Funding boost for Glasgow green hydrogen start-up

A university spin-out company says that securing over £1m in pre-seed funding is a vote of confidence in its mission to develop cutting-edge hydrogen production solutions.

Clyde Hydrogen, a Glasgow University start-up business, received the support of Zinc, the university itself, and several “strategic” angel” investors; all backing its aim to significantly reduce carbon emissions, and drive the global transition to sustainable energy by harnessing hydrogen.

The company’s collaboration with Glasgow provides the start-up with access to world-class research facilities, and expertise in renewable energy technologies, while Zinc’s involvement brings strategic investment acumen and an established network of industry connections.

Clyde Hydrogen’s breakthrough decoupled electrolyser technology is said to deliver high pressure green hydrogen safely at scale and at low cost.

This has the potential to match renewable energy with hydrogen production in a more productive way than currently possible – solving one of the industry’s biggest challenges to date.

Dr Jos Trehern, chairman of Clyde Hydrogen, said: “This funding is not just a financial boost but a validation of our vision to make green hydrogen accessible and cost effective.

“With the support of Zinc, the University of Glasgow and angel investors, we are poised to accelerate our research and development efforts and bring our innovative solutions to market.”

Paul Kirby, co-founder and chief executive at Zinc, said: “At Zinc, we believe in the importance of investing in deep science innovation to solve our most pressing environmental issues.

“Clyde Hydrogen represents exactly the kind of disruptive technology we look to support – one that has the potential to revolutionise the energy landscape and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. We’re excited to be part of the team at Clyde Hydrogen on its journey to impact.”

Mel Anderson, head of IP and commercialisation at the University of Glasgow, added: “The University of Glasgow is proud to support Clyde Hydrogen in their innovative endeavours to transform the hydrogen energy landscape. This partnership aligns with our commitment to advancing sustainable and renewable energy adoption.

“We believe that Clyde Hydrogen’s ground-breaking approach to hydrogen production will play a crucial role in achieving a carbon-neutral future.”

The pre-seed funding is expected to be instrumental in expanding the company’s R&D team, accelerating technology development, and forging strategic partnerships within the energy sector.

Clyde Hydrogen says it is committed to contributing significantly to Scotland’s carbon neutrality and green hydrogen goals.

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