The City of Lancaster joined ARCHES, the state’s public-private hydrogen (H2) hub consortium, to accelerate the development and deployment of clean, renewable H2 projects and infrastructure.
Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems (ARCHES) is California’s public-private consortium seeking funds from the Department of Energy Regional Hydrogen Hub Program.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and the University of California will lead the development of the ARCHES proposal for the Department of Energy (DOE) Regional Hydrogen Hubs (H2Hubs) Program, which was passed by the federal government under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021.
The DOE H2Hubs Program seeks to demonstrate hydrogen production, distribution, and end uses across the United States. DOE anticipates 6-10 hubs to be funded under the program, demonstrating different production methods and uses, including transportation, power generation, heating, and industrial.
The ARCHES hub plans to demonstrate renewable hydrogen production for multiple uses across the economy. In addition to the technical requirements under the H2Hubs program, each proposal must demonstrate collaboration and engagement within communities, labour, and environmental justice.
Rex Parris, Mayor of the City of Lancaster, said, “The City of Lancaster is excited to join the ARCHES H2Hubs collaboration and partner to bring federal funding to accelerate the role hydrogen will play in decarbonizing California’s economy.”