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Hydrogen's Having a Moment in Southern California
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Hydrogen is rapidly emerging as a green alternative to natural gas. But for every hydrogen battery, electrolyzer or pipeline being proposed, a sensor is required: Hydrogen gas, as you may remember from high school chemistry class, is extremely flammable. Valencia-based H2scan has developed a solution, and it now has $70 million in fresh funding to scale up.

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As Hydrogen Emerges As a Clean Energy Option, H2scan Raises $70 Million

H2scan has deployed hydrogen sensors for customers including ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Procter & Gamble, Siemens and ABB. As gas utilities like SoCalGas are pivoting to hydrogen in order to decarbonize, the Valencia-based company is well-poised to meet growing demand.

Proptech Venture Firm Wilshire Lane Unveils Its Debut Fund

The Black-led, L.A.-based VC has closed on $40 million in capital commitments and aims to raise up to another $85 million, with a focus on real estate tech startups that have a “net-positive impact on the environment.”

Wisk Aero Partners with Long Beach on Air Taxis

The city is partnering with a startup developing electric, self-flying aircraft to explore the possibility of deploying air taxis that would bolster the city’s transit infrastructure.

Fama Raises $10 Million to Help Employers Screen Job Seekers' Social Feeds

Fama, an L.A.-based social media screening startup that allows companies to survey a job applicant’s online presence, will use its new funding to scale up its go-to-market team and develop new products.

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