On July 7, 2021, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $52.5 million to fund 31 projects “to advance next-generation clean hydrogen technologies and support DOE’s recently announced Hydrogen Energy Earthshot initiative1 to reduce the cost and accelerate breakthroughs in the clean hydrogen sector.”

The announcement stated that:

  • $36 million from DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will fund 19 projects on:
    • “Electrolysis, a process to produce hydrogen using electricity and water, with improved manufacturing methods and streamlined assembly to reduce cost.”
    • “Clean hydrogen production, including biological and electrochemical approaches.”
    • “Fuel cell subsystems and components that are more efficient, durable, and designed for heavy-duty applications.”
    • “Domestic hydrogen supply chain components and refueling technologies.”
    • “Analyses to assess the cost and performance of fuel cell systems, hydrogen production pathways, and hydrogen storage technologies.”
  • $16.5 million from the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) will fund 12 projects on:
    • “Degradation mechanisms and pathways in high temperature reversible solid oxide cells (SOC) materials that helps assess metrics about cost, performance, durability.”
    • “Performance, reliability, and durability for hydrogen production using reversible solid oxide cells (R-SOC) systems.”
    • “Cost reductions via improvements in materials, manufacturing and microstructure improvements in R-SOC technologies for hydrogen production.”
    • “Initial engineering design of a commercial-scale advanced carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) system from steam methane reforming plants.”
    • “Initial engineering design of a commercial-scale advanced CCUS system from autothermal methane reforming plants.”
    • “Development of a gas turbine combustion system for 100 percent hydrogen fired and mixtures of hydrogen and natural gas.”


1 Described in our June 7, 2021, Legal Update “In Its First "Energy Earthshot," the US Department of Energy Launches Its "Hydrogen Shot" Initiative.”