January 2021 – The US Back to Having a Climate and Energy Green Agenda
- Hours after being in office, President Joe Biden
used executive orders to formally re-join the Paris Agreement.
Biden’s goal is to bring the US electricity sector’s carbon emissions to
zero by 2035. On the executive side, the new administration plans to invest
$400 billion into federal procurement of renewables, batteries and EVs.
- Earlier in the month, Tesla (TSLA, up 12.4%)
announced the launch of its own solar power inverter. The company’s
solar power solutions started in 2016 with the SolarCity acquisition.
Adding to the Powerwall and to solar roof tiles is their new inverter, a key
piece of a solar system now solved by the in house-designed power electronic.
The news caused shares in Solaredge Technologies (SEDG, down 9.6%) to drop 16%
the day of Tesla’s announcement.
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Index, in USD. 12 Month figures based on 31.01.20 -31.01.21.
Performance in January
- CLMA closed the first month of the year up 6.24%,
after being up 12.5% on Jan 26th. The Dow, S&P and Nasdaq posted
their worst month since October, caught by the retail frenzy over GameStop.
- CLMA is currently
comprised of 151 shares. In Jan 2021, 68 companies had a negative share
performance, 56 were between 0% and 10%, and 27 companies were above 10%.
Notably 8 companies were up over 40% in the first month of the year.
Noteworthy subsegments in the month were EV & Bikes, Renewable Energy
Equipment, and the Fuel Cell segment. The strength of the Fuel Cell segment is particularly
newsworthy, and we are dedicating most of this report on the positive events
that led to this strong performance. The climate change ETF provides comprehensive and balanced
exposure to the relevant climate change solutions, but many companies in the
fund are truly relevant players in the emerging H2 economy.
The Fuel Cell, Electrolysers and Green H2 Production: Ecosystem is in Place,
Fuel Cells are devices that
can convert the chemical energy of a fuel into electricity. They resemble a battery but don’t need
recharging and the only by-product of hydrogen used as fuel is heat and
water. As it can be powered by hydrogen,
fuel cell makers have benefited from global initiatives for the development of
a new green hydrogen economy. The period
from December 2020 to January 2021 has seen investor confidence in alternative
fuels skyrocket. Several headline events
in 2020 provided political backing for the long-term viability of alternative
fuels, reinstalling investor confidence, and a proliferation of deals in early
2021 has built on this momentum.
In July 2020, the EU
announced its Hydrogen Strategy alongside a ‘European Green Hydrogen Alliance’.
In doing so, it pledged to support the sector in becoming ‘an intrinsic part of
the integrated energy system’ by 2030; investments of €430 billion until 2030 are estimated as needed, as
well as a clear target of
installing 40 GW of electrolysers within its borders by the end of the decade. In the US, the
election of President Joe Biden and democratic control of both US houses
presented a clear signal to investors, confirming this major shift in outlook.
Climate change was a core theme of Biden’s campaign, and he has promised to
‘pursue a historic investment in clean energy innovation’ as part a $2 trillion
Green New Deal which will aim to achieve a carbon pollution-free power sector
In the wake of these
high-level trends, market leader Plug Power has secured two confidence-inspiring
deals with Renault and SK Group. Additionally, large players Iberdrola, Orsted
and NextEnergy are making clear signals, investing in pilot green hydrogen projects.
Whilst prices may fluctuate in the short term, the direction of travel seems
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Noteworthy Company News in January 2021
Ballard Power Systems Inc (BLDP, up 46%) Earlier this month, the
Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell manufacturer announced it will represent the sector
at COP26. A deal with Scottish Enterprise, Transport Scotland and the Hydrogen
Accelerator means a Ballard Fuel Cell module will power a zero-emissions
passenger train demonstration around Glasgow during the conference.
The company’s bid to conquer the
European market has received two further boosts since December, in the form of
a contract for 10 fuel cell modules to power the Dutch transport company Van
Hool buses and a contract to supply Scandinavian telecommunications specialists
Eltek Nordic with hydrogen powered 1.7 kW
and 5 kW backup power systems.
Bloom Energy Corporation (BE, up 21.8%) From late 2021, the
Californian manufacturer of solid-oxide fuel cells will help the city of New York reach its Paris Agreement targets by
providing the power supply for One World Trade Centre.
The switch aims to save 1,140 metric tons of CO2 per year via use of a 1.2 MW
new fuel cell installation, enough to supply one-third of One World Trade
Centre’s electrical demand. A deal with Asian giant, SK, will see Bloom Energy later this year
supplying their fuel cells and electrolysers to an industrial complex in South Korea,
helping to establish their presence in Asia. The 20 MW and 8 MW projects based
on Bloom Energy Servers are just the beginning, as South Korea released a
‘Hydrogen Economy Roadmap’ in 2019 calling for 14,000 MW of stationary fuel
cells to be installed by 2040.
Ceres Power Holdings (CWR, up 0.5%) Engineering corporation Bosch
owns an 18% stake in UK-based Ceres, a world leader in solid-oxide fuel cell.
