Four Midwest US states to pursue hydrogen hub funding
The Merricourt wind farm, North Dakota. Image source: EDF Renewables North America/Business Wire
The governors of four Midwest US states -- North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin -- on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a regional clean hydrogen hub.
The four states are looking to secure federal funding from the USD-7-billion (EUR 7.1bn) programme announced last week by the US Department of Energy to establish regional clean hydrogen across the country. The department expects to select six to ten hubs. It is accepting concept papers by November 7 and full applications by April 7 next year.
The newly proposed Heartland Hydrogen Hub will include clean hydrogen projects from various energy sources across the four participating states.
The development of the application will be led by the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, which is home to the National Center for Hydrogen Technology.
“By bringing together our expertise in agriculture and energy production, we can create a world-class hydrogen hub and do even more as states to feed and fuel the nation and the world,” commented North Dakota governor Doug Burgum.
“Minnesota is working to expand our clean energy economy and meet the changing needs of industries across our state with innovative solutions,” said the state’s governor Tim Walz.
Other states have also been forming coalitions to compete for this funding. For instance, a team led by New York is working on a bid.