In support of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $47.7 MM in funding for 16 research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects across 13 states to advance clean H2 technologies. The selected projects aim to lower technology costs, enhance H2 infrastructure and improve the performance of H2 fuel cells—supporting DOE’s efforts to reduce costs and enable commercial-scale deployment of clean H2, which is a versatile energy resource that can be produced with zero or near-zero emissions.
Together with the Regional Clean H2 Hubs, tax incentives in the President’s historic Inflation Reduction Act, and ongoing RD&D in DOE’s H2 Program, these investments will help DOE realize its H2 Shot goal of reducing the cost of clean H2 to $1/kg within a decade. Accelerating the development of clean H2 and enabling its widespread commercial adoption is critical to creating good-paying jobs and new economic opportunities in communities across the nation while also supporting the Biden-Harris Administration’s ambitious climate and decarbonization goals.
“Making next-generation climate technologies cost-competitive is key to realizing President Biden’s vision of a strong clean energy economy rooted in equity and opportunity,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “Today’s announcement will help accelerate DOE’s efforts to advance clean H2, providing the nation another exciting tool to clean up some of our most energy-intensive sectors while revitalizing American manufacturing for decades to come.”
Clean H2 is critical to reducing emissions in some of the hardest-to-decarbonize sectors of the American economy. These sectors include key economic engines that are essential to our economy and quality of life, such as heavy-duty transportation and industrial and chemical processes like steelmaking and fertilizer production. Cutting emissions in these sectors will be especially beneficial for disadvantaged communities that have suffered disproportionately from environmental pollution in the past. Although H2 technologies have come a long way over the last several years, costs and other challenges to at-scale adoption need to be addressed for clean H2 to realize its full potential.
Managed by DOE’s H2 and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO), these projects will complement ongoing efforts to reduce the cost of producing clean H2 by focusing on several key areas in the clean H2 value chain, including H2 delivery and storage technologies, as well as affordable and durable fuel cells. Fuel cell RD&D projects will focus particularly on applications for heavy-duty trucks to reduce CO2 emissions and eliminate tailpipe emissions that are harmful to local air quality.
Selected projects include: