Sourcing Renewables - November 11, 2021
Houston to Host Low-Carbon Hydrogen Accelerator
The City of Houston is launching alongside a team of institutional and energy partners a new accelerator program to advance low-carbon hydrogen production in the pursuit of its large-scale commercialization.
The city is hosting the Low-Carbon Hydrogen Accelerator (LCHA) in partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Shell, Greentown Labs, and the Urban Future Lab (UFL) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The LCHA is now accepting applications from startups working on advancing low-carbon hydrogen production, enhancing hydrogen storage and distribution, or providing business model innovations for the management of hydrogen supply chains.
The six-month program will give participants opportunities in technology validation, feasibility studies, paid pilot demonstrations, and other partnerships. The two tracks offered will focus on either technology validation or demonstration, with expertise provided by Shell’s technology organization and hydrogen business.
“As the Energy Capital of the World, I believe it is our responsibility to continue Houston's legacy of energy innovation and develop the technologies and practices needed to decarbonize the global energy sector,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement. “Houston has the skilled workforce and infrastructure to develop clean hydrogen at scale and Greentown Labs' Low-Carbon Hydrogen Accelerator is a great example of the kind of partnerships we need to make it happen.”