We talked to Sonya Davidson on how H2energy Now is the energy storage solution, and this is what she had to say.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Sonya Davidson: We are doing okay. It has its challenges but also many opportunities. We decided to be as safe as possible during this time.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded H2energy Now?
Sonya Davidson: It started when, as a child, I spilled water. Instead of my mom getting mad at me, my mother took the time to explain some of the water principles to me. So in High School, University, whenever they mentioned water, I listened. Out technology uses water plus electromagnetic waves to create storable energy hydrogen. This product will enable us to use more renewable energy and change the world in the process.
How does H2energy Now innovate?
Sonya Davidson: We innovate because we are a hardware company. We have had many interns whose insights and guidance have enabled us to move forward. In 2020 we had our first virtual Mechanical Engineer, and after a little learning, it worked out great. I read and take the knowledge gained and use it to develop our product, for example, Einsteins thought experiments. Or James C Maxwell is looking at a different level for the solution.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Sonya Davidson: We are currently expanding our test systems to support the creation of 100 Kg of hydrogen a day. Our testing has shown that our system is 88% efficient compared to 60% for electrolysis. Covid will require us to think outside the box as we move forward with lab work followed by field testing.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Sonya Davidson: No. I look at the good in everything. I attended some fantastic events at the National Renewable Energy Industry Growth forum, which allowed you to meet one on one with investors in our space. It is usually held in Denver, Colorado. This year it was held virtually, so we could attend without leaving our home. We also participated in several competitions and met with people worldwide again virtually; this worked out great. It’s Easier than flying to Singapore in Decarbonizing Shipping or Vienna in Go Austria. We learned a lot during this year and made significant progress in our product development.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety? How do you project yourself and H2energy Now in the future?
Sonya Davidson: I walk when I can. I realize to look for the symptoms of stress or anxiety and take a break. I have done some excellent deed projects this year, which, for me, lowered my stress.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Sonya Davidson: Direct competitors: (hydrogen storage companies): ITM Power, but we are far more superior as our product is 29% more energy-efficient in the creation of hydrogen energy, and due to our process not utilizing precious metals, our capital costs are 25% of our competition.
Your final thoughts?
Sonya Davidson: I am working at making the world a better place every day. I am charged with realizing that we are moving forward to make that a reality after years of hard work. When you can increase renewable energy use by 66% through storage, you can change the world. Be willing to learn from everyone. I attended Startup Commons’ entire course online because they opened it up free during Covid. I took good notes and learned in the process. I attended some fantastic lectures all over the world and learned in the process. I stayed up late, 10:00 pm, to listen to Berkley National Laboratory’s lecture and ended up with an amazing slide from it. Opportunities are out there; you have to seize them.
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