US puts carbon focus in $9.5bn going to hydrogen

December 16, 2021

President Joe Biden’s administration intends to set a high bar for the carbon-intensity of hydrogen produced from natural gas, as it decides how to spends billions of dollars the US Congress has appropriated with the goal of making “clean” hydrogen a reality.

The US Energy Department is tasked with spending $1.9bn/yr over the next five fiscal years to kick-start a “clean hydrogen economy” under the bipartisan infrastructure law that Biden signed last month. Biden administration officials say funding needs to align with a congressional goal to significantly reduce the carbon emissions of hydrogen, compared to the conventional method of producing hydrogen through steam methane reforming.

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