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Hydrogen newsletter 5 -12 February 

Statements of companies and regulators with links of primary sources about real projects 

World’s 1st Rubber Tired Gantry Crane Converted to Hydrogen Engine,

Kobe-Osaka International Port Corporation announced that it is commissioned a Demonstration Project for Advanced Cargo Handling Machinery at the Hanshin Port” from The Kinki Regional Development Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. It will demonstrate the operation of hydrogen-fueled cargo handling machinery, which is the first in the world to convert a rubber tired gantry (RTG) crane’s diesel engine generator to a hydrogen engine generator, at Kobe International Container Terminal (KICT), operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL.

Kobe-Osaka International Port will work to ensure the smooth, safe introduction of hydrogen energy, with on-site demonstrations of decarbonized port operations, in conjunction with Shosen Koun Co., Ltd., which owns RTGs as the operator of KICT; Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of RTGs; iLabo Co., Ltd. , a hydrogen engine manufacturer; Iwatani Corporation, which is responsible for hydrogen supply, transport, and fueling; and Universal Energy Laboratory Corporation , a consulting company.

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Uniper announced plans to develop salt caverns in north-west Germany for large volume hydrogen storage

“Hydrogen is expected to play a key role in the energy transition, but in order to ensure reliable supply to the market, new storage is urgently needed. At Uniper we are investing in meeting that need, and announce plans to develop salt caverns in north-west Germany for large volume hydrogen storage”, the company said. 

The facilities will have an envisaged capacity of 250-600 GWh by 2030.

The project will both investigate the possibility of converting existing underground facilities, as well as developing new facilities along the planned hydrogen core network. 

With a total of more than 80 TWh of underground gas storage capacity for natural gas in Germany, Austria and the UK, Uniper is one of the largest energy storage operators in Europe.

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On the occasion of the Hyvolution Summit 2024 trade show, GTT, TotalEnergies, LMG Marin and Bureau Veritas announced the success of their Joint Development Project (JDP), which resulted in two Approvals in Principle (AIP) from Bureau Veritas, the BV announced.

The first approval concerns the design of a cryogenic membrane containment system for liquefied hydrogen (LH2) developed by GTT. The second is for the preliminary design of a 150,000 m3 Large-Scale LH2 Carrier equipped with the GTT containment system.

These approvals are part of the JDP announced in April1 2023, paving the way for the maritime transport of hydrogen. The ability to transport very large volumes of hydrogen in liquefied form, at -253°C, is one of the technological challenges to be met to establish a reliable, efficient and competitive hydrogen supply chain and, therefore, to enable an energy transition towards a carbon-free future.

Faced with these challenges, TotalEnergies, GTT, LMG Marin and Bureau Veritas have joined forces to develop an innovative large-scale LH2 carrier concept. This collaboration testifies to the exceptional synergy between key players in French industry to meet the challenges of hydrogen shipping on a global scale. Each member has contributed specific expertise and know-how, demonstrating a collective commitment to finding solutions to the climate challenge:

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Enapter achieved positive EBITDA for the first time 

At Enapter, we achieved positive EBITDA for the first time in the  company’s history and saw a very positive trend in revenue growth according to the preliminary figures for 2023, the company released.

𝗞𝗲𝘆 𝗳𝗶𝗴𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯:

• Revenue: EUR 31.5 million (up 114% from EUR 14.7 million in the previous year)

• EBITDA: EUR 0.4 million (compared to previous year’s EUR -10.58 million)

• Net loss: EUR -7.1 million (compared to previous year’s EUR -12.98 million)

𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘄𝘁𝗵 & 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸:

• Order backlog: EUR 26 million (EUR 14 million in the 2024 financial year)

• Customer inquiries: EUR 1.6 billion in 2023

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TECNALIA is collaborating on developing a high-speed hydrogen train

 TECNALIA, the largest center of applied research and technological development in Spain, is working in collaboration with Talgo, Golendus, Ingeteam, Optimus3D, Repsol, Sener, Comillas Pontifical University and Adif to bring hydrogen propulsion to high-speed trains, the company announced.

