New York Launches $14 Million Initiative to Accelerate Clean Hydrogen Research and Innovation

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(WNY News Now) – Governor Kathy Hochul has unveiled a $14 million initiative aimed at advancing clean hydrogen research, development, and demonstration projects, marking a significant step toward decarbonization efforts and achieving ambitious climate goals.

Albany, NY – Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a comprehensive initiative with a budget of nearly $14 million to drive the advancement of clean hydrogen research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects. The program’s inaugural funding round will allocate up to $8 million for projects that tackle the challenges of decarbonizing industrial process heat while also propelling clean hydrogen production and its integration with renewable energy sources. This move aligns with the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act objectives, aiming to slash emissions by 85 percent before 2050 and ensure a full transition to zero-emission electricity by 2040.

“New York State is at the forefront of propelling clean hydrogen technologies, and we are resolute in our commitment to lead the way in this emerging industry,” stated Governor Hochul. She emphasized that by fostering innovative advancements in the hydrogen sector, New York aims to cement its leadership position in shaping this alternative fuel’s development. This pursuit not only contributes to emissions reduction but also establishes a foundation for future job creation, a sustainable economy, and a healthier New York for future generations.

In the initial round of funding, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is inviting applications from single entities or teams to vie for financial support across two distinct technical challenge domains. These domains encompass hydrogen applications for decarbonizing industrial process heat, as well as clean hydrogen production harmonized with renewable energy systems.

The application window for the first round of funding will remain open until 3:00 p.m. on October 23, 2023. Further information and relevant documents can be accessed on NYSERDA’s official website.

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