ADB Ventures Participates in Switchgear Company nuventura’s Second Closing of Seed Funding Round

The Berlin-based company nuventura aims to help reduce the use of highly potent greenhouse gas SF6 amid global growth and the continued acceleration of climate action.

  • April 12, 2022
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  • ADB Ventures Participates in Switchgear Company nuventura’s Second Closing of Seed Funding Round
    ADB Ventures Participates in Switchgear Company nuventura’s Second Closing of Seed Funding Round

Nuventura is a developer of switchgear technologies that help eliminate Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6) which is the world’s strongest greenhouse gas. The company is pleased to reveal that ADB Ventures (the Asian Development Bank’s venture arm) participated in a second closing of nuventura’s seed investment round in 2021.

ADB Ventures joined existing investors including Cycle Group, Future Energy Ventures, Doen Participaties, IBB Ventures, and more. The collaboration with ADB will help nuventura make important steps toward the product’s industrialization and expansion into Asian markets.

Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6) is 23,500 times more potent than CO2

Nuventura develops medium voltage (MV) gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), replacing SF6 with dry air. Through this patented technology, the company’s goal is to help tackle annual SF6 emissions, equivalent to the yearly CO2 emissions produced by approximately 100 million cars.

Nuventura makes it possible for established switchgear manufacturers to expand their own product portfolios with SF6-free GIS technologies by either selling key components to manufacturers which then get incorporated into their own switchgear designs, or licensing the full technology. The business model ensures that nuventura’s customers gain access to state-of-the-art GIS technologies while avoiding costly R&D expanses as a consequence of the further development of their own new GIS technologies.

80% of all SF6 is used in gas insulated switchgear

“We are delighted to welcome ADB as one of our investors and strong supporters. We believe that ADB will be a vitally important partner as we actively expand our focus to Asian markets," commented Manjunath Ramesh, CTO and Co-Founder of nuventura, on the investment from ADB Ventures. "Asia is a very attractive market environment, offers large opportunities for growth, and has shown a growing appetite for sustainable solutions. Nuventura, with ADB’s support, will be at the forefront of making the Asian energy transition SF6-free.” 

"Nuventura has developed a game-changing solution with clear benefits to both grid operators and climate. We believe that the company’s proprietary tech and unique licensing model will put it in a very competitive position in a growing $26bn market while leading the transition towards a more environmentally sustainable electrical grid infrastructure." said Qiyong Cao, Senior Investment Specialist at ADB Ventures.

Graduated in political sciences and international relations in Paris, Anis joined the team in early 2019. Editor for IEN Europe and the new digital magazine AI IEN, he is a new tech enthusiast. Also passionate about sports, music, cultures and languages. 

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