Energy Department Announces New Investment to Advance Cost-Competitive Hydrogen Fuel

The U.S. Department of Energy is investing $1 million to determine the feasibility of producing and transporting cost-competitive hydrogen fuel.

The Energy Department has announced a $1 million investment to analyze and evaluate potential cost-competitive pathways for producing and transporting hydrogen fuel. The project selected—led by Strategic Analysis, Inc. in Arlington, VA—will identify cost-effective and efficient materials and processes to produce hydrogen from renewable energy sources. This investment supports the Energy Department's broader goal to achieve $2 to $4 per gallon gasoline equivalent (gge) of hydrogen fuel by 2020.

The project, led by Strategic Analysis, will help accelerate commercialization of cost-competitive, American-made hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The project will conduct thorough cost analyses of hydrogen pathways to identify the most economical hydrogen production and delivery methods and highlight remaining research and development challenges. With the help of this Energy Department investment, Strategic Analysis will examine a range of hydrogen production pathways, including electrolysis from the electrical grid and renewable energy sources, converting biofuels to hydrogen, biomass gasification, solar thermochemical hydrogen, photoelectrochemical, and biological hydrogen.