Great Lakes Clean Hydrogen Hub coalition applies for $2B in DOE funding

Published on May 05, 2023 by Chris Galford

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A coalition proposing a Great Lakes Clean Hydrogen Hub (GLCH) submitted a plan and application for $2 billion from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) this week, appealing to a program meant to spur the creation of regional clean hydrogen hubs nationwide.

The DOE currently has $8 billion up for grabs for these purposes under the terms of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). In GLCH’s case, the resulting hub would, if approved, serve Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Indiana, using carbon-free nuclear power to produce clean hydrogen at competitive costs. This, its members argued, could also have a sort of ripple effect, helping other major industries throughout the Midwest to decarbonize, particularly the mobility market.

GLCH is led by the industrial gasses and engineering company Linde but also includes members such as Energy Harbor, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., GE Aerospace, the University of Toledo, and the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council. Together, they have reportedly been working with the states of Ohio and Michigan, as well as technology suppliers, hydrogen consumers, state and regional academic institutions, national labs, and nonprofit organizations to create the idea of their hub.

This was reflected in the GLCH application, which included letters of support from unions, educational institutions, community organizations, and government officials from all levels.

The coalition claimed that because its project has a well-defined scope, is commercially feasible, and will use proven production technologies, it will be able to reduce the time required for full production of more than 100 metric tonnes of hydrogen per day. The hub’s members also intend to work with local stakeholders and launch workforce partnerships and investments as a result, and anticipate an approved hub to lead to job creation throughout the region.