The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to fund the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s (BIL’s) program to develop regional clean hydrogen hubs (H2Hubs), which are defined as a network of clean hydrogen producers, potential clean hydrogen consumers, and connective infrastructure located in close proximity. As part of a larger $8 billion hydrogen hub program, the program includes up to $7 billion to establish six to 10 regional clean hydrogen hubs across America from fiscal years 2022 through 2026. DOE’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations is managing the program in collaboration with the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office and the DOE Hydrogen Program. DOE will require projects funded under the FOA to track and report on factors such as energy and environmental justice; consent-based siting; labor and community engagement; diversity, equity, inclusion, and access; job quality, labor standards, workforce development; emissions intensity, including non-greenhouse gas air quality data; as well as magnitude of hydrogen production, transportation, and use.
Concept papers are due by November 7, 2022, and full applications are due by April 7, 2023.