The Clean Hydrogen Future Coalition (CHFC) was founded to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders under a shared vision to promote clean hydrogen as a key pathway to achieve global decarbonization objectives while also increasing U.S. global competitiveness.
With over 20 leading stakeholder and industry participants, the Clean Hydrogen Future Coalition represents a diverse group of energy companies, labor unions, utilities, NGOs, equipment suppliers, and project developers who are committed to the advancement of a net zero CO2 economy that is supported by infrastructure across the supply chain to fully scale net zero clean hydrogen production and use in the U.S.
To catalyze a clean hydrogen industry in the United States, CHFC is identifying specific actions that the U.S. can undertake to scale the full supply chain for clean hydrogen production, transport, storage, and use, as well as the technology development and infrastructure needs across multiple sectors.
The CHFC aims to support policies that that will catalyze investments in the full value chain of clean hydrogen economy, as well as those that address the technology development and infrastructure needs that will scale a clean hydrogen economy in the U.S.
Federal Policy Needs
For clean hydrogen to become a reality, it will be necessary for federal policymakers to recognize the role that clean hydrogen will play in decarbonization objectives and that all forms of production and use are critical to scale clean hydrogen. A recent report from IEA called the “Future of Hydrogen” recommends the following policy approaches as being critical to scale clean hydrogen:
Federal Clean Hydrogen Policy
- Establish a role for clean hydrogen in long-term energy and climate strategies so private sector firms and investors have a clear picture of the future landscape.
- Stimulate commercial demand for clean hydrogen in order to drive investments into the technologies and infrastructure that underpin the supply chain. Scaling up supply chain investments will drive cost reductions in clean hydrogen production, transportation and use.
- Address investment risk for first movers, which is the most risky time on the deployment curve for new energy technologies. Providing targeted incentives for clean hydrogen production and use will reduce financial risk and attract investment.
- Support technology development to bring down costs, which will be necessary to lower costs and improve performance for new clean hydrogen technologies.
Hydrogen is an Energy Superstar
Modeling by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and others predicts that global climate mitigation efforts will fall short of the 2°C target unless the world’s energy system — from power generation to all end-use sectors — undertakes substantial technological changes. One of the most viable technology pathways that international climate modeling authorities have identified for meeting those climate targets is clean hydrogen.
Clean hydrogen is a game changer and has the ability to accelerate decarbonization across all sectors of the U.S. economy, as well as transition existing — and create new — skilled, high paying jobs needed to support the clean energy transition. Multiple domestic industries have identified clean hydrogen as a critical component of their strategy for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emission targets. In addition to the wide range of applications and potential for significant future demand, clean hydrogen can also be used to store energy over long periods of time, as well as move and deliver energy to where it is needed, making it a highly versatile, clean energy resource.
Clean hydrogen can be produced from a diverse range of low-carbon energy sources. Its potential supply includes production from renewable electricity, biomass, nuclear, and fossil fuels combined with carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS).
Hydrogen can be used to store, move, and deliver low carbon or carbon neutral energy to where it is needed. It can be transported as a gas by pipelines or in liquid form by ships, much like liquefied natural gas (LNG). It can be stored as a liquid, gas, or chemical compound such as ammonia.
There are a wide range of applications where the use of hydrogen is either growing or has the potential for significant future demand. Clean hydrogen can be used as a feedstock or a replacement fuel in a number of industries, including petroleum refining, ammonia for fertilizer production, food and pharmaceutical production, metals and steel manufacturing, and in nearly all forms of transportation, including air, ship and rail. Hydrogen can also be converted to energy through engines, turbines, and fuel cells, or through hybrid approaches such as integrated combined cycle gasification and hydrogen turbines. Clean hydrogen is one of the leading, lowest cost options for storing energy from renewables, as it can be stored onsite and electricity from clean hydrogen can be dispatched on demand over long durations and can extend through seasonal demand needs.