The storm that the French hydrogen start-up, Hopium, is going through has reached a new chapter. The president left his post six months after his arrival, and a new one replaced him.
Less than two months after its placement in receivership, the start-up Hopium is accumulating problems. This time, it is a change within its organizational chart that the hydrogen specialist is undergoing.
Initially, it was the former Minister for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, who was its president. In March, Alain Guillou replaced him after less than a year at the head of the company. But Guillou’s term as president was even shorter.
Hopium has now appointed Sylvain Laurent as president. Alain Guillou was supposed to hold this mandate until the general meeting of December 31, 2024. Also, Sylvain Laurent will hold the role for this duration, if the company manages to get out of the rut.
In fact, Hopium’s difficulties had almost definitively doomed the Machina, its hydrogen car. The firm has since focused on the development of its fuel cell, which Sylvain Laurent has further praised.
« The specificities of the Hopium fuel cell arouse real interest from mobility players” , did he declare. “It is one of those technologies capable of democratizing accessibility to hydrogen-powered electric means of transport. »
“This is why our teams remain fully mobilized to finalize its development up to the TRL 6 prototype level which will allow, before its commercialization, to demonstrate its full technological maturity. »
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