Mar 15, 2023
Funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Will Advance Electrolysis Technology, Reduce the Cost of Clean Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, and Provide Long-term Support for Hydrogen Hubs.
The Biden-Harris Administration, via the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), has unveiled a $750 million investment for research and development to significantly lower the cost of clean hydrogen. This funding represents the initial phase of the $1.5 billion earmarked in President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, focusing on enhancing electrolysis technologies and refining manufacturing and recycling capabilities. Clean hydrogen, produced with minimal carbon emissions, is pivotal for the emerging clean energy landscape and is instrumental in achieving the President’s vision of a fully clean electrical grid by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. U.S. Secretary of Energy, Jennifer M. Granholm, emphasized the transformative potential of clean hydrogen across various sectors, from construction and manufacturing to transportation, highlighting the DOE's commitment to making this fuel market-ready within the next decade.
The funding kickstarts the implementation of two provisions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, allocating $1 billion for activities to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen via electrolysis and $500 million for the advancement of manufacturing and recycling processes for clean hydrogen systems. Clean hydrogen is poised to mitigate emissions from sectors like industrial processes and heavy-duty transportation and can bolster renewable power by offering long-duration energy storage. Managed by the DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO), the funded projects will address technical challenges to cost reduction and ensure the viability of emerging commercial-scale deployments. These efforts, in conjunction with regional clean hydrogen hubs (H2Hubs) and tax incentives, aim to achieve the DOE's Hydrogen Shot goal of producing clean hydrogen at $1 per kilogram within a decade. The DOE plans to grant multiple financial assistance awards in cooperative agreements, encouraging diverse applicant teams from academia, industry, and national laboratories.