U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced its intention to invest up to $100 million over five years.
The funding will support two new DOE National Laboratory-led consortia dedicated to advancing research and development (R&D) in the realm of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. This substantial investment, subject to appropriations, underscores the Trump Administration’s commitment to diverse clean energy solutions.
The primary goals of these consortia are centered around achieving large-scale, affordable electrolyzers and accelerating the development of fuel cells for heavy-duty vehicle applications, particularly long-haul trucks. The former aims to enhance the durability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of electrolyzers, which play a crucial role in hydrogen production. The latter focuses on proving the viability of fully competitive heavy-duty fuel cell trucks, meeting the stringent requirements of the trucking industry in terms of durability, cost, and performance.
Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes emphasizes the potential of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to bolster resiliency, energy security, and economic growth across various sectors. The initiatives align with the DOE’s H2@Scale vision, aiming for large-scale, affordable hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and utilization across diverse applications, including energy storage and metals manufacturing.
While acknowledging the significant progress in fuel cell technologies, electrolyzers, and fundamental materials, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Daniel R Simmons, points out that hydrogen infrastructure remains a critical barrier. The consortia will unite National Labs, industry, and academia to overcome this barrier, focusing on improving the cost, durability, and distribution of hydrogen technologies.
Hydrogen Program PlanSimultaneously, the DOE released its Hydrogen Program Plan, outlining a strategic framework for the Department’s hydrogen research, development, and demonstration activities. The coordinated effort involves multiple DOE offices and underscores hydrogen’s potential as an integrated fuel source. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette expresses excitement about DOE-wide efforts and collaborations outlined in the plan, emphasizing the need to lower costs and increase hydrogen supply and demand for the nation’s energy future.