physical modelling across multiple scales. This means that trimetallic catalysts and beyond are relatively under-explored. Designing systems capable of optimising across a multi-parametric space up to the systems levels will unlock non-trivial efficiency and longevity improvements that will have ramifications in a very large number of fields. 

Clean methane cracking and reforming – Natural gas cracking via steam methane reforming is the main source for hydrogen production, but this process comes with several technical and environmental challenges. For example, or every produced ton of hydrogen, around 9tons of CO2 are also produced which makes hydrogen more of a byproduct to this process rather than the main product. The process is also energy intensive and proceeds at high temperatures and pressures. We would like to explore greener and simpler methods for converting methane into valuable chemicals without CO2 emissions.

Bioproduction – Biochemical conversion of waste and CO2 to valuable products has been explored for some time but never realised in a larger scale environment. We’re exploring in further detail the range of possibilities in bioproduction of zero carbon fuels such as ammonia, hydrogen and more complex, higher value chemicals. We see some synergy with emerging work at DSV in closed environment agriculture and regenerative aquaculture, offering the possibility, for example, to produce seaweed in 3 dimensional, environmentally controlled arrays near offshore wind farms. 

Electrification of Industry – Many of the processes involved in valuable chemicals production depend on high temperature cracking of feedstock inside coal or natural-gas powered furnaces, which results in high carbon footprint. At DSV we explore options for industrial electrification that could unlock the decarbonisation of some of the difficult-to-decarbonise processes.

Interviews ongoing for a full-time start in latest Sept/Oct

Interviews ongoing for a full-time start in latest Sept/Oct

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Current founders

Ahmed Ismail (PhD Chemistry) leads opportunity analysis in alternative fuels and chemicals at DSV and has spent the past few months mapping out key constraints holding back innovation (across tech, market and funding realms). Together with Ahmed, we’ve identified key areas of expertise that need to be brought together before spinning out ventures in this space. Join us!

join the team

current founders

Ahmed Ismail (PhD Chemistry) leads opportunity analysis in alternative fuels and chemicals at DSV and has spent the past few months mapping out key constraints holding back innovation (across tech, market and funding realms). Together with Ahmed, we’ve identified key areas of expertise that need to be brought together before spinning out ventures in this space. Join us!