Total invests in Hyzon Motors
Total continues to nail its colours to the clean energy mast by making a "strategic investment" in Hyzon Motors through its venture capital arm, Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures.
Hyzon is a global supplier of hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles, including heavy duty trucks, buses and coaches. Established as a spin-off from Singapore-headquartered Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies Pte Ltd, Hyzon commercialises Horizon's 17 years of hydrogen technology development for applications in the transportation sector. Details of the investment were not disclosed.
The deal dovetails with Total's ambition to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, funding technology and solutions that contribute to a low carbon future.
Earlier this year, Hyzon expanded existing operations by opening its new US headquarters and Engineering Center at the former General Motors fuel cell facility in Honeoye Falls, New York. Hyzon also launched its European operations in the Dutch city of Groningen with JV partner Holthausen Clean Technology.
With production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, Hyzon expects to deliver around 5,000 fuel cell trucks and buses over the next three years. By 2025, Hyzon's expected turn-key capacity will be more than 40,000 fuel cell vehicles annually.
Craig Knight, CEO and Co-Founder of HYZON Motors, said developing hydrogen mobility technology and assets is a long game and requires significant partnerships. "This is why we are pleased to welcome today our new investors and their support for accelerating the energy transition in mobility. In particular, we are delighted to welcome global energy company Total, a leader in the energy transition. As an investor and strategic partner, their experience, technology and infrastructure to supply clean energy, including hydrogen, around the world will be important to the success of HYZON."
Girish Nadkarni, Chief Executive Officer at Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures, said: "Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures invests in early stage companies which support Total's ambition to get to net-zero emissions by 2050, together with society. Its investments allow us to expand the reach of our low carbon- businesses beyond our own borders.
"About a decade ago, Total has set up the H2 Mobility joint venture, alongside other industry partners, to develop the hydrogen mobility ecosystem. Since then, we have developed several H2-related mobility projects, mainly in Europe. Building on this experience, Total is now moving forward in decarbonizing not only mobility -and notably heavy-duty transport- but also industry and energy.
"We are pleased to partner with Hyzon, one of the leading suppliers of hydrogen fuel-cell powered commercial vehicles and look forward to working closely with them as they expand their operations around the world."
Other investors in this round include Ascent Hydrogen Fund, Hydrogen Capital Partners and Audacy Ventures Ltd.
Total recently bought Blue Point London from the Bolloré Group for an undisclosed sum, taking over the management and operation of Source London and its 1,600 on-street electric vehicle charge points.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.