HELBIO is a high-tech Company which initiated its activities in 2003, with expertise in the areas of catalysis, reaction engineering and process design. The company was founded as a spin-off of the University of Patras, targeting the exploitation and commercialization of innovative processes and reformation technologies which had been developed at the University of Patras.
The primary objectives of the company included the development of Hydrogen Generator demonstration unit and also the early development of Auxiliary Power Units (APU) and CHP systems. In September 2007, Morphic Group (Sweden) became the major shareholder, acquiring 55% of the total shares. Nowadays, the major shareholder of the company is Metacon AB (Sweden).
Helbio S.A. operates in the field of hydrogen and energy production sector. Specifically, HELBIO develops hydrogen production systems either for industrial use or integrated with fuel cells for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) production. The multi-fuel systems are designed and manufactured for operation with both liquid and gaseous fuels, such as Natural Gas, LPG, propane, biogas and bio-ethanol.
Until now, the Company has focused on the development and commercialization of:
- a) Hydrogen Production Systems in the range of (20-300 m3/h) for either industrial applications or for energy – related applications, and
- b) Energy Production Systems integrated with fuel cells, specifically APU and CHP systems up to 20 kW.
The main hydrogen carriers that are utilized include fossil fuels (natural gas, LPG, propane), as well as biofuels such as bio-ethanol and biogas.
Helbio’s technology is based on proprietary and patented reactor – catalyst configurations for reformation processes. The reactor configurations utilize the concept of the Heat-Integrated Wall-Reactor (European Patent 94600005.6/13.07.94. U.S.A. Patent No. 6, 605 376 (Aug. 12 .2003) which offers very rapid heat exchange characteristics.
HELBIO’s Products and Services can be divided in four major groups:
- Customized systems for hydrogen production
- Customized systems for power production with CHP capability
- Participation in R&D co-funded projects
- Other services