On Friday, October 13, President Joe Biden and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Jennifer Granholm announced the selection of seven regional green hydrogen hubs to receive a total of $7 billion in federal funding from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill including:
- Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub – Covering Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.
- Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub – Encompassing West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
- Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems – Located in California.
- Gulf Coast Hydrogen Hub – Positioned in Texas.
- Heartland Hydrogen Hub – Covering Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
- Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen – Encompassing Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.
- Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Hub – Located in Washington, Oregon, and Montana.
The Hampton Roads region of Virginia aims to play a prominent role in renewable energy deployment. Although not selected, the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center and partners (Hampton Roads Alliance and cities of Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach) remain committed to hydrogen energy projects, workforce training, and education efforts. The partnership is actively pursuing a $6.5 million green hydrogen fuel program. The program will be based in the Tech Center Research Park near Jefferson Lab in Newport News. Our goal is to develop a local industry around clean hydrogen power, enhance clean energy capacity, promote economic development, and create jobs in the sector.
Brett Malone, President and CEO of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, expressed excitement about hydrogen investment and congratulated the selected hub regions while emphasizing the continued focus on hydrogen use cases that involve scientific, academic, industrial, and public sectors.
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