Bakken Energy has signed an MoU with Cummins Inc. and Schneider National Carriers Inc. to work on the design of the Heartland Hydrogen Hub to serve the needs of long-haul trucking.
In conjunction with the States of North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Montana, Bakken Energy is working on designing the Heartland Hydrogen Hub, a regional clean hydrogen hub recently announced by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.
The Heartland Hydrogen Hub is solidly positioned to obtain federal funding through the Department of Energy’s $7 billion Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program announced on September 22, 2022, as part of the larger $8 billion hydrogen hub program funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
The industry-led Hub will include Bakken Energy’s large-scale affordable clean hydrogen production. Long-haul trucking provides for scale to accelerate clean hydrogen adoption and CO2 emissions reduction. The impact of converting one diesel-fueled, Class 8 heavy-duty truck to clean hydrogen fuel is equivalent to eliminating the CO2 emissions of thirty-one gasoline-fueled passenger vehicles.
Bakken Energy is committed to developing world-class, large-scale, affordable, clean hydrogen production facilities in North Dakota, including the transformation of the Great Plains Synfuels Plant using natural gas from the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation that would otherwise be flared, including carbon capture and sequestration.
Steve Lebow, Bakken Energy Founder and Chairman, said, “The decarbonization benefits of getting long-haul trucks off diesel and onto hydrogen are tremendous, and Cummins and Schneider are leaders we wanted at the table with us.”
Mike Hopkins, CEO of Bakken Energy, said, “In our region, the Upper Midwest, the clear market is long-haul trucking. Trucking-industry leaders have decided hydrogen will be a replacement for diesel.”
Amy Adams, VP at Cummins, said, “The DOE’s investment in the development of clean hydrogen production, in addition to the tax credits available in the Inflation Reduction Act, have made these commercial partnerships possible sooner, representing the best of public-private innovation initiatives.”
Rob Reich, EVP at Schneider, said, “Schneider is looking forward to this collaboration with Bakken Energy to lead the industry in clean hydrogen adoption.”