Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub Wins $750 Million Federal Grant

Delaware/Pennsylvania/New Jersey Clean Energy Collaboration Will Bring 10,000 New Jobs to Region

The Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub (MACH2) has been approved for $750 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs Program – one of just seven hubs so funded nationwide.

MACH2 aims to reduce pollution – particularly for frontline communities experiencing the “first and worst” environmental consequences – and advance clean energy. With a network of hydrogen producers, consumers and infrastructure throughout Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey, MACH2 will create more than 10,000 jobs in the production, delivery and use of zero-emission green and pink hydrogen for industrial, transportation and agricultural uses. It also will further Delaware’s prominence in the clean energy economy.

According to Delaware Governor John Carney, who co-chairs the Delaware Prosperity Partnership (DPP) Board of Directors, Delaware companies and institutions already have led on hydrogen and now will play a key role in this initiative.

Photo illustration by David Barczak

“This is a big deal,” Carney said. “Hydrogen is a clean fuel of the future, one of the ways we can pollute less. Our region has been chosen for a federal infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars that will create thousands of jobs and show how hydrogen can be made, transported and used in a real-world way. When we have talked about the opportunities for Delaware from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law championed by President Biden and our Congressional delegation, this has been one of the big ones, and we got it. I’m looking forward to getting to work with our partners in the region.”

Dora Cheatham and the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Association (DESCA) were among the critical organizations that spearheaded development of the winning proposal and public-private regional collaboration structures. Delaware partners – including DPP – worked alongside entities in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey on this winning plan. DPP, a proud member of the MACH2 collective, was able to financially support the more than year-long process that will have a substantive impact in Delaware and region for years to come. The October 13 announcement is another milestone in furthering DPP’s mission of advancing prosperity for all Delawareans.

“The exciting news coming from the Department of Energy about MACH2’s selection as one of our nation’s hydrogen hubs is great for the region and tremendous for the State of Delaware,” said CSC President and CEO Rod Ward, who co-chairs the DPP Board with Governor Carney. “DPP’s investment in the initiative made a lot of sense at the onset of the process. That forethought will help advance our region’s economic and environmental goals, positively impact families who live in environmentally challenged neighborhoods and provide more well-paying jobs for individuals who are part of our state’s workforce.”

The White House release about the grant awards is here

Additional details about MACH2 are here

An article about the University of Delaware’s role in the initiative is here

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