Hydrogen technology firm announces £50m fundraise and intention to float

A Doncaster-based company which designs and makes hydrogen production units says it intends to float on AIM.

Clean Power Hydrogen (CPH2) adds it plans to raise about £50m by way of a placing of new ordinary shares on admission.

Jon Duffy, the firm’s chief executive officer, said: “Our approach to electrolyser technology is based on challenging long held market views for the benefit of our customers and the market as a whole, and the result is a lower cost, simple, much more durable electrolyser to separate hydrogen and oxygen from water.

“The new capital raised from a listing on AIM will position the Group well to become a globally recognised and highly profitable designer, manufacturer and licensor of the membrane free electrolyser with at least a 4GW production capacity by 2030.

“Hydrogen is central to Governments’ strategies to decarbonise the economy. This drive to net-zero is changing the way that electricity is generated, stored and managed.”

The business explains it aims to become a “globally recognised and highly-profitable designer, manufacturer and licensor” of its IP-protected Membrane-Free Electrolyser (MFE) technology and is targeting 4GW production capacity by 2030.

Meeting this target would be equivalent to a 10% market share of the projected EU market.

The company says its ambition is to help establish hydrogen as a viable source of power in the future.

And it says that when coupled with renewable electricity as a power source, its electrolyser design is capable of producing cheap, green hydrogen and medical grade oxygen.

Funds raised through the CPH2 placing, along with the Group’s existing cash resources, will allow it to undertake capital investment.

This will feature building out manufacturing operation including assembly, logistics and stack automation, and completing the identification and development of a site for a Northern Ireland factory.

Cash raised will also be used to continue investment in research and development, enhance intellectual property protection, explore potential acquisitions, improve sales and marketing capability and provide contingency funding.

As one of the key components set out in 2021 by the UK Government to support the countries move to net zero, hydrogen and clean fuel businesses including CPH2’s South Yorkshire neighbour ITM Power have seen significant market growth.

In December the Sheffield-based ITM Power noted that it expected “continued growth in its tender pipeline” and was planning for its manufacturing capacity expansion to accelerate, having previously confirmed it would be opening it second gigafactory in the region following a £250m fundraise.