The US Department of Energy has announced up to $31m in funding to advance the H2@Scale concept.

H2@Scale is a concept that explores the potential for wide-scale hydrogen production and utilisation in the US. H2@Scale focuses on affordable and reliable large-scale generation, transport, storage, and utilisation across multiple sectors.

“Hydrogen is an energy carrier that can unite our Nation’s abundant energy resources,” said Rick Perry, US Secretary of Energy.

“This funding opportunity and the H2@Scale initiative will help the department achieve our goals of strengthening energy security, resiliency, and a strong domestic economy,” said Perry. 

Key challenges to the H2@Scale include affordability, reliability, and performance of emerging hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Topics under this funding announcement to advance H2@Scale include:

  • Advanced hydrogen storage and infrastructure R&D, including novel materials or hydrogen carriers for transport and storing hydrogen, and materials for hydrogen infrastructure components (up to $9m). 
  • Innovation concepts for hydrogen production and utilisation, including advanced water splitting materials, affordable domestic hydrogen production technologies, co-production of hydrogen for additional sources of revenue, and reversible fuel cell technologies, (up to $12m).
  • H2@Scale Pilot – integrated production, storage, and fuelling systems, including innovative approaches that successfully integrate and optimise the complete system encompassing hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and use, (up to $10m).

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