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U.S. National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap

Jun 5, 2023

The "U.S. National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap" is a collaborative effort involving various agencies, experts, and stakeholders. It aims to present a comprehensive plan for clean hydrogen production, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States, supporting national decarbonization goals over the next 30 years.

The U.S. National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap is a comprehensive plan to facilitate the widespread production, processing, delivery, storage, and use of clean hydrogen. The strategy is informed by extensive industry and stakeholder feedback, including workshops, listening sessions, and written comments from over 50 organizations. The roadmap is a living strategy that will be updated as hydrogen technologies improve and costs fall.

The roadmap is based on three key strategies:

  • Target strategic, high-impact uses for clean hydrogen: This strategy aims to ensure that clean hydrogen is utilized in the highest value applications, where there are fewer cost-competitive or technically feasible alternatives for decarbonization. Specific markets include the industrial sector (e.g., chemicals, steel, and refining), heavy-duty transportation, and long-duration energy storage to enable a clean grid.

  • Reduce the cost of clean hydrogen: The Hydrogen Energy Earthshot (Hydrogen Shot) launched in 2021 will catalyze both innovation and scale, stimulating private sector investments, spurring development across the hydrogen supply chain, and dramatically reducing the cost of clean hydrogen. Efforts will also address critical material and supply chain vulnerabilities and design for efficiency, durability, and recyclability.

  • Focus on regional networks: Investing in and scaling Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs will enable large-scale clean hydrogen production close to high priority hydrogen users, allowing the sharing of a critical mass of infrastructure. These investments will drive scale in production, distribution, and storage to facilitate market liftoff. Properly implemented, these regional networks will create place-based opportunities for equity, inclusion, and sustainability.

The Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs are a significant part of the roadmap. These hubs represent the largest federally funded deployments of clean hydrogen technologies in the United States. As awarded hubs progress through NEPA review, DOE will assimilate lessons learned that can expedite the review process for future deployments. The hubs will create networks of hydrogen producers, consumers, and shared local connective infrastructure. They will advance the production, processing, delivery, storage, and end-use of clean hydrogen, enabling sustainable and equitable regional benefits as well as market uptake. Full applications for the Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs funding announcement were due April 7th, 2023, and the selection notifications are expected in Fall 2023 (Pages 9, 27, 50, 51).

The roadmap also outlines the legislative language set forth in Section 40314 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Public Law 117-58), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which amends Title VIII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT-2005) by adding Section 814 - National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap.

The roadmap is meant to be a living strategy that provides a snapshot of hydrogen production, transport, storage, and use in the United States today, as well as an assessment of the opportunity for hydrogen to contribute to national decarbonization goals across sectors over the next 30 years. The report will continue to be updated with collaboration across government through interagency coordination (Pages 3-6).

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