The German company announced plans over a month ago to scale up production of
200 MW of distributed power stations across Germany by 2024, hoping to bring Ceres
£23 million in licensing fees.
Beyond licensing out their fuel cell technology to Bosh, they also license to
Weichai and Doosan. The company’s most recent news is a strategic partnership
with Austrian powertrain developer, AVL, whose reach and reputation could offer
significant opportunities for expansion.
FuelCell Energy Inc. (FCEL,
up 85.8%) Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy Inc has ridden the hydrogen wave
with few festive announcements of its own. Back in October, the company won $8
million of funding from the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
This will be put towards the development of its flagship SureSource
electrolysis platform. In the wake of this governmental backing, the market
clearly has high hopes for the platform which aims to provide efficient turnkey
hydrogen power generation solutions at scale.
ITM Power (ITM, up 6.6%) The
British company that manufactures electrolysers is a particular beneficiary of
the hydrogen boom promise. In early January, it announced the sale of a 24 MW electrolyser to EPC partner Linde.
In October 2019, Linde acquired a minority stake in ITM and is now partnering
on clean energy projects across Europe.
A week before the Linde deal, a consortium including ITM was granted €5 million by the European
commission to investigate the viability of combining an offshore wind turbine
and an electrolyser (fellow consortium participants are Iberdrola (IBE, up 3%)
and Orsted (ORSTED, up 1%). In Australia, ITM entered into a deal with Optimal that will see ITM membranes
installed in projects across Australia.
Back home in Sheffield, ITM’s Gigafactory received practical completion, with
ability to manufacture 1,000 MW per annum; the world's first gigawatt-scale
NEL ASA (NEL, up 6.2%) ITM’s
Norwegian competitor has also had a fruitful period. It was chosen by utility
giant Iberdrola to supply over 200 MW of electrolysers
in Spain by 2023, with an initial 20 MW plant to start operations in 2021.
A partnership with mobility provider Everfuel sees NEL ASA providing a 20MW
electrolyser for use at the green H2 Frederica refinery facility in Denmark, a €7.25 million contract with
delivery scheduled for late 2021.
The two companies have also initiated a venture – Everfuel Norway Retail AS -
to develop the hydrogen fuel market in Norway. Finally, NEL ASA will provide the
electrolyser for the Netherland’s landmark ‘PosHYdon’ North Sea project, the
first offshore green H2 pilot in the world.
Plug Power (PLUG, up 86.3%) The New York-based outfit has
retained its place as the market leader in this segment through two landmark
deals in early January. A collaboration with SK Group worth $1.5 billion seeks to
develop solutions for each stage of the hydrogen energy production value chain.
SK Group are South Korea’s second largest conglomerate, and this deal represents a key moment in the penetration of hydrogen
fuels into the crucial Asian market. The second deal, a 50/50 joint venture
with Renault, targets the light commercial vehicle sector, a market in which
Plug Power’s CEO believes light, rapid fuelling hydrogen vehicles could have a
PowerCell Sweden (PCELL, up 16.2%) Once part of the
Volvo group, the fuel cell manufacturer joined the European Clean Hydrogen
Alliance at the end of 2020. Bosch’s interest in this field is once again
demonstrated by an order of PowerCell S3 Fuel Cell stacks for application in
cars, buses and trucks.
Looking ahead to later in 2021, a deal with Statkraft will see the companies
exploring the possibilities for stationary power and also for mobile power
solutions, peak shaving and smart grid possibilities connected to wind and
Outlook – The Conversion of Green Electrons into Green Molecules
- Large renewable energy companies are for
that reason investing into green H2 pilot projects: The conversion of
renewable source electricity into green H2 via electrolysis can add flexibility
and security of supply to the electricity system. NextEra Energy (NEE, up
21.5%) announced last year its first green H2 plant in Florida, a $65million
power project using a 20 MW electrolyser to produce 100% green H2 from solar
energy. Orsted (ORSTED, down 6.1%) just announced a 2 MW pilot project
harnessing offshore wind to power a pilot project that can produce 1 ton of
green H2 per day. The power will come from two 3.6 MW turbines.
As the industry evolves, we see various
other CLMA constituents making investments into H2-enabled solutions: Alstom
(ALO, down 3.7%) signed in 2020 two contracts for H2-powered trains;
NFI Group (NFI, up 16.6%) in 2020 supplied ten fuel cell heavy duty
buses to Santa Ana, California, coupled with the debut of America’s largest H2
fuelling station. Acciona
(ANA, up 6%) announced last year a pilot project replacing a diesel generator with
a H2 generator in a construction site in
Green molecules to overtake grey and blue
ones: According to ITM Power’s CEO,
at £40/MWh electricity cost, green H2 competes with blue H2. To compete with
grey H2, electricity costs need to be below £25/MWh.
Depending on location, many solar and wind projects can already supply
electricity at competitive prices. He
also points out that the EU and Chile are seeking demand for green H2 at 40 GW
and 25 GW, respectively, by the end of 2030.
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