Want to inform investors similar to Chen Fong about your company?
Submit your Analyst Briefing to get in front of investors, customers, and partners on CB Insights’ platform.
Latest Chen Fong News
Oct 31, 2022
Monday, August 29, 2022 18 Aug 2022, Singapore: Singapore-based cleantech company SunGreenH2 announced today that it has raised a $2M seed round led by SGInnovate, with participation from Vinci VC, Cap Vista, Entrepreneur First, SOSV’s HAX, she1K, T. Chen Fong and Apsara Investments. This news comes alongside the announcement of agrant award the company recently received as part of the $8 million partnership between the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Shell in Singapore. SunGreenH2 is on a mission to unlock low-cost green hydrogen production. A carbon-free alternative to fossil-fuel manufactured hydrogen, green hydrogen uses clean energy sources like wind and solar to power electrolysis, the process that splits water into pure hydrogen and oxygen. The major bottleneck for green hydrogen production today is that most electrolyser systems are either energy inefficient or rely too heavily on precious metals like iridium and platinum, which are loaded into catalytic electrodes, a key component of electrolysis systems. SunGreenH2’s technology utilises unique proprietary nanostructured electrodes that dramatically increase available surface area for water contact during the splitting reaction for a given size of active area, increasing current density output by almost 2x, while lowering precious metal loadings and energy use. In this case, reducing the use of platinum group metals by an order of magnitude lower than the current industry standard means the materials can be scaled up sustainably from a mass-manufacturing perspective. The technology is applicable to almost all commercially available electrolysers today, offering a much-needed pathway to lowering green hydrogen cost for wide-scale adoption in industry, and other promising applications which cannot directly be electrified with renewables. “We are focusing on creating affordable green hydrogen, which will have a long-term impact in driving overall hydrogen prices downwards. By providing more advanced technology than what is currently available, SunGreenH2 makes possible mass-scale up of electrolysers by directly causing electrolyser manufacturers to compete more effectively in the distributed hydrogen stack. This opens the door to widespread adoption of green hydrogen in industry, transport, and long duration energy storage. Our aim is to unlock sustainable, scalable, affordable green hydrogen production globally.” said Tulika Raj, co-founder and CEO of SunGreenH2. “An added benefit to SunGreenH2’s electrolyser cell is its stable material composition, which can be easily sourced and produce up to twice as much hydrogen from a given electrolyser cell size, leading to halving of stack size and material costs as well as space requirement. This is an especially relevant design solution for space constrained economies like Singapore and for green hydrogen use in urban environments.” added Saeid Masudy Panah, co-founder and CTO of SunGreenH2 “We believe that SunGreenH2’s innovative products will contribute to advancements in hydrogen production, greatly increasing the viability of hydrogen as an accessible source of clean energy to meet our future needs. With decarbonisation becoming a critical global priority, we remain focused on supporting companies that leverage emerging technologies to bring us closer to making the hydrogen economy a reality,” said Hsien-Hui Tong, Executive Director – Investments, SGInnovate. “As an investor and partner in SunGreenH2’s growth journey, SGInnovate is looking forward to working closely with the team to help the company achieve their full potential.” Hydrogen production today is a significant contributor to CO2 emissions, owing mostly to its associated energy-intensive production processes, which are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels. The company is conducting trials of its materials with leading global electrolyser OEMs, and its prototype electrolyser cell is currently under demonstration at A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering. As demand for its solution increases, the company has explored opportunities with major players in the green hydrogen market in Singapore, EU, North America, Japan and India. “We’re currently collaborating with major electrolyser manufacturers in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America, and have pilot projects secured,” confirms Ms Raj. “This strong interest is not surprising when you consider that the growth of the global electrolyser market is exponential – by 2030, it’s expected to be 500 times larger than it was just a few years ago.” “Producing green hydrogen from electrolysis has had a whole host of barriers to adoption ranging from high costs to low efficiency and risky supply chains. SunGreenH2’s technology addresses each of those bottlenecks, allowing for a scalable and efficient model for green hydrogen production,” noted Duncan Turner, General Partner of SOSV’s HAX. Vinci’s Principal Investor Duran Cesur also commented: “We are very excited to have invested in SunGreenH2, which has developed a key technology in making green hydrogen cost competitive with grey/blue hydrogen. Tulika and Saeid are visionary founders operating in a crucial market for the green transition. Together with Vinci’s expertise and connections in the energy sector, we are confident that SunGreenH2 will demonstrate strong growth in the near future and disrupt the electrolyser market.” “Cap Vista is confident that SunGreenH2's technology and world-leading efficiency will revolutionise hydrogen production. They are critical in the global drive towards net zero goals, and the team is in a great position to power these efforts,” highlighted Eunice Ooi, CEO of Cap Vista. SunGreenH2’s journey began in 2020, when experienced commercial leader Tulika Raj met award-winning multidisciplinary scientist Dr. Saeid Masudy Panah in Singapore. Tulika has previously scaled renewable energy companies and led large project investments at renewable funds. Saeid has invented a series of electrodes for water splitting with a performance that exceeds anything else available in the market – the accumulation of several years of research and combining several of his inventions. From the outset, the pair were working on a hypothesis that net-zero targets, which now cover 80% of GDP globally, cannot be met without urgent acceleration of innovation in areas like green hydrogen. Since direct renewable electrification can only address 25% of global CO2 emissions, 75% of global CO2 emissions which come from heavy industries, like refining, shipping and aviation, cannot be directly electrified with renewables and will need green hydrogen to decarbonise. The company has previously received non-dilutive funding from NTU Ecolabs and Startup SG in Singapore. In 2020, the team received pre-seed funding from talent investor Entrepreneur First and SOSV’s HAX, an early stage hard tech investor with a significant portfolio in the climate tech space. “Entrepreneur First is honored to be a part of SunGreenH2’s founding story. Since Tulika and Saeid met on our eighth cohort, they’ve moved with urgency and ambition towards their goal of transforming hydrogen production at scale. This new milestone brings them closer to revolutionising zero emissions, and unlocking a greener future ahead,” said Bernadette Cho, Partner, Entrepreneur First Singapore. Alex Goh, Manager, Communications
Chen Fong Investments
Chen Fong has made 4 investments. Their latest investment was in Oncoustics as part of their Seed VC on July 7, 2022.
Chen Fong Investments Activity