The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations announced in October 2023 that it is funding seven Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs (H2Hubs) for $7 billion in an effort to fast-track commercial-scale distribution of low-cost, clean hydrogen. The federal investment will be matched by recipients to leverage nearly $50 billion.
Not only is this an important step toward President Biden’s climate and energy security goals (because hydrogen can be produced with no or near-zero carbon emissions), it also marks one of the largest investments in clean manufacturing and jobs in history.
The Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs are intended to be part of a national network of clean hydrogen producers, consumers and infrastructure that supports the production, storage, delivery and use of clean hydrogen. Together, they are expected to produce 3 million metric tons of hydrogen a year once they’re all operational. That constitutes nearly one-third of the 2030 U.S. production target.
As a flexible energy carrier, clean hydrogen can be produced from a mix of domestic energy resources, including renewables, nuclear and fossil fuels. The ability to develop domestic clean energy with long-duration storage capabilities can increase America’s energy independence.
In the process of generating clean energy, the H2Hubs will lower emissions from hard-to-decarbonize heavy industry and transportation, representing 30% of total U.S. carbon emissions. Funded by President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the H2Hubs will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 25 million metric tons—an amount approximating the annual emissions of 5.5 million gasoline-powered cars.
“We are excited to take part in [the] DOE’s historic investment in scaling the hydrogen economy and providing jobs and cleaner air to communities across the U.S.,” said Paula Gant, president and CEO of GTI Energy, Des Plaines, Ill., which is serving as administrator or partner on three of the seven new H2Hubs: HyVelocity Gulf Coast Hydrogen Hub; the Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub (ARCH2) in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania; and the Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2) Hub in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
The other hubs include: the California Hydrogen Hub; the Heartland Hydrogen Hub in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota; the Mid-Atlantic Hydrogen Hub in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey; and the Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Hub in Washington, Oregon and Montana. These seven hubs will create tens of thousands of new jobs across the country.
“Deploying hydrogen at commercial scale will unlock market potential and opportunities for building out necessary infrastructure needed for a national hydrogen network,” said Kristine Wiley, GTI Energy’s vice president of low carbon energy solutions.
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