H2B2 Electrolysis Technologies and RMG Acquisition Corporation III announced today that they have entered into a letter of intent (“LOI”) for a potential business combination.
Under the terms of the LOI, H2B2‘s shareholders would continue holding substantially all of their equity in the combined public company. RMG III and H2B2 expect to announce additional details regarding the business combination when a definitive agreement is executed, which is expected before the end of the first quarter 2023.
Since its founding in 2016, H2B2 has become a key player in the green hydrogen energy sector. The company is expanding rapidly in Europe, the United States, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East and has secured a role in strategic projects. In particular, H2B2 has been selected as a participant in the IPCEI Hy2Tech (Important Projects of Common European Interest) program, through which it has been approved by the European Commission to receive up to € 25 million in public grants out of the € 5.4 billion that will be invested.
In 2019, the California Energy Commission awarded H2B2 a grant for the development of a green hydrogen production facility, Sohycal plant, in Fresno, California. This 3MW plant is scheduled to begin production in Q1 2023 and will become the first green hydrogen plant, powered by H2B2, vertically integrated from the photovoltaic production of electricity to the transportation and dispensing of green hydrogen at the charging station.
In 2021 Colombia’s Ecopetrol, one of the world’s leading oil companies, began working with H2B2 and recently incorporated the Company into its group of strategic partners as part of its plan to decarbonize and develop green hydrogen energy. H2B2 has also recently entered the Indian market through a joint venture with GR Promoter Group and the creation of GreenH.in Electrolysis.
The Company has reinforced its commitment to good corporate governance by increasing the number of independent directors on its board, including newly appointed chairman Antonio Vázquez, who has four decades of experience in international business development. Mr. Vázquez most recently was Chairman of IAG, the holding company for Iberia, British Airways, Vueling and Aer Lingus, and president of Iberia. The Company also recently appointed as CEO Anselmo Andrade Fernández de Mesa, who has been part of the management team since the Company was founded in 2016, including as its CFO until 2021 and Head of the Business Development division for the last two years. Mr. Andrade earned a master’s degree in finance through the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.
As part of the Company’s transition to public ownership, Mr. Andrade takes the reins from Felipe Benjumea Llorente, founder of H2B2, who will assume the role of Strategic Advisor so that he can continue to contribute to the development of the business globally.
“The steps we are taking to finalize our business combination with RMG III will represent a new era for our company and a great step forward in accelerating the decarbonization of the energy sector globally,” said Antonio Vázquez, Chairman of H2B2.
Anselmo Andrade added: “The Company will continue to distinguish itself by bringing together a team with decades of experience in the hydrogen energy sector and deploying its proprietary technology as it continues its expansion.”
RMG III’s Jim Carpenter said “RMG III is excited to be partnering with a company that we believe has the potential to become a global green hydrogen leader.”