S4E18 - Is the Hydrogen Economy actually an Astounding Investment Opportunity?
with 🎙️ Alena Fargere, Principal at SWEN Capital Partners and co-founder of the first European investment fund dedicated to renewable gases.
💧 SWEN Capital Partners, a benchmark player in sustainable investments in private equity, just announced the first closing of its second SWEN Impact Fund for Transition (SWIFT 2). It will be a direct contribution to decarbonizing the economy and creating jobs in France.
This episode is the first part of a Hydrogen Economy trilogy!
What we covered:
👴 How Hydrogen is around for a while and how it already is quite a big market
🔥 How Hydrogen may still be perceived as quite risky by the traditional investment space, and how SWEN Capital intends to move the needle by being the first mover
💰 How there is plenty of capital on the markets today, and how the challenge is to redirect it to its highest impact
🏦 How the first investment wave in the Hydrogen Economy will unleash further development of the Hydrogen market and players
📉 How exactly like for renewable energies, scale effects will make Green Hydrogen profitable in the long run
💪 How SWEN Capital's SWIFT 1 and SWIFT 2 closed and delivered much faster than expected
🪙 How impact investing is not a charity and how you can be doing good and moving the needle while seeking profitability
🏗️ How the challenge lies in building and developing suitable business models
🌬️ How government incentives shall bring a strong tailwind to kick off the Hydrogen Economy, and what may be the best approach
🍏 How Hydrogen markets start from a carbon-intensive addiction to grey hydrogen and how this may change with blue hydrogen (carbon capture) and green hydrogen (electrolysis from renewables)
🧑🔬 How Hydrogen is fit for many purposes and how it could swiftly become a tool to decarbonize our economy
🔋 How at the end of the day, Hydrogen is an energy carrier, and how we always strived in a world featuring multiple energies
🍃 Mixing batteries and fuel cells, reducing the stress on natural resources, building an energy portfolio... and much more!
🔥 ... and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖𝙥𝙞𝙙 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙚 𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 🔥
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