As the world undergoes a massive transition toward clean energy, hydrogen offers considerable promise to decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors like heavy industry. GeekWire explores why Washington state is vying to be one of the nation’s “hydrogen hubs,” a federal designation that comes with a $1 billion boost to help develop the sector, and highlights the companies – including First Mode – that are leading the transition to a low-emission hydrogen economy.
Hydrogen is emerging as an increasingly attractive climate solution given its versatility as a fuel source, which has earned it the nickname of “Swiss Army knife” of clean energy.
Washington can tick two important boxes in its application to become a so-called H2Hub: the state has the cleanest power grid in the nation — a key consideration for producing climate friendly hydrogen — and it’s home to companies and government agencies that are eager to use the fuel. That includes green aviation, trucking and maritime interests, agriculture, ports, retail and tech companies. Plus Washington has scientific expertise from universities and institutions.
“We are very bullish on our H2Hub opportunity,” said Brian Young, clean technology sector lead at the Washington State Department of Commerce.
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