DOE announces $60 million to advance clean hydrogen technologies and decarbonize the grid
WASHINGTON DC- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $40 million in funding to advance the development and deployment of clean hydrogen technologies. To further decarbonize the grid, the DOE is also launching a $20 million academic research consortium to help states and tribal communities successfully implement grid resilience programs and meet decarbonization goals. By reducing the costs of clean hydrogen and leveraging industry investments in clean technologies, the DOE is making significant progress toward President Biden’s goal of a zero-carbon economy by 2050 which gives priority to historically disadvantaged communities.
“The DOE is focused on building a future with cleaner manufacturing, transportation and electricity – all of which can be achieved with clean hydrogen technology,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “These investments will advance cutting-edge technologies and enable state, territory and tribal leaders to make the best informed decisions about improving and decarbonizing the electricity grid.”
This funding opportunity will advance the DOE hydrogen shot goal of reducing the cost of clean hydrogen to $1 per kilogram within 1 decade (“1 1 1”), while supporting the DOE [email protected] approach, which aims to advance the affordable production, transportation, storage and use of clean hydrogen to enable decarbonization and revenue opportunities across multiple sectors. Thematic areas include projects that will develop technologies for solar fuels created by harvesting sunlight, improve detection and monitoring of hydrogen emissions, demonstrate high-density, low-pressure hydrogen storage technologies, and will reduce the costs and improve the durability of hydrogen fuel cells for medium- and heavy-duty transport applications.
The DOE is considering several financial aids in the form of cooperative agreements, the period of execution being approximately two to four years. The DOE encourages applicant teams that include stakeholders from academia, industry, and national laboratories across multiple technical disciplines. Teams are also encouraged to include representatives from various entities such as institutions serving minorities or through links with Opportunity areas.
The Hydrogen Shot and University Research Consortium Grid Resilience FOA will also provide three-year funding to a diverse regional university consortium focused on developing a decarbonized and more resilient power system in coordination with universities in Mexico and Canada. . This North American consortium will be key to resolving cross-border grid dependencies and power interconnections across the region.
The Clean Hydrogen FOA and University Consortium funding application process will consist of two phases: a Concept Paper and a Full Application. Concept papers are due September 23, 2022 and full applications are due December 1, 2022.
For more information, read the full FOA on the EERE Program Information Center (EPIC).