Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association Submits Concept Paper and Advances Bid for U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Hubs Opportunity

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A powerful public-private partnership encompassing Washington and Oregon is moving forward with the development of a green hydrogen proposal focused on decarbonizing transportation and heavy industry

SEATTLE, WA — The Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association (PNWH2) — a public-private partnership of tribal, labor, government, environmental and private hydrogen business leaders — has submitted its 20-page concept paper to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Friday, outlining the breadth and depth of possibilities for a hydrogen hub in the Pacific Northwest. PNWH2 is leading a regional effort to land one of the very few shares of the DOE’s $8 billion investment in a nationwide network of clean hydrogen hubs (H2Hubs) under the Capital Investment and Investment Act. infrastructure jobs.

With the states of Washington and Oregon collaborating in this effort, the final PNWH2 proposal will demonstrate the region’s incredible strengths to support a successful hydrogen hub, including natural renewable hydroelectricity and a rich history of innovation in agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, high tech, maritime and clean technology sectors.

“We aim to lead. The Pacific Northwest is unquestionably uniquely positioned to develop and deploy a green hydrogen hub capable of meeting the biggest challenges – decarbonizing industrial sectors of our economy such as heavy transportation, aviation, steel and more,” Governor Jay Inslee said.

“By leveraging the region’s enormous renewable energy capacity, low-cost electricity, strong power utility leadership, extensive transportation network, and climate, environmental justice and economic policies industry-leading, the PNWH2 hub will create good jobs across the region,” said the Chairman of the PNWH2 Board of Directors. and Washington State Commerce Director Lisa Brown.

“With this clean hydrogen hub, the Pacific Northwest can continue its history of forging innovative pathways to meet the region’s clean energy and climate goals,” said Janine Benner, vice chair of the board. of Directors and Director of the Oregon Department of Energy. “Clean hydrogen can be part of the solution that meets our clean energy goals, prioritizes equity, balances the trade-offs and supports our economy.”

The PNWH2 hub serves a diverse stakeholder group in the Pacific Northwest that will leverage many of the region’s key assets: abundant renewable energy resources, utility companies that today produce 81,000 MWh of clean energy (including hydro), 947,000 union members, 172 transit providers. , 64 public colleges and university areas.

“Our state legislature has helped position Washington as a leader in renewable hydrogen production. This proposal and partnership represents a rare opportunity to unleash the market using our state’s academic experts, global best practices, renewable resources and our existing assets,” said Washington State Senator Reuven Carlyle. “It’s exciting to see Washington stepping up and becoming a thought leader in the production, distribution and renewable hydrogen use. From shipping to aviation, long-haul trucking to energy storage and more, renewable hydrogen has an important future in the marketplace and our state’s climate action”

“Organized labor in Oregon and Washington is critical to a successful hydrogen hub proposal to the US Department of Energy. Our manufacturing and construction unions have the highly skilled workers we need now and their apprenticeship programs will augment that workforce as we develop the hydrogen hub in the future,” said Larry Brown, Board Member, Chairman of the Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO.

The PNWH2 hub, in accordance with the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act, will focus on the production and distribution of clean, carbon-free H2, H2 technology, manufacturing and power generation , all applied to transportation, agriculture and commercial end uses. It will also include the workforce, academic institutions and communities that will benefit and support the development of the project. Commitments of support from Washington and Oregon states, integrated with DOE and private sector funding, will accelerate the deployment of these technologies and ensure the financial and operational viability of the hub.

The DOE investment will ensure large-scale hydrogen production in the region, which in turn will unlock massive investment in end-use applications and infrastructure. To intensify accelerated adoption, while meeting infrastructure and equipment end-use requirements, the PNWH2 hub will develop projects to produce an abundance of clean hydrogen.

“Amazon became the co-founder and first signatory of The Climate Pledge, pledging to achieve net zero carbon by 2040. Decarbonizing our operations and transportation is a key part of achieving our commitment, and investing in alternative fuel methods like green hydrogen is very important. important. We are excited to participate in the Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association and support efforts to accelerate the availability of green hydrogen in our home state of Washington and Oregon,” said John Mi, Hydrogen Strategy Principal, Amazon.

Last call for proposals for new projects – RFI closes on November 15

The PNWH2 RFI for individual projects to be included in the final proposal to the DOE is open until November 15. This opportunity is only open to new projects that have not yet responded to the RFI. The RFI is published on the WEBS (Electronic Business Solutions) portal in Washington. More information is available on the PNWH2 website and by emailing [email protected]

The involvement of all stakeholders in the future clean hydrogen economy is a top priority for PNWH2, including the participation of communities, public entities, private industry, labor, research, development labor, utilities and tribal nations.

Other important partners and stakeholders in PNWH2’s work include Washington Innovation Clusters and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) technical experts in hydrogen security, energy justice, life cycle impact, power grid integration, cybersecurity, hydrogen electrolyzer and fuel cell technology and material compatibility. .

Additionally, the Consortium for Hydrogen and Renewably Generated E-fuels (CHARGE), part of Washington State University’s Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM), is a leader of key research represented on the PNWH2 Board of Directors by Executive Director Aaron Feaver.

“We are excited to see the Pacific Northwest coming together to pursue a clean hydrogen economy based on sustainable supply chains. The Northwest’s political, business and technological environment is conducive to growth and innovation. With our extensive industry involvement, research knowledge and expertise, abundant resources and regional momentum, PNW has the potential to be a global leader in hydrogen production and technology,” Feaver said.

For more information and updates on the Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association, visit www.pnwh2.com.

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