DOE Sees Progress in Launching Hydrogen Projects - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  January 12, 2024

DOE Sees Progress in Launching Hydrogen Projects

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that 2023 was a big year for clean hydrogen, as the Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs prepare to begin hydrogen demonstration projects, while other partnerships were created and investments were made in the sector.

According to an announcement, the past 12 months have seen major clean hydrogen milestones achieved through strategy, partnerships, and policy, funding groundbreaking projects, launching new funding opportunities, investing, commercializing, and spurring demand and demonstrating technologies on the way to commercialization:

  • U.S. National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap was released in June;
  • Hydrogen Interagency Task Force (HIT) was launched across 11 agencies and the White House;
  • Clean Hydrogen Production Tax Credit (45V): A notice of public rulemaking (NPRM) was announced along with other hydrogen tax credit guidance;
  • Seven Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs were selected to receive up to $7 billion;
  • $750 million funding opportunity was launched for electrolyzer RD&D and manufacturing and recycling of components and materials for clean hydrogen and fuel cell systems;
  • $59 million funding opportunity was issued to advance the national clean hydrogen strategy, including up to $9 million for community-focused topics;
  • 16 projects were chosen to receive about $48 million to advance clean hydrogen technologies, including fuel cells and hydrogen storage;
  • 22 clean-hydrogen projects were selected to receive $42 million, including more than $8 million for hydrogen sensors;
  • Two projects were selected to receive more than $10 million to expand clean hydrogen production from nuclear energy, through a collaboration between the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) and DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy;
  • A hydrogen compressor project was selected to receive nearly $2 million through a clean manufacturing funding opportunity;
  • Five-fold increase in electrolyzer capacity in the U.S. was achieved between 2022 and 2023;
  • More than 1,300 patents for clean-hydrogen and related technologies were issued through 2023—spurred by funding from HFTO; 
  • Up to $1 billion demand-side initiative was launched by DOE’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations; and
  • Six new applications were submitted to the DOE Loan Programs Office for hydrogen-related projects, totaling $4.9 billion in loan-guarantee requests.

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