The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected 12 projects to receive approximately $16.5 million in federal funding for cost-shared cooperative agreements to help recalibrate the nation’s vast fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production. The selected projects will develop technologies for the production, transport, storage and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress toward net-zero carbon emissions.
Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize advanced and novel technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen. This will enable the U.S. to continue to extract the maximum economic value from fossil fuel energy resources. When coupled with carbon capture and storage capabilities, low-cost hydrogen sourced from fossil energy feedstocks and processes will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of these processes and enable progress toward hydrogen production with net-zero carbon emissions.
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects, which fall under four areas of interest (AOIs):
AOI 5: Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) Technology Development for Hydrogen Production
AOI 7A: Advanced CCUS Systems from Steam Methane Reforming Plants
AOI 7B: Advanced CCUS Systems from Autothermal Methane Reforming Plants
AOI 9C: Hydrogen Combustion Systems for Gas Turbines – Industrial Class
The Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management funds research and development projects to reduce the risk and cost of advanced fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of the Nation’s fossil resources. To learn more about the programs within the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, visit the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management website or sign up for FECM news announcements. More information about the National Energy Technology Laboratory is available on the NETL website.