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US government pledges $60m to decarbonisation

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Meenal Datar

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The United States’ Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $40 million (€40.1m) in funding to advance the development and deployment of clean hydrogen technologies. The move represents a significant stride towards President Biden’s goals of creating a net zero carbon economy by 2050.

The aim is to advance the DOE’s Hydrogen Shot goal of reducing the cost of clean hydrogen to $1 per kg in a single decade (the 111 goal). That’s while supporting the H2@Scale Initiative, which aims to advance the affordable production, transport, storage, and utilisation of clean hydrogen to enable decarbonisation and revenue opportunities across multiple sectors.

‘DOE is laser focused on building a future with cleaner manufacturing, transportation, and electricity — all of which can be achieved with clean hydrogen technology,’ says US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.

Potential projects benefitting from this fund could involve developing technologies to improve hydrogen-emissions detection and monitoring, demonstrate higher-density and lower-pressure hydrogen storage technologies, and lower the costs and enhance the durability of hydrogen fuel cells for medium- and heavy-duty transportation applications.

A further $20m will be used to launch a university research consortium dedicated to help communities implement grid resilience programs and achieve decarbonisation goals.

The application process for both the clean hydrogen FOA and university consortium funding will include two phases: a concept paper and a full application. Concept papers are due on 23rd September 2022, and full applications on 1st December 2022.

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