North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has formed a regional hydrogen hub with the governors of Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin as states continue to jockey in the race for federal funds and national eminence .
Doug Bourgum, Governor of North Dakota Noted:
By bringing together our expertise in agriculture and power generation, we can create a world-class hydrogen hub and do even more as states to feed and power the nation and the world.
The Heartland Hydrogen Hub was formed Oct. 5 through a three-page memorandum of understanding among the four states to use their combined strengths to create a regional clean hydrogen hub to help meet the needs of the United States. United in clean energy, transport and agriculture.
The MOU said the group of states is a bipartisan effort whose member states already have several clean hydrogen projects planned “that competitively promote the region’s leadership in the hydrogen economy, including plans to develop new clean hydrogen projects as well as some of the largest brownfield conversion assets with the goal of being the largest in the country.”
The Heartland Hydrogen Hub will compete for a $7 billion tranche that the U.S. Department of Energy has allocated to establish six to 10 regional hydrogen hubs across the United States. Hydrogen centers are considered federally as part of achieving a net-zero energy economy by 2050, as envisioned by President Joe Biden.
Regional hydrogen centers across the country must submit concept papers by Nov. 7 outlining why they should be among a select handful. Full applications are due April 7.
The DOE argues that the characteristics of hydrogen “make it a strong option for decarbonizing energy-intensive heavy industry and supporting heavy transportation.” Hydrogen can be produced from clean, diverse, domestic energy resources (wind, solar, and nuclear) or by using methane while capturing the resulting carbon to reduce emissions.
According to Burgum’s office, North Dakota will take on the effort through its Center for Energy and Environmental Research at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. The EERC (which operates the National Hydrogen Technology Center) will develop the app in collaboration with industry partners and state coordinators from the four states.
“North Dakota is pleased to help lead these efforts as part of our overall energy strategy and our focus on innovation rather than regulation to meet our nation’s changing energy needs,” Burgum said.
“We are grateful to these states and their governors for their participation, collaboration, and shared interest in American energy production, American energy security, job creation, economic development, and environmental stewardship. .”
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers also signed the agreement.
Waltz The Governor of Minnesota said:
Minnesota is working to grow our clean energy economy and meet the changing needs of our state’s industries with innovative solutions.
“I look forward to working with these states to secure critical investment in clean energy and create a world-class hydrogen hub.”
Part of the MOU notes that all states have agreed to identify opportunities for collaboration with tribal nations. The winning hydrogen hubs will be those that “include substantial engagement from local and regional stakeholders, as well as tribes, to ensure they generate local, regional, and national benefits,” the DOE funding notice states.
The DOE’s $7 billion funding opportunity, announced Sept. 22, noted that each hydrogen hub will include multiple partners who bring together various hydrogen technologies to produce and use large amounts of hydrogen in different ways.
Tony EversGovernor of Wisconsin, said:
Clean hydrogen has the potential to play a key role in our clean energy efforts here in Wisconsin and across the country, and I’m proud to work with this bipartisan group of governors to do the right thing. for the future of our States.
“This agreement is another positive step towards developing a strong network for producers and consumers of clean hydrogen, and it will contribute to our essential work to expand economic opportunity, create jobs, reduce emissions and reduce carbon emissions. long-term costs as we work to achieve the goals of our clean energy plan.
Wisconsin and Minnesota are also partners in the Midwestern Hydrogen Coalition, formed Sept. 19 with the governors of Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce will be the lead state agency for the Heartland Hydrogen Hub and the Midwestern Hydrogen Coalition.
Other hydrogen centers formed around the country include a New York-led group (along with Connecticut, New Jersey, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island), the Western Inter-States Hydrogen Hub (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming), HALO Hydrogen Hub (Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma) and the West Virginia Hydrogen Hub Task Force.
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North Dakota to spearhead four-state hydrogen hub, Oct. 13, 2022