Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $1,250,000 from the Department of Energy (DOE) for a hydrogen research project through the West Virginia University Research Corporation. This project advances the production of next-generation clean hydrogen technologies and supports DOE’s recently announced Hydrogen Energy Earthshot initiative to reduce the cost and accelerate breakthroughs in the clean hydrogen sector.
“West Virginia University continues to utilize our state’s vast natural gas resources to tackle some of the toughest challenges in industrial research, including by developing clean, innovative ways to produce hydrogen – a fuel that’s increasingly important to our economy and has potential to decarbonize our energy systems, industrial processes, and the transportation sector,” said Senator Joe Manchin, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “Today’s announcement is further acknowledgement of the importance of the groundbreaking research conducted by WVU’s students and faculty and the ongoing partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and National Energy Technology Laboratory. I’m thrilled to see the National Energy Technology Laboratory continue to invest in WVU and I will continue to push for funding that supports research projects in the Mountain State.”
“It’s critical we support an all-of-the-above approach and invest in a variety of technologies, including hydrogen,” said Senator Shelley Moore Capito. “West Virginia University’s top-notch facilities, students and faculty, and research capacity make it a perfect place to make the most of this investment to develop and accelerate breakthroughs in clean energy.”