Mind the Gap: Venture Funding of Hydrogen
EU and US Investment Patterns
and their Policy Implications
There is a huge scale-up gap between the US and Europe, although Europe is slowly catching up. We need to build tomorrow's champions now, or we will miss our window of opportunity.
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State of Venture Investment in Climate Tech & Hydrogen
There is a steady increase in funding for climate technologies. Total investment is highest in the US, but Europe catches up significantly. In particular, hydrogen funding has taken off, outpacing the general climate tech trend.
Hydrogen Venture Investment in Europe & the US
The total volume of equity invested is around twice as high in the US. The same is true for average deal sizes. While early-stage financing in Europe is on a par with the US, the volume of later-stage financing in the US is five to six times higher.
Who invests in which start-ups & technologies?
The majority of funding in Europe and the US goes to H2 production technology, but with different emphases.
Facts & Figures
higher is the total funding in the US compared to Europe (2019 to 2023).
The IRA is a key driver.
Political incentives and external shocks drive growth: IRA, CBAM, Green Deal, but also the Russian invasion of Ukraine have driven the growth of hydrogen funding.
Hydrogen is a hardware game:
97 percent of venture funding goes to hardware-based start-ups.
Funding & deal count across Europe
Central and northern countries dominate the hydrogen funding landscape: The highest funding volumes go to start-ups from Sweden, Germany and the UK. In southern countries, the funding volumes are much lower.
The huge funding volumes allocated to H2 Green Steel make Sweden a statistical outlier. The average deal size is 15 times higher than in Switzerland or about 20 times higher than in Germany, which are ranked 2nd and 3rd for average deal size.
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Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, CEO of Hydrogen Europe 🚀
Data origin and classification
Programmatic monitoring, partnerships with ecosystem players and innovators submitting their own data: Our insights originate from a variety of data points.
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