Environment and Energy

Coalition Submits Full Application for Hydrogen Hub Funding

Written by Laura Miller

The Great Lakes Clean Hydrogen Coalition (GLCH) has officially submitted its full application for federal funding to create a $2-billion clean hydrogen hub in the Midwest.

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GLCH’s plan is to develop a hub to serve Ohio, Michigan, and portions of Pennsylvania and Indiana to help industries in the region decarbonize. Cleveland-Cliffs already has plans to increase its use of hydrogen in its steelmaking processes.

The GLCH plan “has a well-defined scope, is commercially feasible, and will utilize proven production technologies to minimize the time required to achieve full production of 100+ metric tons of hydrogen per day,” the coalition said in a statement.

The application was submitted to the US Department of Energy (DOE), which has $8 billion in funding available for the creation of clean hydrogen hubs under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

The prime applicant is industrial gas provider Linde, which leads the GLCH. Other companies in the coalition include Cleveland-Cliffs, Energy Harbor, GE Aerospace, the University of Toledo, and the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council.

A host of unions, educational institutions, community organizations, economic development organizations, and government officials added letters of support to the coalition’s application.

GLCH submitted a preliminary application for the funding in November, and in January it was given the green light to submit a full application. Out of 79 projects, it was one of 33 encouraged by the DOE to go through the full application process.

By Laura Miller, laura@steelmarketupdate.com


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