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Tuesday, March 08 2022 - 14:24
8 Rivers Secures $100M Investment from SK Group and Establishes Asian Joint Venture with SK Group to Accelerate Global Decarbonization
HOUSTON, March 8, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

8 Rivers Capital, LLC announced a USD$100 million investment from SK Group, 
along with the establishment of an 8 Rivers-SK joint venture to focus on 
decarbonization of Korean and key Asian markets.  This investment establishes 8 
Rivers as the premier Net Zero solutions company globally for industrial 
decarbonization, offering innovative solutions that are deployment-ready today 
and will help drive global decarbonization through 2050. This represents one of 
the largest single private investments in a carbon capture solutions provider 
to date, and was announced at S&P Global's CERA Week ( 
) by IHS Markit

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SK's investment will enable 8 Rivers to expand its world-class innovation and 
execution team and will accelerate the deployment of 8 Rivers' clean 
technologies at the pace and scale that customers and governments are now 
demanding globally. As a leading South Korean industrial and high-tech 
conglomerate, SK's technological and engineering capabilities will serve as a 
force-multiplier for 8 Rivers, while SK will leverage the partnership to deploy 
clean projects for its domestic and foreign operations.

The 8 Rivers-SK Asia Joint Venture will combine 8 Rivers' technology with SK's 
regional footprint to deploy clean hydrogen and zero-emissions power projects 
across major energy centers in the Asia-Pacific region --a region that 
currently emits more carbon each year than the rest of the world combined, and 
which is central to the world's economy and Net Zero goals.

"Decarbonizing the global economy is both a multi-trillion-dollar business 
opportunity and, more importantly, an environmental and social necessity," said 
8 Rivers CEO Cam Hosie. "I can imagine no better partner than the SK Group to 
accelerate gigaton-scale deployment of 8 Rivers' clean, net-zero technologies, 
helping drive economic and social development globally."

8 Rivers is a world-leading developer of innovative decarbonization 
technologies which span hydrogen, power, direct air capture, and biomass carbon 
removal, including invention of the 8RH2 clean hydrogen technology and the 
paradigm-changing Allam-Fetvedt Cycle power generation system. 8 Rivers is 
developing marquee zero-emissions projects in the United Kingdom ( 
) and the United States ( 
), with a strong pipeline of global prospects.

"SK looks forward to accelerating the deployment of 8 Rivers' technologies 
across the global energy market by combining SK's domestic and foreign energy 
infrastructure, business capabilities, and 8 Rivers' world-class portfolio of 
clean technologies and projects" said Young Wook Lee, President, of SK Inc. 
Materials, "and the launch of our Asian joint venture with 8 Rivers is a key 
initiative that cements SK's position as an energy transition leader in the 

Also, Lee added that "SK is actively investing in eco-friendly business to 
achieve a 'Zero Carbon Footprint,' and SK is looking forward in order to reduce 
200 million tons of CO2 through 2030. This deal with 8 Rivers is also aligned 
with SK's goal for SK to be the leader in accomplishing Net Zero and to also 
lead the global carbon reduction business with 8 Rivers and their innovative 
carbon capture technology"

SK Group, the second largest conglomerate in South Korea with its largest 
businesses primarily involved in energy industries, is committed to build 
sustainable clean energy value chains in Korean and Asian markets. As such, SK 
Group is a highly attractive strategic capital investor and partner for 8 
Rivers' clean technology portfolio.

In order to accomplish Net Zero by 2050, production of renewable energy and 
green hydrogen is inevitable, and needs to form part of a comprehensive 
'all-of-the-above' approach with a broad suite of technologies that account for 
investment efficiency, space for installment, and supply stability, in order to 
make global decarbonization a reality.

In reflecting on the importance of the SK partnership, Bill Brown, co-founder 
and Executive Chairman of 8 Rivers Capital, noted that: "Partnerships are 
precious.  At the simplest level, they are about compatibility of execution, 
but more importantly, they are about the compatibility of vision. Of all the 
potential investors that approached 8 Rivers over the last 15 years, SK was the 
first that fully shared our vision of a whole ESG system. To get to Net Zero, 
McKinsey ( 
) has estimated the world needs to spend $25 billion per day for 30 years.  No 
single company today is suited for that scale.  SK and 8 Rivers know and 
understand that we need a new business model that does not trace its existence 
to any single company today.  Instead, that model will be an amalgamation 
across silos--much like Amazon.  Since the expansion of decarbonization 
technologies including carbon capture is imminent, both 8 Rivers and SK are 
focusing on the energy system and on the customers, and not on just one 
technology.  That combination is what will allow our two firms to create the 
premier global net-zero company that will lead the world's clean technology 

ABOUT 8 RIVERS CAPITAL LLC: 8 Rivers Capital, LLC is a Durham, NC-based firm 
founded in 2008 which is leading the invention and commercialization of 
sustainable, infrastructure-scale technologies for the global energy transition 
as the premier net zero solutions company for industrial decarbonization.  8 
Rivers is developing and deploying technologies for clean hydrogen and ammonia 
(8RH2), transformative zero-emissions power cycles (Allam-Fetvedt Cycle) direct 
air capture (Calcite), retrofit carbon capture (Carbon8), sour gas sweetening 
(TarT), clean ethylene (Codox), and other advanced clean energy systems.

ABOUT SK GROUP: Based in Seoul, South Korea, SK Group is a collection of 
diverse multi-national manufacturing and service companies united under a 
holding company structure that share a common SK Brand and Corporate Culture. 
SK Group companies are global leaders in semiconductors, telecommunications, 
energy and life sciences. Across its companies, SK is committed to building 
environmentally sustainable businesses that help reduce global greenhouse gas 
emissions and increase the use of renewable energy. SK Group is a founding 
member of the Value Balancing Alliance. SK companies combined have $106 billion 
in annual global revenue and more than 100,000 employees worldwide.

CONTACT: Andrew Turner,, +44 (0) 7702 962043, Adam 
Goff,, +1 267-528-8471

SOURCE: 8 Rivers Capital, LLC