A hydrogen economy and ecosystem with policy, projects and research is set to be developed in the Pacific Northwest region of the US following the release of a renewable hydrogen action plan.
The plan synthesises insights from experts and outlines a set of actions that will put the Northwest region on a shared path forward to build a powerhouse renewable hydrogen sector.
The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) released the Pacific Northwest Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan in collaboration with the Renewable Hydrogen Alliance.
Renewable hydrogen has been identified as a means to significantly decarbonise sectors in the Pacific Northwest and its production could also generate jobs and economic value for the region.
The Action Plan makes two calls to action, backed by input from nearly 50 thought leaders and industry experts.
The first call to action is to lead with projects that produce hydrogen and deliver it to customers, the second being to create a 10-Year roadmap that lays out renewable hydrogens role in the optimised energy portfolio of the future, and the steps to get there.
Rhys Roth, the plan’s primary author and founder of CSI, said, “The purpose of the Action Plan is to accelerate the deployment of RH2 in the Pacific Northwest, and realise the climate, economic, environmental and social benefits that RH2 offers the region and the planet.”
Several organisations involved in developing the plan are already undertaking significant actions to advance this deployment.
For instance, PACCAR is producing a limited number of hydrogen powered semi-trucks in partnership with Toyota as part of a research and development project.
Michael Lord, Sustainability and regulatory affairs executive engineer at Toyota Motor North America, said, “For decades, Toyota has developed hydrogen powered fuel cell electric technology, so being part of this visionary initiative has the potential to scale hydrogen in the region; thus, benefiting the economy and creating a path toward carbon neutrality.”
In addition to this, Douglas Public Utility District in Washington is installing a 5MW electrolyser that will use surplus hydroelectricity to power the regions first major renewable hydrogen production facility.
Mitsubishi Power Systems and Puget Sound Energy also recently announced an agreement to collaborate on renewable hydrogen production, storage and pipeline facilities.
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