The HYMPULSO initiative is aimed at designing and building a renewable hydrogen fuel cell-based propulsion system for high-speed trains. Led by Talgo, the consortium aims to electrify the rail network with energy generated entirely from renewable sources, even on routes without overhead lines. TECNALIA will carry out safety assessments, leak analysis and CFD simulations of hydrogen dispersion, as well as ATEX classification for the new hydrogen  train.

The goal is to develop, manufacture and test the dual-hybrid hydrogen-battery drive on a Talgo 250 train branch line, intended for long-distance operations on mixed sections: partially electrified and non-electrified. These trains have two power cars (CET by its Spanish acronym) each, which are currently used to generate electricity to power the drive units. They currently use diesel on the sections without overhead lines.

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MTU Aero Engines has announced the launch of the Hydrogen-Electric Zero Emission Propulsion System programme

A new venture is taking off: The new Clean Aviation technology program, HEROPS (Hydrogen-Electric Zero Emission Propulsion System), was launched in mid-January, the MTU Aero Engines announced on 7 February. Some 30 representatives of the participating partners in the fields of industry, research, and science came to Munich for the kickoff event at MTU Aero Engines.

Building on MTU’s Flying Fuel Cell™ (FFC), the goal is to develop technologies for a climate-neutral, hydrogen-powered electric powertrain that will put regional airplanes in the air starting in 2035. The HEROPS project officially began last September, when the Governing Board of Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking (CAJU) chose eight additional research projects during its second Clean Aviation Call.

During the project’s three-year period, the partners, led by MTU, plan to build a HEROPS Ground Demonstrator with 1.2 megawatts of power. They also want to prove the feasibility of the new, groundbreaking technologies and show that they are highly scalable, reaching between two and four megawatts of power using modular engine architecture.

The HEROPS industry partners are MT Aerospace, RTX’s Collins Aerospace, Lufthansa Technik and Eaton; the research partners are Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) and the Technical University Vienna.   

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Linde Engineering and Daimler Truck opened the world’s first public sLH₂ refueling station in Germany

Together with Daimler Truck AG, we opened the world’s first public Subcooled Liquid Hydrogen (sLH₂) refueling station in Wörth/Rhein, Germany, the Linde Engineering announced.

sLH₂ is just as easy for drivers to use as diesel fuel: Connect the tank nozzle and in 10 to 15 minutes the vehicle is ready for the next 1,000 km. The good news for filling station operators: Compared to existing hydrogen filling stations, the costs for purchase and operation are considerably lower. From a technical point of view, the system is much simpler, and only 5% of the energy previously required is needed to handle the hydrogen.

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German GP JOULE delivered two electrolysers to H2 production site in Bremerhaven

Two electrolysers were delivered to our construction site in the Speckenbüttel industrial complex in Bremerhaven, the company announced. This means that the last large components for the H2 production site of Hy.City.Bremerhaven have now arrived.  

Green hydrogen will soon be produced here, which can be refuelled at the “Zur Hexenbrücke” hydrogen filling station in test operation as early as spring. The first permanent customer for the sustainable fuel is BremerhavenBus, which will provide clean public transport in the city with 10 hydrogen buses.  

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Canadian NGen to Fund the Project of Advanced Tool Manufacturing for Critical Hydrogen Fuel Cell Components 

NGen has announced over $32.3 million in Global Innovation Cluster funding for 15 new advanced manufacturing projects. 

The announcement was made during NGen’s inaugural N3 Summit, a new showcase and strategy event to promote Canadian leadership in advanced manufacturing.

Among the projects selected for funding is a project called “Advanced Tool Manufacturing for Critical Hydrogen Fuel Cell Components in Canada”. The applicants are Precision Resource Canada Ltd. (Cambridge, ON) and Miltera Machining Research Corp. (Cambridge, ON).

