By Amanda Drane
Houston Chronicle, May 4,2023
The likelihood that Houston will host one of the nation’s federally funded hydrogen hubs is increasing following steps by the Department of Energy to winnow the field of contenders.
The DOE selected three Texas hydrogen hubs – including two in Houston – to submit applications for a piece of the $7 billion pie the agency has set aside for the development of hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuel.
The funds would offer a boost to a region already poised to lead in hydrogen, a cleaner-burning gas that many of Houston’s energy companies see as key to their efforts to decarbonize their operations. The hubs would be in places with abundant natural gas reserves and would test ways to produce and use hydrogen.
The three Texas proposals are among 33 projects still in the running for DOE funding, down from 79 submitted last year. As many as 10 hubs could be chosen to receive the money.
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