Dingell Announces Funding for Clean Hydrogen Hub in Michigan
Washington, October 13, 2023
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-06) today announced that the Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2) has been awarded up to $1 billion by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop regional supply chains for the production, distribution, and use of hydrogen in trucks and heavy-duty vehicles. The project is anticipated to create 13,600 direct jobs—12,100 construction jobs and 1,500 permanent jobs.
Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Rep. Dingell helped to pass, these regional Hydrogen Hubs will kickstart a national network of clean hydrogen producers, consumers, and connective infrastructure while supporting the production, storage, delivery, and end-use of clean hydrogen.
“The Midwest Hydrogen Hub presents an exciting opportunity for our region to advance our position as a national clean energy and technology leader, while bringing thousands of good-paying jobs to our communities,” said Dingell. “The Hydrogen Hub has the potential to power a number of sectors that matter to the Heartland, from manufacturing to transportation and will help us make meaningful progress in our work toward a clean energy economy. I’m proud to have helped secure these funds in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and will continue to work closely with Governor Whitmer and all our state and local partners to build out the Hydrogen Hub Network here in Michigan.”
“Manufacturing is a fundamental part of the Midwest region’s identity and economic prosperity. Today’s announcement will allow us to stay true to this heritage while advancing innovation to remain globally competitive in the ongoing transition to clean energy,” said Governor Whitmer. “With this landmark achievement, made possible by the Biden Administration and support of our Congressional Delegation, we are not only securing a more sustainable future for our region and state, but we are also unlocking new opportunities for job creation and economic growth.”
The Midwest Hydrogen Hub network spans Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan, with the potential to expand into other Midwestern states. Located in a key U.S. industrial and transportation corridor, the Midwest Hydrogen Hub will enable decarbonization through strategic hydrogen uses including steel and glass production, power generation, refining, heavy-duty transportation, and sustainable aviation fuel. The decarbonization of these sectors will reduce carbon emissions by approximately 3.9 million metric tons per year, improving air quality through avoided criteria pollutant emissions. The Midwest Hydrogen Hub plans to produce hydrogen by leveraging diverse and abundant energy sources, including renewable energy, natural gas, and low-cost nuclear energy.
The Michigan Infrastructure Office is working with MachH2 to build a hydrogen Truck Stop of the Future in the Detroit area. This advanced mobility project will serve Gordie Howe International Bridge traffic and establish Michigan as the ideal location for building and testing hydrogen-powered heavy-duty vehicles. The Hydrogen Truck Stop of the Future could represent emissions reductions of up to 8,250 tons of CO2 per year, the equivalent of growing 115,000 tree seedlings for 10 years.
Additionally, MachH2 will oversee the construction of a hydrogen production facility at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti.
Learn more about the Department of Energy’s Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs here.