As the hydrogen fuel cell sector continues to evolve, recent developments highlight the growing potential and challenges of the industry. President Biden’s visit to the Cummins Power Generation Facility in Fridley, Minnesota emphasized the significance of manufacturing hydrogen electrolyzers in the United States. With tax credits from the Inflation Reduction Act, Cummins plans to retrain 600 workers and create 100 new jobs to manufacture clean energy technology.
In Oswego, New York, the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Power Station reached a milestone by becoming the first facility of its kind in the U.S. to generate clean hydrogen using nuclear power. This achievement is part of a $14.5 million cost-shared project between DOE and Constellation Energy Corporation, aimed at demonstrating how nuclear power plants can lower the cost and scale up the production of clean hydrogen.
Additionally, DOE has announced various funding opportunities to support the hydrogen fuel cell sector. These include $750 million for electrolysis, manufacturing, and recycling research; $47 million for the development of affordable clean hydrogen technologies; and $4.5 million for turbine efficiency research that supports hydrogen power production. These funding opportunities aim to significantly reduce the cost of clean hydrogen and contribute to achieving commercial-scale clean-hydrogen deployment this decade.
Engagement and collaboration are also essential for the growth of the hydrogen fuel cell industry. The DOE Hydrogen Program has participated in numerous national and international events, such as the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Seminar, CERAWeek, Fuel Cell Expo–Japan, and the American Hydrogen Forum. These events provide a valuable opportunity for the DOE Hydrogen Program to interact with industry stakeholders and gain insight into their interests and needs.
Recent studies, reports, and publications from DOE, such as the Pathways to Commercial Liftoff: Clean Hydrogen report, emphasize the importance of public-private partnerships in accelerating the deployment of key clean energy technologies. These reports serve as valuable resources for industry partners on how and when certain technologies can reach full-scale deployment.
As the hydrogen fuel cell sector continues to grow, collaboration, investment, and research will play a vital role in overcoming challenges and realizing the full potential of hydrogen as a clean energy source.