The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $750 million for 52 projects across 24 states meant to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen, accelerate breakthroughs in clean hydrogen technology and support DOE’s hydrogen hubs and other large-scale deployments.

Clean hydrogen is seen as essential for decarbonizing difficult-to-abate sectors of the U.S. economy, such as heavy manufacturing, chemical production and transportation. In power generation, hydrogen can be combusted in natural gas-fired engines or turbines.

These projects, funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, are intended to help advance electrolysis technologies and improve manufacturing and recycling capabilities for clean hydrogen systems and components. The projects are expected to enable U.S. manufacturing capacity to produce 14 GW of fuel cells per year, and 10 GW of electrolyzers per year – enough to produce an additional 1.3 million tons of clean hydrogen per year.

Managed by DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO), these projects represent the first phase of implementation of two provisions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which authorizes $1 billion for research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) activities to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen produced via electrolysis and $500 million for research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) of improved processes and technologies for manufacturing and recycling clean hydrogen systems and materials.  

The selected projects will address clean hydrogen technologies in the following areas:    

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