NGen is the industry-led not-for-profit organization that leads Canada’s Global Innovation Cluster for Advanced Manufacturing. Its mandate is to help build world-leading advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada for the benefit of Canadians.

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Green Hydrogen Systems signs order for 8.1 MW electrolyser capacity

Green Hydrogen Systems A/S announced an order covering 9 units of the HyProvide® A-series electrolyser for a total capacity of 8.1MW. The units are scheduled for delivery in 2024 and 2025.

The electrolyser order is signed with one of the company’s existing customers in the UK, specialising in renewable off-grid energy generation.

“We are excited to announce this new order. It reaffirms the competitive position of our standardised, modular, pressurised alkaline electrolysers,” says Green Hydrogen Systems’ CCO, Søren Rydbirk.

Green Hydrogen Systems will be responsible for delivering the electrolyser units as well as on-site maintenance, remote monitoring and operational support as part of a multi-year service agreement.

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DHL Group deploying hydrogen trucks in Germany 

 DHL Freight deployed a hydrogen truck by special-purpose commercial vehicle maker Paul Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH, the DHL announced.The Paul Hydrogen Power-Truck, a vehicle based on the Mercedes-Benz Atego, will be used during the one-year pilot for distribution and line hauls at the Cologne location. This is already the second hydrogen truck for DHL Group in Germany. Another vehicle is operating for the Post & Parcel Germany division at the Cologne West facility. The company and its divisions are testing and implementing various sustainable drive solutions as part of their sustainability strategy and the interim target of reducing emissions to less than 29 million tons by 2030.

“In the realm of road transport, where no single alternative drive technology has yet emerged as the clear winner, it is crucial for us to maintain a technology-neutral approach and continue testing various sustainable solutions. This includes not only battery electric trucks but also hydrogen vehicles, which excel in longer distances due to their impressive range and quick refueling capabilities. Our ultimate goal is to determine the optimal combination of technologies and drive systems to achieve our net-zero emissions logistics target by 2050,” says Dr. Thomas Vogel, CEO of DACH, UK & IE DHL Freight.

The two 15.6-ton trucks, with a range of approximately 400km with a trailer and 600km without a trailer, were manufactured by Paul Nutzfahrzeuge on behalf of Shell in Vilshofen, Southern Germany. The basis for the first series-produced medium-duty fuel cell truck in Germany is provided by a Mercedes-Benz Atego.

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Holland Shipyards Group announced the delivery of “H2 Barge 2”, its second hydrogen-powered vessel, to Future Proof Shipping. This comes shortly after the successful delivery of the first vessel, “H2 Barge 1”, early in 2023.

The “H2 Barge 2” represents a significant step forward in the maritime industry’s journey towards zero emissions. This vessel has undergone a complete retrofit from traditional internal combustion technology to cutting-edge hydrogen fuel technology. The retrofit involved removing the main engine and reduction gearbox, replacing the diesel engine driving the bow thruster and diesel generators with a new modular propulsion system. This system includes electric motors, hydrogen tanks, a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell system for converting hydrogen into electric power, and a battery system. The “H2 Barge 2” boasts six fuel cell modules, providing a total fuel cell capacity of 1.2 MW.

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Incheon and Harvard Universities’s Research Team Improves Fuel Cell Durability with Fatigue-Resistant Membranes

Scientists have developed a fatigue-resistant electrolyte membrane with an interpenetrating polymer network, which prolongs the lifespan of a fuel cell, the Incheon National University announced on 7 February.

A novel approach to address environmental challenges is the development and commercialization of robust hydrogen fuel cells. These cells contain a polymer electrolyte membrane that serves as a barrier between the electrodes (the conductors that enable the flow of electricity through a substance). This membrane conducts protons but inhibits the movement of electrons, hydrogen molecules, and oxygen molecules.

