An important advantage to using hydrogen as an energy carrier is that it can be produced from a variety of abundant and domestic resources. DOE is evaluating and supporting the development of multiple production pathways that result in zero or near-zero greenhouse gas emissions. To meet initial lower volume needs with the least capital investment, near-term research is focused on distributed production from natural gas or renewable liquid fuel reforming and small-scale water electrolysis. Other production pathways, such as photolytic and high-temperature thermochemical technologies, for example, require long-term research.
The following resources provide details about DOE-funded hydrogen production research.
- Annual Merit Review
- Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report
- Annual Progress Report
- Research Plans
For more information about DOE hydrogen production activities, please see: