Discussions around the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) efforts in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector today continued at the virtual Green Hydrogen Visions for the West Conference.
Sunita Satyapal, Director of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office at DOE, told attendees, “This is such an exciting time for hydrogen and fuel cells.”
“We’ve passed one gigawatt in terms of global shipments, we’re seeing so much growth for electrolysers, the number of hydrogen-powered vehicles has doubled in just one year and we’re almost at 500 stations.”
Following on from Daniel Simmons’ talk during day one of the two-day event, Satyapal detailed the department’s Integrated Hydrogen Program, as well as its [email protected] efforts.
“DOE was very excited to launch the Integrated Hydrogen Program Plan,” she told attendees. “It is a strategic plan where we co-ordinate across all the offices within DOE and work with many in the industry, as well as state and local governments.”
“Our vision for hydrogen right now is on the national stage, and is really about enabling a prosperous future for the nation, in which clean hydrogen technologies are affordable, widely available and reliable.”
Of course, in order for the uptake of such technologies to happen, the price has to be right and these innovations have to be competitive in order for both the general public and industries to show great interest.
Commenting on that, Satyapal said, “We have very rigorous targets for what’s needed to be competitive. We’re really going to be mobilising our efforts on getting those costs down, whether it’s for fuel cells, hydrogen or electrolysers.”
Moving away from the department’s Hydrogen Program Plan, Satyapal then went on to recap the main points DOE’s [email protected] efforts. One of the key topics of yesterday’s talks, the strategy hopes to scale up technologies, continue research and development and address enablers such as codes and standards in order to scale up.
“For the first time, we have very detailed analysis on resource availability and demand potential,” she told the audience.
Before wrapping up her presentation, Satyapal identified the locations and capacities of PEM electrolysers across the US, something which she said had been requested frequently.
Sharing a snapshot of a map (pictured below), she said, “I’m happy to unveil for the Green Hydrogen Coalition conference the snapshot based on the manufacturer input of where the PEM electrolyser capacity is today. We’re currently over 13MW and will continue to update this information.”
“Now more than ever, we need all the stakeholders, investors, researchers, government, industry and end-users to really bring everyone together. It’s really about collaborating and making it happen.”