The US Energy Department (DOE) has allocated $750 million for research, development and demonstration efforts to lower the cost of green hydrogen. One of the areas of interest is onboard storage systems for liquid hydrogen to enable low-cost, energy-dense storage on medium- and heavy-duty on-road trucks using fuel cells.
Also, hydrogen is still considered a viable, in some cases advantageous, technology for long-haul trucks, as it enables longer ranges and cuts fuelling times. The problem is the vast amount of clean hydrogen that would need to be produced.
Specifically, the money is to be spent on increasing the efficiency and durability of clean hydrogen production using electrolyzers while cutting costs to less than $2/kg by 2026, to advance new manufacturing technologies and techniques, and create new approaches to reuse and recycling of clean hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
It is the first phase of the $1.5 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law announced by US President Joe Biden, committed to developing electrolysis technologies and improving manufacturing and recycling capabilities. The funding “is a crucial component of the Administration’s comprehensive approach to accelerating the widespread use of clean hydrogen and will play a vital role in achieving commercial-scale hydrogen deployment this decade,” a statement from the DOE reads.
The Biden administration has ambitious goals, aiming for a 100% clean electrical grid by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Theand Technology Office will manage the funded projects.