TotalHy was founded in 2011 by Jacques Smolenaars. In his previous career Jacques has worked on hydrogen generation technologies at Gastec (Netherlands) and at fuel cell technologies at Plug Power (USA). After that he was co-founder and shareholder of HyGear, a Dutch company developing and manufacturing hydrogen generation systems. Also he was one of the founders of the Dutch Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association of which he was many years active as Chairman. In the same period of time he was also Member of the Executive Board of the European Hydrogen Association. After selling his shares of HyGear, he founded TotalHy of which he is the sole shareholder.