DOE aims to decarbonize heavy industry with $8B hydrogen hub project

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The Department of Energy outlined its high-level vision for the creation of a series of “hydrogen hubs,” which will receive a total of $8 billion over five years through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, in a Notice of Intent, or NOI, released Monday.

Jobs, equity and technological diversity will be the focus of the hydrogen hub initiative, according to the NOI, which encourages prospective applications to reach out to disadvantaged communities and find ways to differentiate themselves.

Advocates and analysts were generally encouraged by the notice’s focus on using hydrogen to decarbonize hard-to-abate industrial sectors, but expressed ongoing concern that hydrogen from fossil fuels and other “misguided projects” could distract from long-term climate goals.

DOE announces nearly $25 million to study advanced clean hydrogen technologies for electricity generation

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $24.9 million in funding for six research and development projects to support the advancement of clean hydrogen for electricity generation. DOE will partner with private companies to research advanced technology solutions that could make hydrogen a more available and effective fuel for electricity generation.  This includes improving capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) associated with hydrogen production from carbon-based resources and technologies to more efficiently use hydrogen in gas turbines for electricity generation. The six industry-sponsored projects will fast-track the development of technologies that will improve the performance, reliability, and flexibility of existing and new hydrogen technologies. Electricity generated from clean hydrogen will help in reaching President Biden’s goal of having a zero-carbon American power sector by 2035.

“Across the Department, we’re working to make clean energy sources — like hydrogen — more affordable and accessible to help decarbonize America’s electrical grid and directly combatting climate change,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “The public-private partnerships announced today are paving the way for more domestic clean hydrogen production and use to support the President’s plans to combat climate change, accelerate clean energy use, and create good-paying clean energy jobs for Americans.”

Hydrogen is a clean fuel that — when combined with oxygen in a fuel cell — produces electricity with water and heat as by-products. Hydrogen can be produced through a variety of low-carbon pathways, including domestic resources like natural gas and waste coal, coupled with carbon capture and storage; biomass; and renewable energy sources like solar and wind. These qualities make it an attractive fuel option for electricity generation and industrial applications, such as in buildings and manufacturing.

DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) under the purview of the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) will manage the selected projects:

  • 8 Rivers Capital, LLC (Durham, NC) will complete an engineering design study for a new hydrogen production plant that produces 99.97%-pure hydrogen and captures 90–99% of CO2 emissions, which will be transported and stored at Painter Reservoir Gas Complex in Evanston, Wyoming. (Award Amount: $1,412,863)
  • Gas Technology Institute (Des Plaines, IL) will study the use of ammonia-hydrogen fuel mixtures in gas turbines to potentially strengthen the use of ammonia as a clean low-carbon fuel for electricity generation. (Award Amount: $3,000,000)
  • General Electric Company (Greenville, SC) will develop and test gas turbine components with natural gas-hydrogen fuel mixtures up to 100% hydrogen, to study and address combustion challenges associated with burning highly reactive hydrogen fuels. (Award Amount: $5,986,440)
  • General Electric, GE Research (Niskayuna, NY) will study the operation of hydrogen-fueled turbine components, which could substantially improve gas turbine efficiency for both simple- and combined-cycle power generation applications. (Award Amount: $6,999,923) 
  • Raytheon Technologies Research Center (East Hartford, CT) will develop and test the effectiveness of natural gas turbine engine components in high-temperature rigs using natural gas-hydrogen fuel mixtures with increasing hydrogen content. (Award Amount: $4,499,999)
  • Raytheon Technologies Research Center (East Hartford, CT) will study, develop, and test an ammonia-fired gas turbine combustor that generates low nitrous oxide emissions, with robust operability and stability for greater than 99.99% efficiency. (Award Amount: $2,999,219) 

A detailed list of the selected projects can be found here.

The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is providing $8 billion for clean hydrogen demonstration and research hubs. Leveraging FECM’s past project investments — including more than $50 million in 31 projects since January 2021 to explore new, clean methods to produce hydrogen and to improve the efficiency of hydrogen-fueled turbines — will establish a solid foundation for critical next-generation demonstrations that will allow us to more swiftly deliver clean, low-cost power to all Americans.

FECM funds research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects to decarbonize power generation and industrial production to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and to mitigate the environmental impacts of fossil fuel production and use. Priority areas of technology work include point-source carbon capture, carbon dioxide conversion, carbon dioxide removal, reliable carbon storage and transport, hydrogen with carbon management, methane emissions reduction, and critical minerals production. To learn more, visit the FECM websitesign up for FECM news announcements and visit the NETL website

DOE eyes hydrogen, thermal storage to shrink carbon footprint of fossil fuel plants

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management is investing $2.4 million in three projects that are exploring the potential of energy storage technologies to shrink the carbon footprint of existing fossil fuel plants.

The technologies — including high-temperature thermal energy storage and hydrogen storage — could help bolster grid reliability and affordability, while also potentially supporting the Biden administration’s goal to decarbonize the electric grid by 2035, according to DOE.

As the grid is increasingly powered by non-emitting resources, storage will play a role in matching variable generation with load, Haresh Kamath, the Electric Power Research Institute’s program manager for energy storage, said. “This [effort] puts it in place in locations already connected up to the grid” and creates a pathway for these assets to be transitioned from fossil fuels to storage, he added.

Green hydrogen platform Hy2gen raises over $200 million to build out clean fuel capacity

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Green hydrogen investment platform, Hy2gen AG, recently announced that it has raised €200 million in an investment round aimed at funding the construction of several facilities to produce green hydrogen-based fuels, or e-fuels, for maritime and ground transport, aviation, and industrial applications. The investment was led by clean hydrogen infrastructure platform Hy24, along with investors Mirova and CDPQ and strategic investor energy transition focused engineering and technology company Technip Energies.

60GW green hydrogen hub planned for Texas

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US developer Green Hydrogen International (GHI) plans to create a green hydrogen hub in Texas that will be powered by 60GW of solar and wind energy and produce over 2.5 billion kilograms of green hydrogen per year.

New screening system may point the way to clean, renewable hydrogen power

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A new, highly sensitive system for detecting the production of hydrogen gas may play an important role in the quest to develop hydrogen as an environmentally friendly and economical alternative to fossil fuels.

Quorn to explore decarbonised production at Billingham plant

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Meat alternatives producer Quorn has collaborated with green hydrogen provider Protium and its consortium partner Petrofac to explore the deployment of green hydrogen technology at its Belasis plant.

A ‘fairly simple’ breakthrough makes accessing stored hydrogen more efficient

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A new catalyst extracts hydrogen from hydrogen storage materials easily and efficiently. The process occurs at mild temperatures and under normal atmospheric conditions, without using metals or additives.

Hydrogen rainbow may dazzle, but journalists should eye it warily

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Hydrogen energy will probably not solve the climate crisis. But we are hearing a lot of hype about its energy these days, so environmental journalists would be wise to learn more.

Biden administration launches industrial decarbonization initiative, targets $9.5B for clean hydrogen

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Using funds from last year’s infrastructure law, the Biden administration on Tuesday launched initiatives aimed at cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the industrial sector, which accounts for nearly a quarter of all U.S. GHG emissions.

As part of the effort, the Energy Department is preparing to disburse $9.5 billion for three “clean” hydrogen programs, with $8 billion slated to go towards creating at least four regional hubs where hydrogen would be made.

The administration is creating a “Buy Clean” task force to steer part of the federal government’s $650 billion in annual spending towards materials like steel, aluminum and concrete that are made using low-carbon processes.