Next Hydrogen Corporation has signed an MoU with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) along with 40 partners to Propose a US Northeast Hydrogen Hub.
The proposal responds to the US Department of Energy (DOE) funding opportunity announcement, expected to launch in May 2022 with $8 billion in funding available. The aim is to become one of four regional clean hydrogen hubs designated through the US federal Clean Hydrogen Hubs program included in the federal 2021 bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
NYSERDA, which will coordinate the proposal development, will consult with coalition partners to determine the eligibility of hydrogen projects to participate in the hub proposal, consistent with the core principles of greenhouse gas reduction, economic development, and environmental justice.
By forming a coalition, New York presents a coordinated multi-site approach to a hydrogen hub that connects the entire value chain of hydrogen producers, users, technology and equipment manufacturers, and the research and development community, including national labs and universities.
In addition to Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, the partners include:
- Alliance Energy Group LLC
- Alternate Aviation Fuels LLC
- BAE Systems
- Bloom Energy Corporation
- Climate Jobs NY
- Columbia University
- Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
- Cornell University
- Cummins, Inc.
- Daroga Power
- Doosan Fuel Cell America, Inc.
- Ecolectro, Inc.
- Empire State Development (ESD)
- Fuel Cell Energy
- Invenergy Hydrogen LLC
- Liberty Utilities (St. Lawrence Gas) Corp.
- Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)
- National Grid
- National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium
- New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST)
- New York State Power Authority (NYPA)
- New York University
- Next Hydrogen Corporation
- Nucor Steel Auburn, Inc.
- Ohmium International
- Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.
- Partnership Fund for New York City
- Plug Power Inc.
- Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
- Standard Hydrogen Corporation
- Stony Brook University / Advanced Energy Center (AERTC)
- The City College of New York (CUNY)
- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
- University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
- Vermont Gas Systems (VGS)
- WATT Fuel Cell Corporation
The partners will work together to define the vision and plans for the regional hydrogen hub that can advance clean hydrogen energy innovation and investment to address climate change while improving Northeastern US residents’ health, resiliency, and prosperity.
Raveel Afzaal, President and CEO of Next Hydrogen, said, “We are joining an impressive group of industry leaders to evaluate and develop this hydrogen hub proposal with the shared goal of facilitating the development of resilient clean energy infrastructure in the United States.”