When a vehicle speeds up or slows down, the fuel cell operates inconsistently, leading to varying water production and causing the membrane to expand and contract. The repetitive deformation over time results in the formation of cracks, accelerating the undesired transport of hydrogen through the membrane and ultimately causing operational failure. Some methods employed to address these cracks include radical scavengers and hydrocarbon electrolyte membranes. However, while these approaches offer some defense, they are not capable of entirely preventing the formation and propagation of these cracks.

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FedEx Express tests hydrogen-powered technology with HYVIA van pilot in Utrecht

FedEx Express Europe, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., has begun a trial of a hydrogen-powered vehicle in its pickup and delivery operations in Utrecht, Netherlands. This is the first time FedEx Express has tested hydrogen-technologies in Europe with a view to gaining early insights into new solutions that are tipped as helping hard-to-abate sectors decarbonize, with the potential for application in a transportation network.

The Renault Master Van H2-TECH is manufactured by HYVIA as a joint venture between Renault Group and Plug. It can be refueled in under 5 minutes with 6kg of hydrogen gas, which is used to generate electricity through a 30kW fuel cell, providing power to the eMotor. An on-board 33kWh lithium-ion battery is recharged by the fuel cell during use, enabling pure electric range capacity if required.

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DeNora Deutschland  received orders from thyssenkrupp nucera for the supply of electrolyzer cells for one of Europe’s largest water electrolysis plants 

ThyssenKrupp nucera submitted orders for the supply of electrolyzer cells to produce more than 700 MW of green hydrogen

Industrie De Nora , an Italian multinational listed on Euronext Milan, specializing in electrochemistry, has received through its subsidiary DeNora Deutschland GmbH multiple orders from thyssenkrupp nucera AG & Co. KGaA for the supply of electrolyzer cells for one of Europe’s largest water electrolysis plants to produce green hydrogen currently under construction in Sweden. 

The project, which will produce green hydrogen with a total installed capacity of more than 700 MW, ranks among Europe’s largest water electrolysis plants. Green hydrogen will be used in a hard-to-abate industry decarbonization project and will, once completed, significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the end customer compared to the use of traditional technologies.

The orders, that have been awarded to De Nora under the existing Toll Manufacturing and Services Agreement with thyssenkrupp nucera, are among those previously reported in the pipeline, and will contribute significantly to increasing the backlog of the Energy Transition segment.

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Ballard has embarked on a project to transform a bulk carrier to operate on green hydrogen fuels

“Ballard is excited to embark on the European GAMMA project with Verkís Consulting Engineers to decarbonize ocean transport and trade. We’re transforming a bulk carrier to operate on green Hydrogen fuels, powered by Ballard’s heavy-duty Fuel Cells, the company announced on 6 February.

The GAMMA innovation project started  in January 2024,the Icelandic engineering company Verkís stated earlier.

This is according to Kjartan Due Nielsen, Innovation Manager at Verkís, which is leading the GAMMA project.

The innovation project has received €13 million in support from the European Commission’s Horizon Europe framework programme for innovation. The total budget is €17 million, and the complex application process was led by Inspiralia. Gamma stands for Green Ammonia and Biomethanol fuel MAritime Vessels and involves 16 partners from Europe.

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LR awards AIP to hydrogen fuel-cell ferry for the Estonian State Fleet

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) to the Estonian State Fleet for a hydrogen fuel-cell ferry designed by Finnish ship design and engineering company Deltamarin.

The zero emissions ferry is to be operated between the Estonian mainland and the islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, on the Virtsu-Kuivastu and Rohuküla-Heltermaa routes, which connect the Baltic nation to its two largest islands.

 As part of the certification, LR approved the current stage of the design process to be suitable for further design, construction and procurement of the ropax ferry. The thorough AiP process was conducted by LR experts and led by its Hamburg Technical Support Office.  

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Enapter delivered  latest AEM Nexus 1000 electrolyser to the megawatt-class Hydrogen Terminal in Braunschweig

Exciting update from Braunschweig! We’ve successfully delivered our latest AEM Nexus 1000 electrolyser to the megawatt-class Hydrogen Terminal project, the company said.

AEM Nexus 1000 represents a cost-effective alternative to traditional megawatt-class electrolysers. With 420 modular AEM Stacks, it forms a complete system capable of producing ~450 kg of hydrogen per day.

Powered by local renewable energies,  AEM Nexus 1000 will soon supply green hydrogen and processed electrolysis waste heat for various applications within this multi-purpose project.

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HNO International Spearheads Scalable Hydrogen Energy Platform to Pioneer Green Hydrogen Production in 2024

In a historic collaboration, HNO International, Inc. is leading a groundbreaking initiative alongside Element One Energy and Pneumatic and Hydraulic Company (PHC), the company announced.

Together, they are set to develop the world’s first 500 kg per day green hydrogen production facility in Houston, Texas. The completion of this pioneering project is anticipated in Q2 of 2024, marking a significant leap forward in sustainable hydrogen infrastructure.

This state-of-the-art facility is the inaugural installation in HNO International’s Scalable Hydrogen Energy Platform (SHEP™), a modular and scalable hydrogen energy system designed to efficiently produce, store, and dispense green hydrogen from water using a 1.25MW electrolyzer. SHEP is crafted with versatility in mind, catering to the diverse needs of developers, companies, communities, and municipalities.

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Strategic Resources Signs Hydrogen and Graphene Collaboration Agreement with Levidian

Strategic Resources Inc., a critical mineral exploration and development company focused on high-purity iron and vanadium projects in Canada and Finland, announced that it has executed a collaboration agreement with Levidian, a British climate technology firm, to study supplying the BlackRock Project’s metallurgical facility (owned by Strategic), located in Saguenay, Québec, Canada with the Levidian’s patented LOOP decarbonization technology. This Collaboration Agreement enables Strategic to accelerate its hydrogen development roadmap and move towards producing near emissions free iron products for use in electric arc furnaces and steel plants.

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Ballard receives follow-on order from CPKC Rail for additional fuel cell engines

Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) rail has awarded Ballard an additional order of 12 fuel cell engines, delivered in

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ClassNK awards AiP for ammonia fuel tank for container ships developed by GSC

ClassNK has awarded an approval in principle (AiP) for the design of a prismatic ammonia fuel tank (IMO Type B independent tank) for container Ships developed by Planning and Design Center for Greener Ships (GSC), the ClassNK announced.

Ammonia is expected to be used as a marine fuel for shipping decarbonization since it does not emit CO2 when combusted. However, its utilization presents challenges, such as the risk of leakage and relatively low volumetric efficiency.

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SunHydrogen and COTEC Advance to Next Phase of Production for 1m² Green Hydrogen Panels

SunHydrogen, Inc.,  announced that the company has initiated the scale-up phase for production of 1m² green hydrogen panels with its industrial partner, COTEC.

SunHydrogen’s technology is currently the only self-contained nanoparticle-based hydrogen generation device capable of splitting water molecules into high-purity green hydrogen and oxygen using solely the sun’s energy. Just like a solar panel is comprised of multiple cells that generate electricity, the Company’s hydrogen panel encases multiple hydrogen generators immersed in water. Each hydrogen generator contains billions of electroplated nanoparticles, autonomously splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen.

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Snam Collaborates with Confindustria, Eni to Gauge Interest in Italy for Hydrogen, Carbon Capture

Snam, in cooperation with Confindustria, is officially launching a market test on hydrogen demand in Italy and, in partnership with Eni, a collection of non-binding expressions of interest for the transport and storage of CO2 within the framework of the carbon capture and storage (CCS) project recently announced in Ravenna, the company announced. These initiatives are part of Snam’s broader activities to support Italy’s energy transition. The cooperation with Confindustria will help identify and explore two strategic markets associated with manufacturing and energy-intensive sectors, to achieve Italian and European decarbonization goals. The information gathered will be shared with relevant institutions involved in defining the regulatory framework and will serve as a key-reference for planning the development of hydrogen and CCS sectors in Italy.

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Chiyoda Corporation and Toyota Jointly Developing Large-scale Electrolysis System 

The production and mass production technologies for electrolysis cell stacks using the fuel cell technology held by Toyota and the processing plant design technologies and large-scale plant construction technologies held by Chiyoda will be brought together to develop a large-scale electrolysis system that can be competitive, the Toyota announced. This will allow adaptation to the rapidly expanding hydrogen production markets both inside and outside Japan.

Specifically, the goal is to develop an electrolysis system with high hydrogen production efficiency while being the world’s smallest in size.To be able to respond to the various needs of customers, such as the amount of hydrogen used or limitations on plant floor area, 5 MW-class equipment will be used as the basic unit (floor area: 2.5 m x 6 m, hydrogen production capacity: approx. 100 kg/hr) for development, and will be combined to create a standard package, allowing the construction of large-scale electrolysis systems.

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Lhyfe has started construction work of a green hydrogen plant in the seaport city of Brake in Lower Saxony 

Lhyfe is building hydrogen production plant in Germany, in Brake (Unterweser), the company announced.The site project is located on land in the harbour area of Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts), the largest public seaport operator in Germany. The plant would be the first in the northern German region to make green hydrogen available to the wider market. The groundbreaking ceremony for the production facility will take place today, 1 February.

The plant will produce up to 1,150 tonnes of green hydrogen per year (installed electrolysis capacity of 10 MW). The electricity will come from wind and photovoltaic plants in the country, through corporate PPAs. Potential offtakers would include various industrial and mobility applications.

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U.S. Department of Energy released a brief snapshot of the major clean hydrogen milestones from 2023

For decades, DOE has been laying the foundation of our nation’s clean-hydrogen economy by driving down costs and improving technologies through research, development, and demonstration (RD&D), while advancing technologies from the lab to demonstration phases and breaking down barriers to deployment and commercialization, the DOE reported. 

The past twelve months saw much of that groundwork pay off. Industry announced unprecedented investments in clean hydrogen production, the Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs are getting ready to launch DOE’s largest-ever hydrogen demonstration projects, and partnerships continue to grow and strengthen across the federal government and around the world.

Here is a brief snapshot of some of the major clean hydrogen milestones from 2023:



  • Seven Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs were selected to receive up to $7 billion.
  • $750 million funding opportunity was launched for electrolyzer RD&D and manufacturing and recycling of components and materials for clean hydrogen and fuel cell systems.
  • $59 million funding opportunity was issued to advance the national clean hydrogen strategy, including up to $9 million for community-focused topics. 
  • Sixteen projects were selected to receive nearly $48 million to advance clean hydrogen technologies, including fuel cells and hydrogen storage. 
  • Twenty-two clean-hydrogen projects were selected to receive $42 million, including more than $8 million for hydrogen sensors.
  • Two projects were selected to receive more than $10 million to expand clean hydrogen production from nuclear energy, through a collaboration between the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) and DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy.
  • A hydrogen compressor project was selected to receive nearly $2 million through a clean manufacturing funding opportunity; project is co-funded by HFTO and DOE’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office.





  • Declaration of intent for mutual recognition of hydrogen certification was endorsed by 38 countries at COP28. 
  • H2-DEIA Global Platform in support of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility was launched.
  • H2 Twin Cities 2023 was launched to connect mentor-mentee cities and communities across continents.
  • The “Hydrogen Horizons” Challenge was the featured contest for FIRST Global, inventor Dean Kamen’s international STEM-focused nonprofit. This year’s contest was supported by DOE and included student contestants from over 190 countries.

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