The Chemours Company announced the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, co-developed with the University of Delaware, and the Center for Clean Hydrogen unveiled.
The Clean Hydrogen Partnership (CHP) is an innovative public-private collaboration that brings the US Department of Defense, the University of Delaware, Chemours, Plug, and the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) together to solve the challenges of producing clean hydrogen at low cost and converting the hydrogen to energy in an efficient way.
Senators Tom Carper (Del.), Chris Coons (Del.), Chuck Schumer (NY), Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (Del.), and Congressman Paul Tonko (NY) were instrumental in advocating for the establishment of the CHP and the Center for Clean Hydrogen.
The CHP will drive research focused on lowering the cost and acceleration of green hydrogen and fuel cells by enabling the discovery of innovative materials, stack designs, and manufacturing improvements.
The research results will be tested in the Center for Clean Hydrogen. This first-of-its-kind research facility enables real-world testing of new components at scale located at the University of Delaware. The Center’s ability to test at scale will accelerate the adoption of new materials that are critical to meet the Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Shot, which seeks to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen by 80% to $1 per kilogram in one decade.
Senator Carper, chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said, “Clean hydrogen has a critical role to play in strengthening our country’s industrial sector and moving us closer to net-zero emissions by 2050.”
Senator Coons said, “As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said, I was thrilled to secure this funding to support critical research into clean hydrogen technologies that will help us reduce emissions from our manufacturing and transportation sectors and combat climate change.”
Rep. Blunt Rochester said, “The Center for Clean Hydrogen, a remarkable partnership between the University of Delaware, Chemours, and NREL, will be a hub for the research, development, and innovation needed to help us secure that clean energy future.”
Mark Newman, Chemours President and CEO, said, “This Center will facilitate the research and development needed to drive these technologies forward while establishing Delaware as a world-class knowledge center for the hydrogen economy.”
University of Delaware President Dennis Assanis said, “UD faculty and students will discover new ways to accelerate the energy transition by reducing the cost of clean hydrogen and related technologies.”