How The Lone Star State Is Building A Green Hydrogen Future

March 2, 2021

The U.S. has been an energy leader for more than a century, with the state of Texas as the hub of activity. Amid the transition away from fossil fuels to low-emission solutions, the Lone Star State, despite the recent outages during a devastating winter storm, is poised to be the focal point for the future of the country’s energy as well: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is funding a demonstration of the design, build and operation of the country’s first dedicated renewable hydrogen network, starting in Texas.

Hydrogen is set to become increasingly important as a means of storing renewable energy and providing dispatchable renewable power when it’s needed. But although emissions-free hydrogen from electrolysis – powered by renewables – ticks all the boxes as far as environmental concerns go, it currently faces price challenges, while critics argue that too much energy is lost in the conversion process for it to become competitive.

In response to these criticisms, the DOE is collaborating with the University of Texas and private companies to develop a real-world model that will test the safety and reliability of hydrogen infrastructure. Over a three-year period, [email protected] in Texas and Beyond aims to scale up clean hydrogen technology to bring down costs, much as solar and wind power generation costs tumbled with greater deployment.

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