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The Department of Energy (DOE) has granted up to $1 billion in funding for the production and use of hydrogen in the Midwest.
The Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2)—a group comprised of over 70 partners, including the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory—is launching a regional hydrogen hub (H2Hubs) in the Midwest. MachH2 has been granted up to $1 billion in DOE funding to advance the use and production of hydrogen in the represented region.
Upon completion, the hub will serve as a central asset for the national clean hydrogen network and provide improved energy stability for surrounding communities. MachH2 anticipates the Midwest hub to create a total of 13,600 jobs, with 12,100 in construction and 1,500 in a permanent capacity.
MachH2’s hydrogen hub will work alongside two DOE national labs, dozens of partnered companies, participating universities, and several non-profit organizations. These partnering entities will develop projects that utilize the production, storage, transportation, and use of hydrogen in the region. In addition to hydrogen-specific applications, MachH2’s hub will offer education, job training programs, and entrepreneurial support in Midwest communities affected by the loss of manufacturing jobs.
“MachH2 brings together government, industry, academia, and non-profits for the development of a Midwest hydrogen economy,” said Paul Kearns, Argonne’s Director. “Argonne looks forward to contributing to this regional partnership, leveraging our laboratory’s scientific and engineering experience for a clean-energy future.”
A majority of the hub’s sub-projects will be located in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan, although some MachH2 partners plan to expand the hub’s reach to provide hydrogen elsewhere in the Midwest. Argonne National Laboratory will contribute technical support in the areas of lifecycle assessment and techno-economic analysis.