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Terragia Secures $6M to Develop Cost-Competitive, Low-Carbon Biofuel Technology

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🔖 Topics: Funding Event

🏢 Organizations: Terragia, Engine Ventures, Energy Impact Partners, Dartmouth College, University of Campinas

Terragia Biofuel, a technology startup aiming to drive the next generation of biofuels, announced it has raised a $6 million seed round led by Engine Ventures and Energy Impact Partners (EIP). The company will use the capital to commercialize its novel biology-based approach to converting cellulosic biomass into ethanol and other products, expand its employee headcount and initiate partnerships with major biofuel producers.

Terragia uses engineered thermophilic bacteria to break down cellulosic biomass and convert it into ethanol and other chemical products. The company’s technology avoids key features responsible for the high cost of conventional cellulosic biofuel production by one-step “consolidated” bioprocessing without added enzymes, and leveraging mechanical disruption during fermentation (i.e., “cotreatment”) in lieu of thermochemical pretreatment.

In partnership with Dartmouth College and the University of Campinas, the ongoing development of Terragia’s technology is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Center for Bioenergy Innovation and the São Paulo Research Foundation, by grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation, as well as private capital.

Read more at Business Wire

EVOLOH Secures $20M to Transform Electrolyzer Manufacturing and Make Low-Carbon Hydrogen Globally Accessible

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🔖 Topics: Funding Event

🏢 Organizations: EVOLOH, Engine Ventures, NextEra Energy, 3M

EVOLOH, Inc., a cleantech company that manufactures electrolyzer stacks for hydrogen production, announced it has raised an oversubscribed $20 million Series A round led by Engine Ventures. Additional participating investors include a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources and 3M Ventures. The capital will be used to expand the company’s scalable, high-throughput manufacturing technology and introduce additional capabilities for its NautilusTM platform of advanced liquid alkaline electrolyzers.

EVOLOH is making low-carbon hydrogen globally accessible by revolutionizing the manufacturing of electrolyzers. While incumbent electrolyzers are notoriously expensive and difficult to produce, transport and install, and rely on politically and environmentally challenging supply chains, EVOLOH’s manufacturing facility will offer an 80% reduction in capital investment and footprint.

Electrolyzer stacks, the core component of electrolyzers, are offered via EVOLOH’s NautilusTM platform and made from abundant materials like steel, plastic and aluminum and do not require precious metals or rare earth materials. To reduce the CAPEX and OPEX of hydrogen plants using EVOLOH’s Advanced Liquid Alkaline technology, the NautilusTM stacks use low-cost power electronics and do not require corrosive electrolytes. EVOLOH’s NautilusTM stacks are very compact, and can be built into modules of 24 megawatts, making them ideal for large industrial applications.

Read more at Access Wire

AtmosZero Closes $21 Million in Series A

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🔖 Topics: Funding Event

🏢 Organizations: AtmosZero, Engine Ventures, Constellation Energy

AtmosZero, the company on a mission to decarbonize steam, announced the close of a $21 million Series A round co-led by Engine Ventures and 2150 to accelerate the commercialization of its Boiler 2.0 technology. Constellation Technology Ventures, the strategic venture arm of Constellation Energy Corporation (Nasdaq: CEG), also joined the round along with existing backers, Energy Impact Partners, Starlight Ventures, and AENU.

Industrial steam, which is used across the built environment and industries from food and beverage to chemical manufacturing, is generated by burning fossil fuels onsite in boiler systems that account for nearly eight percent of global primary energy use. AtmosZero’s proprietary Boiler 2.0 technology extracts heat from the air and delivers high-temperature steam with maximum efficiency and zero carbon emissions, allowing companies to replace their existing natural gas and oil boilers quickly and cost-effectively.

Read more at AtmosZero Press