Tuesday, 20 September 2022 14:41

Seven Midwest States Enter Hydrogen Coalition

Written by Scott McClallen, The Center Square


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Seven Midwest states entered a coalition to pursue clean hydrogen development as an alternative to gas and diesel fuel.

The governors of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin signed onto the Midwest Hydrogen Coalition. The coalition will accelerate clean hydrogen development, from production and supply chain to distribution in agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and other industries.


“The development of clean hydrogen markets will create jobs and strengthen industries across our state,” Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said in a statement. “I am proud to join a coalition that will work to expand the clean energy economy and reduce climate impacts on future generations across Minnesota and the U.S.”


The memorandum of understanding says the seven states have advantages in the production, transportation and end-use of hydrogen. The federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act gave the U.S. Department of Energy $8 billion for clean hydrogen hubs.


The M-H2 Coalition will evaluate possibly pursuing a Hydrogen Hub application. Applications are expected to open in the fall of this year. The M-H2 Coalition will develop partnerships with commercial, university, research and nonprofit organizations to a market for clean hydrogen.


Hydrogen is colorless and odorless gas. Hydrogen can be produced using renewable energy, nuclear, natural gas and coal and oil, but most hydrogen is produced nationwide via natural gas, according to the DOE.


When hydrogen is used in a fuel cell, the only byproduct created is water.


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