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As per Reuters, President Joe Biden of the United States disclosed on October 13 that 16 states will be granted a total of $7 billion in federal subsidies to construct “hydrogen hubs”.
These states will establish seven hubs, expected to generate thousands of job opportunities for Americans. It is anticipated that California will witness the highest increase in permanent positions, with an estimated 90,000 jobs to be created.
Hydrogen is a green fuel as it does not emit harmful pollutants associated with health issues such as asthma and heart disease. The official White House statement mentioned that the hubs collectively are expected to offset “the yearly emissions of over 5.5 million vehicles running on gasoline.”
Each hub will have a distinct role in expanding the infrastructure to support hydrogen energy across various sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, and transportation, emphasized Reuters.
The Mid-Atlantic Hub (Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey) will fabricate renewable production facilities for hydrogen, while the Appalachian Sector (West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania) aims to capitalize on its natural resources to promote low-cost clean energy.
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,[Appalachian natural gas] “Our region is well-positioned to respond to the global demand for more affordable, more dependable, cleaner energy,” stated Toby Z. Rice, president and CEO of EQT Corporation, in a communication to Battelle.org.
Heading west, the Midwest Hub (Illinois, Indiana and Michigan) will develop solutions to mitigate the adverse environmental impact of the industrial and transportation corridor, as highlighted by Reuters.
Meanwhile, the Heartland Sector (Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota) will focus partially on reducing the adverse environmental impact of fertilizer.
The Gulf Coast Hub (Texas) and the California Hub (California) received the highest funding, each being eligible for up to $1.2 billion.
Both states are concentrating on hydrogen production, with California aiming to promote environmentally friendly public transportation, trucking, and port operations, whereas Texas is utilizing natural gas with carbon capture in its production process.
With the Midwest securing the third spot with $1 billion in allocated funds, the Pacific Northwest Hub (Washington, Oregon, Montana) aims to make hydrogen more affordable by reducing energy production costs.
“Almost a century ago, Franklin Roosevelt’s Rural Electrification Act brought electricity to millions of Americans, driving substantial economic growth and prosperity,” remarked Biden in a release from the White House. “…The investments we are making today will be for our children and grandchildren what were historic events for previous generations, only even bigger.”
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