DOE advances 4 projects to lower hydrogen costs

By Christian Robles | 04/11/2024 07:00 AM EDT

The department is allocating $1.6 million for work on technologies that could reduce the cost of producing “clean” hydrogen fuel.

DOE building sign and hydrogen pump

The Department of Energy is funding emerging technologies to help reduce "clean" hydrogen production costs. Francs Chung/POLITICO (DOE sign); Sean Gallup/Getty Images (hydrogen)

The Department of Energy is allocating $1.6 million for four projects to develop emerging technologies designed to lower the cost of “clean” hydrogen production.

Funding recipients include PAX Scientific in California, NX Fuels in Michigan, Electro-Active Technologies in Tennessee and Green Fortress Engineering in Indiana, DOE said Thursday. DOE considers hydrogen production clean if it stays below certain levels of planet-warming emissions.

Each project will receive $300,000 vouchers to use for DOE national laboratories resources and $100,000 in cash, the department said in a news release.


Over the next 18 months, teams for each project will develop concept designs for technologies that could help the Biden administration achieve its goal of bringing the cost of clean hydrogen down to $1 per kilogram by 2030. After that period, teams will present their designs to potential investors.