DOE awards $925 million to EERC to establish Regional Hydrogen Center

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BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $925 million to the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota for their efforts. Heartland H2 Hub in partnership with Marathon Petroleum, TC Energy and Xcel Energy. This funding was awarded as part of the Regional Program for Clean Hydrogen Centres, established under Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). North Dakota, through EERC, led the application development process with Minnesota, Montana, and Wisconsin.

“Led by the University of North Dakota’s Center for Energy and Environmental Research, today’s announcement solidifies North Dakota as a national leader in the energy and agricultural economy of the future.” Senator Cramer said. “By joining leading strategic partners such as Marathon Petroleum, TC Energy, and Xcel Energy, the Heartland Hydrogen Hub will play an integral role in diversifying the upper Midwest’s fertilizer supply and providing a reliable source of hydrogen for energy applications.”

This program includes up to $7 billion to establish six to 10 regional clean hydrogen centers across the country. According to the Department of Energy, the Clean Hydrogen Centers will create networks of hydrogen producers, consumers, and local connected infrastructure to accelerate the use of hydrogen as a clean energy carrier that can deliver or store massive amounts of energy.

In March, Senator Cramer submitted a letter of support for the EERC’s application on behalf of Heartland Hydrogen Hub (HH2H) LLC to secure funding from the Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Proposals to establish the hub.

“North Dakota is a leader in developing and deploying innovative clean energy technologies that leverage fossil and renewable resources. The state continues to pursue long-term strategies that integrate traditional and emerging energy resources to meet growing demand for energy and low-carbon products. Senator Cramer wrote. “This effort will help provide low-carbon hydrogen to support current demand in liquid transportation fuel manufacturing, ammonia production, and drive growth in emerging markets such as blending with natural gas, hydrogen-powered gas turbines, fuel cell vehicles, and stationary power plants.”

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