“Experience and expertise are the hallmarks of the KEYOU team”
They have known each other for a long time and share a common vision: engineers Thomas Korn, Markus Schneider and Alvaro Sousa have 15 years of professional experience between them, 10 of them in research and development of alternative drives at BMW. Today, they combine their talents and expertise in the high-tech company KEYOU, which they founded together at the end of 2015 with the aim of making tomorrow’s mobility sustainable and environmentally compatible. The fourth KEYOU founder, Ivo Pimentel, has taken a different path after five successful years and has since left the company. With KEYOU, the three founders are pursuing a common goal: affordable and clean mobility based on the sustainable and energy-rich fuel of the future – hydrogen.
After studying automotive engineering at the University of Porto, Alvaro Sousa began his career in the R&D department at BMW in Munich. There he spent the first 4 years researching the development of BMW’s first pre-production vehicles with hydrogen combustion engines, storage systems and fuel cell vehicles. In 2007, he moved to California, where he was responsible for customer service and technical service for BMW’s hydrogen fleet there. Three years later, he returned to Portugal and worked as a lecturer at the University of Porto. Between 2011 and 2014, Alvaro Sousa worked for the start-up Alset, first as an external consultant and later as Vice-President for Fuels & Infrastructure. There he met Thomas Korn again. Alvaro, co-founder of KEYOU, is now Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and responsible for the development of the hydrogen engine and its components.
The Munich-based high-tech company, 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.