US awards $25m for research into clean hydrogen tech for power generation

The projects aim to make hydrogen ‘a more available and effective fuel’ for power production, improving the performance, reliability and flexibility of existing and new hydrogen technologies

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Six research and development projects in the US have been granted a total of $24.9 million (£19.8m) to support the advancement of clean hydrogen for electricity generation.

The projects aim to make hydrogen “a more available and effective fuel” for power production, improving the performance, reliability and flexibility of existing and new hydrogen technologies.

The Department of Energy (DOE) will partner with private companies to research advanced technology solutions, including improving carbon capture associated with hydrogen production from carbon-based resources and technologies to more efficiently use hydrogen in gas turbines.

Hydrogen can be produced through a variety of low carbon pathways, including domestic resources like natural gas and waste coal, coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS), biomass and renewable energy sources like solar and wind.

Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said: “Across the Department, we’re working to make clean energy sources — like hydrogen — more affordable and accessible to help decarbonise America’s electrical grid and directly combatting climate change.

“The public-private partnerships announced today are paving the way for more domestic clean hydrogen production and use to support the President’s plans to combat climate change, accelerate clean energy use and create good-paying clean energy jobs for Americans.”