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DOE Announces Nearly $60 Million to Advance Clean Hydrogen Technologies and Improve the Electric Power Grid

May 22, 2023

Funding Will Reduce the Cost of Clean Hydrogen, Deliver Cleaner Air, More High-Quality Jobs, and Reduce Reliance on Fossil Fuels

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled a significant investment of nearly $42 million to support 22 projects across 14 states, all dedicated to advancing technologies related to the production, storage, and deployment of clean hydrogen. This initiative is complemented by an additional $17.8 million to establish a North American university research consortium. This consortium, led by Stanford University and inclusive of institutions from Mexico and Canada, is designed to aid states and tribal communities in enhancing grid resilience and meeting their decarbonization objectives. These financial commitments are pivotal components of President Biden’s ambitious agenda, which targets a 100% clean electrical grid by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

U.S. Secretary of Energy, Jennifer M. Granholm, highlighted the transformative potential of these investments, especially in sectors like heavy transportation and industry that have traditionally been challenging to decarbonize. Clean hydrogen, when produced with minimal or zero carbon emissions, offers a versatile energy solution that can tap into a variety of clean energy resources, including renewables, nuclear, and fossil resources with carbon capture. This not only strengthens American energy independence but also propels the nation's job market forward. The 22 projects, in particular, will delve into areas such as solar fuels, innovative hydrogen storage techniques, cost-effective hydrogen fuel cells for transportation, and advanced hydrogen-emissions detection. Managed by the DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, these projects are aligned with the broader "1-1-1" Hydrogen Shot goal and the H2@Scale initiative, both of which envision a future where hydrogen plays a central role in the U.S. energy landscape.

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