Celadyne Technologies Receives Inaugural Nicor Gas Multicultural Innovator Award for Hydrogen Membrane Tech

By July 28, 2021 2   min read  (412 words)

July 28, 2021 |

Fuel Cells Works, Celadyne Technologies Receives Inaugural Nicor Gas Multicultural Innovator Award for Hydrogen Membrane Tech
  • Clean Energy Trust, Nicor Gas partner to support entrepreneurs who are making a positive environmental impact in Illinois

NAPERVILLE, Ill.– Together with Clean Energy Trust, Nicor Gas is proud to announce Celadyne Technologies as the inaugural recipient of the Nicor Gas Multicultural Innovator Award – a $25,000 equity and inclusion grant that supports the development of a clean energy technology startup with a minority founder or CEO.

“Diversity of thought and leadership combined with innovation and ingenuity can help accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy,” said John O. Hudson III, president and CEO of Nicor Gas. “Celadyne’s hydrogen technology has the potential to advance decarbonization among heavy-duty transportation and industrial energy uses. We’re proud to support this Illinois business and its economic impact on a clean energy future.”

Celadyne Technologies’ novel membrane technology enables hydrogen production, storage and usage to be more efficient and less capital intensive, potentially reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 30% across grid storage, trucking and other heavy-duty industries, while also ensuring equitable access to energy.

“Clean Energy Trust is proud to partner with Nicor Gas on this award in support of entrepreneurs who are making a positive environmental impact throughout Illinois,” said Erik Birkerts, CEO of Clean Energy Trust. “The team looks forward to helping Celadyne scale its efficient hydrogen fuel cell membrane technology to accelerate the use of hydrogen for decarbonization.”

The inaugural award is a part of Clean Energy Trust’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion initiative and Nicor Gas’ commitment to enable equitable economic impact opportunities across Illinois. In addition to the grant, Celadyne leadership will receive 12 months of business mentorship and heightened exposure to investors and customers.

“On behalf of Celadyne, I am very excited to receive this award and to work with Nicor Gas and Clean Energy Trust to advance our mission to decarbonize energy with hydrogen,” said Gary Ong, founder and CEO of Celadyne Technologies. “Decarbonizing energy is a grand challenge, so as a deep-tech company in Illinois, we are thrilled to have the backing of one of the premier energy companies in the state to help us.”

A fellow at Argonne National Laboratory’s Chain Reaction Innovations program, Ong has more than 10 years of materials science research experience. While conducting postdoctoral research, he invented the nanocomposite technology that launched Celadyne Technologies, a clean-tech startup based in Willowbrook, Illinois. To learn more about Celadyne Technologies, visit

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