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With the goal of accelerating hydrogen projects, the US Department of Energy (DOE) will award $ 52.5 million for next-generation clean hydrogen technologies. This figure will serve to finance 31 projects, according to data published by Offshore Energy on July 8, 2021. The projects will focus on closing technical gaps in technologies for the production, storage, distribution and use of hydrogen, including fuel cells. .
The projects are part of DOE’s Hydrogen Energy Earthshot initiative, which aims to lower costs and accelerate advancements in the next-generation clean hydrogen technologies.
The financing includes an item of $ 36 million from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), and another of $ 16.5 million from the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM).
The next-generation clean hydrogen technologies throw initiatives supported by EERE include 19 projects related to:
- Electrolysis, a process to produce hydrogen using electricity and water, with improved manufacturing methods and simplified assembly to reduce costs.
- Clean hydrogen production, including biological and electrochemical approaches.
- Fuel cell subsystems and components that are more efficient, durable and designed for heavy duty applications.
- Components for the national hydrogen supply chain and refueling technologies.
- Analysis to evaluate the cost and performance of fuel cell systems, hydrogen production pathways and hydrogen storage technologies.
For its part, the initiatives supported by FECM include 12 projects on the following topics:
- Mechanisms and pathways of degradation in high temperature reversible solid oxide cell (SOC) materials that help evaluate cost, performance and durability metrics.
- Performance, reliability and durability for hydrogen production using reversible solid oxide cell (R-SOC) systems.
- Cost reductions through improvements in materials, manufacturing and microstructure improvements in R-SOC technologies for hydrogen production.
- Initial engineering design of an advanced commercial-scale carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) system for steam methane reforming plants.
- Initial engineering design of an advanced commercial-scale CCUS system from autothermal methane reforming plants.
- Development of a gas turbine combustion system for 100 percent hydrogen and hydrogen-natural gas mixtures.
“Part of our path to a net-zero-carbon future means investing in innovation to make clean energy sources like hydrogen more affordable and widely adopted so that we can meet our goal of net-zero-carbon emissions by 2050. These projects will serve as a step closer to unlocking the scientific breakthroughs necessary to create a strong national supply chain and high-paying jobs in the emerging clean hydrogen industry, ”said Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm.
For her part, US Representative Marcy Kaptur added: “Next-generation hydrogen projects, including fuel cells, will be critical to addressing the climate crisis and developing new industries here at home.”
“Clean hydrogen is a low-emission, flexible fuel with countless applications in all sectors of our economy. It will be vital to achieving clean energy goals, especially in some of the most difficult to clean sectors of the US economy, ”said US Representative Paul D. Tonko.
… And $ 160 million for fossil hydrogen projects
The Office of Fossil Energy of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) announced last January the allocation of $ 160 million to projects to improve the production, transportation, storage and utilization of fossil hydrogen. The objective of this initiative is to finance advanced technologies to improve the reliability of the performance and the flexibility of the methods to produce hydrogen.
This measure is aimed at helping recalibrate the vast energy and fossil fuel infrastructure for the production of decarbonized energy and commodities in the country. According to cost data in a recent DOE / FE hydrogen strategy paper, fossil fuels are the least cost way to produce hydrogen. Low-cost hydrogen derived from fossil energy feedstocks and processes is expected to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of processes and enable progress towards net-zero carbon hydrogen production.
Applicants to this funding program (FOA), DE-FOA-0002400, fall within the production, storage, transportation and utilization based on hydrogen fossil energy that approach net zero or net negative carbon emissions, and has aiming to make progress in the following areas of the program:
- Production of hydrogen with net zero or negative carbon from modular gasification and co-gasification of mixed waste, biomass and traditional raw materials.
- Development of solid oxide electrolysis cell technology (SOEC).
- Carbon capture
- Advanced turbines
- Hydrogen production from natural gas
- Hydrogen oil pipeline infrastructure
- Underground hydrogen storage
The projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory.
“Port of Los Angeles shore to shore demonstration project”
The largest hydrogen project in the United States is the “Port of Los Angeles shore- to-shore demonstration project ” estimated at 70 million dollars and led by the Port of Los Angeles. This
project estimated in 70 M USD provides a larg-scale “shore-to-shore” plan and a hydrogen fuel -cell-electric technology framework for freight facilities to structure operations for future goods movement.
With the political sponsorship of Government agency California Air Resources, that gives 41 million USDThe end uses is the mobility and the finalisation is projected by 2023
Iberdrola prepares its first 5 Hydrogen projects in the US
For its part, the Spanish electricity company, through its subsidiary Avangrid, has presented to the United States Department of Energy five hydrogen projects for Connecticut, New York, Maine, Oregon and the Gulf Coast. According to information published by El Economista, the company currently has installation plans in Spain, the United Kingdom and Brazil.
The Spanish power company proposes the construction of an electrolyzer and a 20 MW hydrogen storage facility in Connecticut. In turn, in New York, the company collaborates with the Regional Transit Service (RTS) to evaluate the opportunities to build a multi-use hydrogen production and distribution facility, which could support transportation uses to meet the objectives of the zero emission fleet. In Maine, the company has begun exploring how to help advance green hydrogen consumption in existing manufacturing processes, to enhance renewable natural gas production, and in aviation and trucking applications. And, on the Gulf Coast, Avangrid Renewables is working to develop green hydrogen and ammonia. Finally, in Oregon, Iberdrola proposes the location of the next generation clean hydrogen production (green hydrogen) at the Klamath cogeneration plant.
Industrial hydrogen combustion technologies applied by E&M Combustion
E&M Combustion is an engineering company working for the development of specific solutions for Industrial Combustion processes. It develops Burner Technologies with low polluting emissions that allow, at the same time, significant energy savings. In the field of hydrogen, the company designs, manufactures and starts up hydrogen burners and multi-fuel projects, as well as modular solutions for sustainable fuels.
Among the combustion improvement or fuel switch projects it addresses, the company makes the switch to easy-change poly-fuel systems and incorporates hydrogen into natural gas combustion systems.