Hochul Celebrates Round One of Funding in $14 Million Clean Hydrogen Initiative

J.M. Lesinski

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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the first round of funding for a new $14 million initiative with the goal of advancing clean hydrogen research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects throughout New York state.

“New York State is leading the nation in advancing clean hydrogen technologies and we are committed to staying ahead of the curve in this new industry,” Hochul remarked of the funding. “Through our support for emerging innovation in the hydrogen field, we are solidifying our leadership position in developing this alternative fuel to help reduce emissions, create the jobs of the future in our state, and secure a healthy and sustainable New York for generations to come.”

The first round of funding consists of approximately $8 million of the $14 million total, with round two expected to open later this year with an estimated $5.8 million available to build off round one. Applicants will be vetted via technical proposals to be evaluated by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in the following categories: Category A: Feasibility and Research Studies, Category B: Product Development, Category C: Pilot and Demonstration Projects, and Category D: Federal Cost Share Projects.

“New York is fostering a clean-hydrogen ecosystem that supports our emissions reduction goals while advancing the technology needed to scale this growing and impactful resource,” stated NYSERDA President and CEO and Climate Action Council Co-Chair Doreen M. Harris of the funding. “Each project awarded will become a part of the State’s holistic plan to support the exploration of hydrogen as a resource while advancing the development of a connected network of projects across the state – from production and manufacturing to end use –that will increase job opportunities, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and help us better integrate renewables onto the grid.”

Round one applications will officially be accepted until three in the afternoon on October 23, 2023. Applications and further information can be found here.

“The significant investment announced today to support hydrogen research and innovation is advancing New York’s efforts to reduce fossil fuel use as part of our ambitious climate agenda,” New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner and Climate Action Council Co-Chair Basil Seggos commented of the funding. “The clean hydrogen projects supported by this funding will aid New York’s transition to a clean energy economy tomorrow and help meet the State’s aggressive climate targets to ensure a cleaner, greener environment for future generations."

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