WSU to play vital role in Pacific Northwest hydrogen hub

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected the Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association’s hydrogen hub for award negotiations as one of the clean hydrogen hubs nationwide. Washington State University was instrumental in the creation of the Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Hub proposal and will play key roles in the formation of the region’s green hydrogen economy by leading the Hub’s community benefits plan and by connecting hydrogen producers and consumers through WSU’s CHARGE consortium. 

“Washington State University is thrilled with today’s news and is pleased to have been able to lend its expertise in the creation of Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Hub proposal. WSU has long been a leader in alternative fuel research, including hydrogen,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “We look forward to continuing to play a critical role in the formation of our region’s green hydrogen economy – with WSU leading the Hub’s community benefits plan and the university’s CHARGE consortium helping to achieve market lift-off.”

The Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Hub – called the PNWH2 Hub – will create a robust network of clean, renewable hydrogen suppliers and end-users focused on some of the hardest-to-decarbonize sectors important to our region’s economy, such as hard-to-electrify heavy-duty transportation, port operations, agriculture, and industrial operations. 

The PNWH2 Hub will leverage the clean power and innovative technology companies in the Pacific Northwest to accelerate the transition to clean hydrogen production and use, creating or supporting more than 10,000 good-paying jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our region. The PNWH2 Hub is expected to far exceed DOE’s requirement to produce 50 to 100 metric tons per day of clean hydrogen. 

The PNWH2 Hub is eligible to receive up to $1 billion in federal funding spanning eight years. DOE’s investment in regional hydrogen hubs is one of the largest investments in the agency’s history – and will form the foundation of a national clean hydrogen network. 

Additional information on the Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Hub can be found in a news release issued by the Washington State Department of Commerce.

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