The Beauty of Finding Your Aha! Moment

When Vancouver civil engineer James Dean started his greentech company, dPoint Technologies, in the early 2000s, he figured he could hitch his wagon to the promise of the hydrogen fuel cell sector. At the time, Burnaby, B.C.-based Ballard Technologies was leading the creation of the engine of the future—a clean, no-emission system that ran on water and hydrogen.

But like many other, overly optimistic hydrogen-based fuel entrepreneurs, Dean, whose company made a specialized membrane that was to be used in the fuel-cell modules, watched the ground open beneath his feet as the commercial take-up proved to be far slower than anyone anticipated.

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