Hydrogen Hub Explorer

This mapping tool tracks hydrogen hub projects that have publicly expressed their intent to pursue federal funding

Date

Nov. 23, 2022

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3 minutes

Introduction

Under the US Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Congress allocated $8 billion for the creation of multiple hubs, dubbed “H2Hubs,” to support clean hydrogen in the United States. The US Department of Energy (DOE) defines an H2Hub as a “network of clean hydrogen producers, potential clean hydrogen consumers, and connective infrastructure located in close proximity.” The development of H2Hubs across the United States is intended to be the first step toward the creation of a national network of clean hydrogen producers and customers that could facilitate the emergence of a clean hydrogen economy.

In September 2022, DOE released a funding opportunity announcement for the program. 6–10 clean hydrogen hubs across the country will ultimately receive funding from the program. Concept notes were due from proposers November 7 and, after an encourage/discourage judgment by DOE, completed applications for the project must be submitted by April 2023. These recent developments have spurred both the public and private sector to convene regional stakeholders and work toward applications for Phase I funding. This mapping tool tracks the H2Hub projects that have publicly expressed their intent to pursue federal funding.

This map is intended to be a living document and to evolve as the H2Hubs displayed in this map refine and finalize the details of their proposals, and as DOE makes decisions. Proposal details include the geographic reach of their hubs, production methods, end uses, and project partners. As new details become publicly available, existing information will be updated and new information will be added to our tool. As of November 2022, our Hydrogen Hub Explorer tracks 26 different proposed H2Hub projects in the United States.

Hydrogen Hub Explorer

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The map shows the geographic location of clean hydrogen hub projects that have been publicly announced. H2Hubs can be local, statewide, or multi-state initiatives. Local hubs are shown as circles on the map or as a combination of circles and lines if a more detailed overview of the different parts of the project (e.g., hydrogen producers, end users, and transportation pipelines) is publicly available. Statewide and multi-state hubs are represented by monochromatic shading within state lines or the outline of a group of states unless a proposed state hub and a proposed multi-state hub overlap. In this case, the statewide hub is represented as a circle on top of the single state or multi-state shaded area. Pipelines are depicted by lines between hubs.

To better understand the map, let's look at Texas, which includes four hub projects that are bidding for DOE funding.

  • The Center for Houston’s Future announced the creation of the HyVelocity hydrogen hub. The project is centered in the city of Houston and includes the cooperation of corporate stakeholders across the Gulf Coast in the power, industrial, and transportation sectors, along with national laboratories and local universities. This H2Hub is represented by a circle.
  • Two private lead hubs, the Texas Gulf Coast Hub and Hydrogen City already have detailed plans showing the location of producers of hydrogen, transportation pipelines, and potential end-use areas. Because these details are available, we represent these hubs with a collection of circles and lines representing their components.
  • A local hub in the Permian Basin is also led by a private energy project developer. We represent this hub with a circle in the Permian Basin.

Now, let's consider the Appalachian region. Appalachia also includes several hub proposals, many of which overlap geographically.

  • A tri-state project in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia is led by the State of West Virginia and several partners including EQT. This hub is depicted as a multi-state area.
  • Pennsylvania also has announced plans for their own statewide hydrogen hub initiative. To prevent the overlap of the representation of state and multi-state hubs in this region, state hubs in the region are represented by a circle.
  • Finally, the Great Lakes Clean Hydrogen Hub is led by the University of Toledo and is planning to explore the production of hydrogen from nuclear energy. Because this is a local hub centered in Toledo, Ohio, the hub is represented by a circle.

Users have the option to zoom into Texas, the Pacific Northwest, and North Dakota to view the details of proposals within those regions.

A dropdown menu allows users to adjust the information displayed on the map. Users can view the feedstock used to produce clean hydrogen, the main end uses of hydrogen, or the type of partnership for a hub. The presence of a given hub characteristic is shaded green; the absence of a characteristic is shaded red. Areas shaded grey indicate that information about the hub is too sparse to indicate the presence or absence of a given characteristic.

Hovering over proposed hubs on the map will display a tooltip, which includes the name of the hub, a brief overview of the project, and the lead partner or partners in the hub. Users can also click on a hub to reveal a page with more information, including a list of publicly announced partners in the corporate, finance, government, nonprofit, and higher education sectors. Over time, more information, such as concept papers, encouragement or discouragement updates from DOE, and financial details may be announced. When such details become available, we will update these pages accordingly.

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