These projects will fuel the next round of research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities under [email protected]’s multi-year initiative to fully realize hydrogen’s benefits across the economy.

In particular, [email protected] is a concept that explores the potential for wide-scale hydrogen production and utilization in the US.

Hydrogen has the potential to integrate our nation’s domestic energy resources, add value in industrial and energy-intensive sectors, and broaden technology choices for medium- and heavy-duty transportation,

...said US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette.

Namely, the projects will feature collaborations with EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office on manufacturing reliable and affordable electrolyzers and with EERE’s Vehicle Technologies Office on developing low-cost, high-strength carbon fiber for hydrogen storage tanks.

Other areas of focus include identifying durable and cost-effective fuel cell systems and components for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

In addition, the investment will spur demonstrations of large-scale hydrogen utilization at ports and data centers and across industrial sectors like steel making.

Finally, these efforts will help build a comprehensive training program that will lay the foundation "for a robust hydrogen and fuel cells workforce in the US".

Ten million metric tons of hydrogen are currently produced in the US every year (95% of which is via centralized reforming of natural gas).