27.07.2021. ArcelorMittal has announced it has completed its second investment in the company’s recently launched XCarb™ innovation fund, serving as lead investor in Form Energy’s 200 million $ Series D financing round, with a 25 million $ equity injection.
Form Energy, which was founded in 2017, is working to accelerate the development of its breakthrough low-cost energy storage technology to enable a reliable, secure, and fully-renewable electric grid year-round. It has recently unveiled a new iron-air battery which is: low-cost (approx. one-tenth the cost of lithium-ion battery technology); has multi-day reliability (100-h duration hence overcomes the intermittent nature of renewable energy generation); scalable; and can be sited anywhere.
Alongside the 25 million $ investment, ArcelorMittal and Form Energy have signed a joint development agreement to explore the potential for ArcelorMittal to provide iron, tailored to specific requirements, to Form Energy as the iron input into their battery technology.
Greg Ludkovsky, global head of research and development, ArcelorMittal: “Form Energy is at the leading edge of developments in the long-duration, grid-scale battery storage space. The multi-day energy storage technology they have developed holds exciting potential to overcome the issue of intermittent supply of renewable energy. They are exactly the kind of ambitious and innovative company we are seeking to invest in through our XCarb innovation fund. In addition to our investment, there are obvious synergies we are exploring with them. These include from ArcelorMittal supplying iron for their battery solutions, through to the potential their batteries hold to deliver us a permanent, reliable supply of renewably generated energy for our steel plants, therefore helping us in our journey to transition to carbon-neutral steelmaking.”
Mateo Jaramillo, CEO and co-founder of Form Energy: “This is an extremely exciting time at Form Energy and we are pleased to welcome ArcelorMittal as a business partner and investor. ArcelorMittal is a world’s leading steel and mining company and this investment demonstrates their commitment to innovation and deep decarbonisation. We appreciate their confidence in our team and in our technology as we work to reshape the global electric system to enable a clean energy future.”
XCarb innovation fund
The investment is the second ArcelorMittal has made in its XCarb innovation fund since its launch in March 2021. It follows an initial 10 million $ investment in Heliogen, a renewable energy technology company which focuses on ‘unlocking the power of sunlight to replace fossil fuels’, on 8 June.
The XCarb innovation fund – in which ArcelorMittal anticipates investing up to 100 million $ a year – is designed to invest in companies which are developing technologies which have the potential to support and accelerate the transition to carbon-neutral steelmaking. It was launched as part of ArcelorMittal’s wider XCarb initiative, which will ultimately encompass all the company’s efforts to progress to carbon-neutrality.