UK hydrogen pioneer GeoPura receives £56 million investment and plans to create hundreds of jobs

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GeoPura has completed a £56 million investment round that will help accelerate the UK’s adoption of green hydrogen by expanding production capacity, growing the specialist workforce in the UK, and increasing the deployment of their power generation technology.

The UK Infrastructure Bank committed £30 million to the round, led by a follow-on investment from Barclays Sustainable Impact Capital and supported by their existing investors: GM Ventures, SWEN Capital Partners, and Siemens Energy Ventures.

The financing will directly increase the manufacture and supply of GeoPura’s Hydrogen Power Units (HPUs) in Newcastle, which replace traditional diesel generators and emit zero harmful emissions. The HPUs have already been successfully supplied to a wide range of high-profile customers including the Ministry of Defence, Balfour Beatty, National Grid and the BBC. 

In addition, GeoPura will expand its production of green hydrogen, helping to transform an old coal power station site as part of the HyMarnham Power Green Hydrogen project in the East Midlands. The scaling up of green hydrogen is vital in helping to meet net zero by reducing emissions in hard to abate sectors – such as in construction and our industrial heartlands, and complement renewables by providing supplementary power to the electricity grid.

GeoPura’s HPU technology exemplifies how the transition to sustainable energy can be accelerated, even in the face of grid challenges. As electricity demand increases due to the proliferation of electric vehicles and other clean technologies, supplementary power sources such as the HPU are paramount to provide the capacity required, prevent gridlock and secure a sustainable energy future.

With hubs in Nottingham, Matlock, Sheffield and Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK, GeoPura is mass manufacturing HPUs in collaboration with partner Siemens Energy and plans to deploy a fleet of over 3,600 HPUs by 2033, providing clean, low-cost reliable power, displacing more than ten million tonnes of CO2 emissions through their operation over their life.

John Flint, CEO at UK Infrastructure Bank, said:

“Our investment in GeoPura is another example of our problem solving in action. By removing barriers to investment in the hydrogen sector – a critical nascent market on the route to net zero – we are creating a sustainable platform from which to finance additional green hydrogen projects in the near future.”

Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance Lord Callanan said:

“The UK is leading the way in cutting emissions, having already slashed them by half since 1990, while also growing our economy by nearly 80%. 

“UKIB and GeoPura’s announcement is another vote of confidence in our world-leading hydrogen industry and will help deliver hydrogen power to more businesses across the UK, cutting our emissions even further.”

Building upon GeoPura’s success in the UK Government’s Net Zero Hydrogen HAR1 allocation round that will see HyMarnham Power, a 50/50 JV between GeoPura and JG Pears, transform a former coal-fired power station in the East Midlands into a clean energy hub, a portion of the investment will be dedicated to further developing hydrogen production capacity and capability. This includes investments in storage and distribution assets, crucial for managing potential supply risks associated with growth.

This investment comes on the heels of a highly successful year for GeoPura, during which the company secured multiple new customers, further expanded its reach into Europe, and launched new HPU-based products to strengthen its portfolio, meeting customer needs for more mobile power solutions.

2023 also saw GeoPura more than double its headcount and recruit its first hydrogen apprentices, investing in green skills in the Northeast of England and throughout the UK, while supporting the global deployment of the technology. It is anticipated that in the region of 400 jobs will be created by GeoPura within the hydrogen sector over the next 5 years to facilitate the company’s’ planned growth.

The latest round of funding follows a £36 million raise 12 months prior, underscoring the ongoing confidence and commitment of existing investors and highlighting the promising future potential of the technology in a rapidly growing market.

Barclays’ Energy Transition Group, a group within the Investment Bank of Barclays Bank PLC, acted as financial adviser and assisted GeoPura in respect of the UK Infrastructure Bank’s investment.

Source: GeoPura

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