“Experience and expertise are the hallmarks of the KEYOU team”
The KEYOU team has known each other for a long time and share one vision: engineers Thomas Korn and Alvaro Sousa have worked together for 15 years, 10 of which were spent researching and developing alternative drives at BMW. Added to this mix is Ivo Pimentel, who brings a wealth of experience in the field of renewable energy to the table. Now they are pooling their talents and expertise in KEYOU, the high-tech company they founded together at the end of 2015 with the aim of shaping mobility to be sustainable and environmentally friendly. And that shared vision? To create affordable and clean mobility based on the sustainable, energy-rich fuel of the future – hydrogen.
Alvaro has a natural passion for vehicles since the time he started walking. After realizing the damages that fossil fuels combustion are causing, he became very interested about solutions for clean mobility. The realization of a truly sustainable renewable-based Hydrogen (H2) energy economy has clearly become Alvaro’s sheer motivation while he was finishing his degree in mechanical engineering in Porto. Soon after, he was starting his professional career at the BMW’s R&D centre in Munich, supporting the development of the first demo fleet of pre-series vehicles powered with a H2-engine; there he started to work closely together with colleague and partner-to-be Thomas Korn. After steadily growing a solid complementary knowledge on H2 storage systems and supporting fundamental research on H2 fuel cells, Alvaro went to California to lead the H2-engine technical team that supported the North-American fleet operation of BMW’s first series-produced vehicles with H2-engine propulsion.
Later on, upon returning back home to Porto, Alvaro became a University lecturer teaching about clean vehicle technologies and engines. He then joined H2-engine Austrian start-up Alset, which major achievement was to adapt an Aston Martin race car to H2-drive that finished a 24h competition. Alvaro co-founded KEYOU and has been ever since leading the product development unit, responsible for the technical adaptation of conventional engines and vehicles into H2, as well as for the development of H2 core-components.
The high-tech company, based in Unterschleißheim near Munich, develops innovative hydrogen technologies, special components and combustion processes that can be deployed to transform conventional engines into zero-emission engines. The technology is not specific to a particular engine or manufacturer and can be used in both new and existing vehicles. The current focus is on the commercial vehicle sector.