Netherlands-based Battolyser Systems has signed a €40M financing agreement with the European Investment Bank. The EIB has signed this deal with the support from the InvestEU programme. This funding will support the scale-up and commercialisation of its Battolyser technology.
Battolyser Systems develops and manufactures ‘Battolyser’, an integrated solution that stores electricity and produces hydrogen from renewable sources. This technology balances societal energy demand by storing excess electricity and generating hydrogen when needed.
This contributes to the EU’s goal of achieving a ‘net-zero’ energy system and has received support from the InvestEU programme, which focuses on attracting investments to the EU’s policy priorities, especially the green transition.
Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for the Economy says, “A successful green transition requires sustained investment and InvestEU has a key role to play in supporting this. By helping innovative companies access the financing they need, we can ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of developing the cutting-edge technologies we need for a green and sustainable future.”
Prior to this funding, in September 2023, Battolyser Systems raised €2M subsidy from the European Commission (Just Transition Fund).
Production of hydrogen
Battolyser Systems is developing a new technology: a dual-function battery capable of producing hydrogen.
This system utilises excess electricity to generate hydrogen via an integrated electrolyser. The produced hydrogen can be harnessed for various applications like transportation and industrial processes.
Battolyser is also cost-effective. The efficiency of its electrolyser and the flexibility of the battery enable it to produce hydrogen at a lower cost than other existing technologies, claims Battolyser Systems. Additionally, the Battolyser can feed surplus electricity back into the grid when there’s demand.
Funds to expand production facility in Rotterdam
Battolyser Systems says that the latest capital will help expand its production facility in Rotterdam, aiming to manufacture its combined electricity storage and electrolyser system at a large scale. Additionally, Battolyser Systems expects that more than 150 new jobs will eventually be created in this region.
This technology, already used at a Dutch industrial gas power plant and set for commercial deployment in 2024, handles fluctuating yields from renewable sources like wind and solar energy.
It is the only hydrogen solution capable of such flexibility, allowing industrial players and SMEs to decarbonise their operations and contribute significantly to European climate goals, claims Battolyser.
“Imagine…always clean energy”
Battolyser Systems is a climate scale-up developing and producing Battolysers: an integrated system combining battery and electrolysis. These Battolysers store and supply electricity like a battery and, when charged, split water into hydrogen and oxygen.
Invented by Prof. Dr. Fokko Mulder and his research group at TU Delft, the technology led to the formation of Battolyser Systems in 2018.
With investments from Koolen Industries in 2020 and support from Innovation Industries and Global Cleantech Capital, the company has expanded to 75 employees and aims to reach 100 employees by the end of 2023.
Brief about EIB and InvestEU programme
The European Investment Bank serves as the EU’s primary long-term lending institution, with shares held by Member States. It provides substantial financing for sound investments aligning with EU policy goals.
Over the past five years, the EIB has funded projects in the Netherlands, contributing more than €10B to various initiatives in the country.
The InvestEU programme plays a pivotal role in the EU’s sustainable economic recovery by mobilising substantial private and public resources. It supports key EU policy priorities such as the Green Deal and digital transition, attracting private investments.
The programme consolidates various EU financial instruments into three components: the InvestEU Fund, Advisory Hub, and Portal. The Fund, backed by a €26B guarantee from the EU budget, encourages financial partners to invest €2B in projects.
This initiative boosts the risk-bearing capacity of implementing partners, facilitating at least €372B in additional investments and simplifying the financing of EU projects.