Startups can be a key part of solving our society’s biggest challenges. In this fireside chat, meet one startup founder as they share their journey developing a new technology to create biobased membranes.

Cellfion’s technology is made from the most abundant biopolymer on the planet, cellulose, derived from wood. By extracting cellulose nanofibrils from wood, and modifying the surfaces, the fibrils can be fabricated into sheets of membranes that can be used as critical components in energy storage and conversion devices, such as Hydrogen fuel cells and Redox Flow Batteries.

To the best of their knowledge – Cellfion is the first company working towards the commercialisation of biobased membranes with no toxic substances such as PFAS. With their membranes, they offer the industry a cost-effective alternative that not only is sustainable but also has the potential (when scaled-up) to increase the overall efficiency of the energy storage and conversion technologies so that they can be accessible for all and the green energy transition can truly take place. 


  • Liam Hardey, CEO & Co-founder, Cellfion
  • Maria Olofsson, Process Developer (Incubators and Science Parks), Ignite Sweden & Uminova Innovation (Moderator)

About the organisers

Ignite Sweden is a non-profit initiative part of SISP- Swedish Incubators & Science Parks that aims to foster innovation and accelerate commercialisation by connecting startups to large companies and public organisations. Since it began in spring 2017, Ignite has matched over 1200 startups with 300+ corporates and public organizations in more than 5700 curated matchmaking meetings, resulting in
over 453 commercial collaborations.

Swedish Incubators and Science Parks (SISP) is Sweden’s industry association for incubators and science parks. Through strong collaboration between their members and Sweden’s leading universities, private sector actors, public organisations, and customers, SISP aims to develop the world’s most effective innovation ecosystem and tackle today’s biggest challenges.