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President Biden dedicates $9.5bn for the hydrogen industry in $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

President Biden dedicates $9.5bn for the hydrogen industry in $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

$8bn for large-scale regional clean hydrogen hubs, $1bn for clean hydrogen electrolysis research and development and $500m in funds for clean hydrogen manufacturing and recycling: These are just some of the commitments President Joe Biden has made under a $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Signed into law on Monday (Nov 15), the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill both further solidifies that a hydrogen-fuelled future for the US and directs the federal government to develop the US’ first national roadmap and strategy – something that many other countries across the globe have already released.

Beyond the obvious hydrogen-focused provisions mentioned above, the bill also contains numerous other opportunities that will enable hydrogen energy and fuel cell technology to be deployed throughout the country’s energy and transportation systems as it strives to meet various clean energy and decarbonisation targets.

Welcoming the bill, Frank Wolak, President and CEO of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), said, “Through coordination across our broad membership, the FCHEA has long been leading the charge working with House, Senate and Administration officials on policies necessary to launch the American hydrogen economy.”

Wolak continued, “I am thrilled by the passage of this bill, which represents the strong bipartisan support for the hydrogen and fuel cell industry and the hard world of our membership. This bill demonstrates the incredible potential for creating the nation’s hydrogen economy.”

Already this year, we have seen President Biden make many hydrogen commitments. Hitting the ground running, day one of Biden’s presidency saw the US re-join the Paris Climate Agreement, following Trump’s withdrawal from the international treaty in November 2020.

In his first 100 days in office, Biden has said he will convene a climate world summit to directly engage the leaders of major greenhouse gas-emitting nations to persuade them to join the US in making more ambitious national pledges, above and beyond the commitments they have already made.

Further to that, in February, the Biden-Harris Administration said it was targeting low-cost hydrogen production as part of a newly launched Climate Innovation Work Group, and later in July we say President Biden and a bipartisan group sign an agreement that will see $550bn invested into the American infrastructure with hydrogen included.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is yet another landmark move in the US’ hydrogen journey and one that will undoubtably be welcomed by many.

Hydrogen amongst Joe Biden’s clean energy plans for the US

Just days after President Biden’s integration, H2 View spoke exclusive with Morry Markowitz, President of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), about what Biden’s plans could mean for the hydrogen industry.

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday (31st March) unveiled the American Jobs Plan, through which the US Government will invest $15bn in demonstration projects for climate research and development (R&D), including hydrogen and utility-scale energy storage.

A move that will create millions of skilled jobs and rebuild the US’ infrastructure, the President’s plan will unify and mobilise the country to meet the great challenges of our time: the climate crisis.

President Biden believes that the market-based shift toward clean energy presents enormous opportunities for the development of new markets and new industries and plans to push forward with the country’s clean energy future.

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