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DOE to assign $160M to fossil-based hydrogen projects


The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy will allocate $160 million to projects to improve fossil-based hydrogen production, transport, storage and utilization.

DOE to assign $160M to fossil-based hydrogen production projects
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The US will authorize finances for advanced technologies for improvement of performance reliability and flexibility of methods to produce hydrogen.

This is to help recalibrate the vast fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production in the US. According to cost data in a recent DOE/FE Hydrogen Strategy Document, Fossil fuels are the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen. Low-cost hydrogen sourced from fossil energy feedstocks and processes is expected to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the processes and enable progress toward hydrogen production with net-zero carbon emissions.

Applicants to funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DE-FOA-0002400, Fossil Energy Based Production, Storage, Transport and Utilization of Hydrogen Approaching Net-Zero or Net-Negative Carbon Emissions, aims to make advancements in the following program areas:

  • Net-Zero or negative carbon hydrogen production from modular gasification and co-gasification of mixed wastes, biomass, and traditional feedstocks
  • Solid oxide electrolysis cell technology (SOEC) development.
  • Carbon Capture
  • Advanced Turbines
  • Natural Gas-Based Hydrogen Production
  • Hydrogen Pipeline Infrastructure
  • Subsurface Hydrogen Storage

Projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory.