New York-based green hydrogen developer Ambient Fuels is in exclusivity with a new investor, with proceeds from the capital raise slated to fund project development and acquisitions.
Ambient Fuels, the New York-based green hydrogen developer, is in exclusivity with a new investor for a bilateral capital raise, CEO Jacob Susman said in an interview.
Susman declined to name the private equity provider but said the backing will allow Ambient to develop several projects, as well as acquire projects from other developers. The deal is proceeding without the help of a financial advisor.
Once the company reaches its run rate, Ambient plans to complete three to four projects per year costing $50m and up, Susman said, with the first expected to reach operation in 2025.
The company's initial geographic focus is on the Gulf Coast, centered on the Port of Corpus Christi, Susman said. New York, California, the Pacific Northwest and traditional wind energy states in the Midwest and West are areas of additional work.
Ambient is closely following the DOE hydrogen hub applications process, Susman said. Which regions are awarded funding could make a difference for where the company locates new projects.
According to The Hydrogen Source's project tracker, Ambient is involved in at least two of the hubs that were encouraged by the DOE to submit a final application: California's Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems (ARCHES), and the Port of Corpus Christi Green Hydrogen Hub.
In 2021 Ambient completed a funding round led by SJF Ventures. Several other VC funds and angel investors also participated.
Open for offtake business
Ambient is looking for offtakers in industries that use the molecules for feedstock and energy but need to meet decarbonization targets.
The company is working to provide hydrogen as an industrial feedstock and energy source to sectors including transportation, oil and gas, mining, glass and steel production and automobile manufacturing. Supplying hydrogen for ammonia fertilizer is another target market.
Advisors with clients in those industries should reach out to Ambient, Susman said.
Ambient strives to be a fully integrated devco with the resources, capital and expertise to take a project to fruition, Susman said. Projects developed by smaller companies can look to Ambient as a buyer for their projects.
“We want to be a home for those great projects that are being developed independently,” Susman said. “Absolutely we will be acquiring projects.”
Smaller developers with good projects could also be targets for takeover with the backing from the new investor, Susman said. The firm could also make a technology buy in software for project development, operations, or possibly the equipment side, though Susman said there's a low probability of that.
Financial advisors that have leads on good projects Ambient can acquire are welcome to pitch, Susman said.
Susman said he is not in a hurry to exit Ambient and can see the company being independently financed for years to come.