On May 22, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $42 million in funding for 22 projects to advance critical technologies for producing, storing, and deploying clean hydrogen. DOE also announced $17.8 million to establish a North American university research consortium that will help states and Tribal communities implement grid resilience programs and achieve decarbonization goals. By advancing the performance and cost of clean-hydrogen technologies while supporting grid resilience and decarbonization, DOE continues to make strides toward President Biden's goal of a 100% clean electrical grid by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Selection for award negotiations is not a commitment by DOE to issue an award or provide funding. Before funding is issued, DOE and the applicants will undergo a negotiation process, and DOE may cancel negotiations and rescind the selection for any reason during that time.  

Selectee Name

(City, State)

Project Title

Federal Share (approx.)

TOPIC 1: Solar Fuels from Photoelectrochemical (PEC) and Solar Thermochemical (STCH) Water Splitting

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ Inverse Design of Perovskite Materials for Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen Production $1 million
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA Demonstration of a Robust, Compact Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Generator

$1 million

University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO Non-Intermittent, Solar-Thermal Processing to Split Water Continuously via a Near-Isothermal, Pressure-Swing Redox Cycle

$1 million

University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO Accelerated Discovery and Development of Perovskites for Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen Production

$1 million

Yale University

New Haven, CT >200 cm2 Type-3 PEC Water Splitting Prototype Using Bandgap-Tunable Perovskite Tandem and Molecular-Scale Designer Coatings $1 million
University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI Semi-Monolithic Devices for Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production $1 million


Northborough, MA Scalable Solar Fuels Production in A Reactor Train System by Thermochemical Redox Cycling of Novel Nonstoichiometric Perovskites $1 million
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Gallium Nitride (GaN) Protected Tandem Photoelectrodes for High Efficiency, Low Cost, and Stable Solar Water Splitting

$1 million

Washington University in St. Louis Saint Louis, MO Ca-Ce-Ti-Mn-O-Based Perovskites for Two-Step Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen Production Cycles

$1 million

The University of Toledo Toledo, OH All-Perovskite Tandem Photoelectrodes for Low-Cost Solar Hydrogen Fuel Production from Water Splitting

$1 million

Rice University Houston, TX Scalable Halide Perovskite Photoelectrochemical Cell Mini Modules with 20% Solar-to-Hydrogen Efficiency and 1,000 hours of Diurnal Durability


Funding for the HydroGEN Laboratory Consortium to provide technical assistance to TOPIC 1 projects: $8.3 million

TOPIC 1 Total: $19.2 million

TOPIC 2: Development and Validation of Sensor Technology for Monitoring and Measuring Hydrogen Losses

Indrio Technologies Inc. San Jose, CA Multipass Palladium Optical Cavities for ppb-Level Quantification of Hydrogen Concentrations

$1.1 million

Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated Palo Alto, CA DEtection system Comprising Inexpensive Printed sensor arrays for Hydrogen gas Emission monitoring and Reporting (DECIPHER)

$1.5 million

University of Georgia

Athens, GA The Electrical Hydrogen Sensor Technology with a Sub-Minute Response Time and a Part-per-Billion Detection Limit for Hydrogen Environmental Monitoring $1.5 million
Iowa State University Ames, IA Sensing Hydrogen Losses at 1 ppb-Level for Hydrogen-Blending Natural Gas Pipelines

$1.5 million

Oakland University Rochester, MI Real-Time Ionic Liquid Electrochemical Sensor for Highly Sensitive and Selective Hydrogen Detection

$1.5 million

General Electric Company Niskayuna, NY Hydrogen Loss Quantification Technology Enabled by Networked Dielectric Excitation Gas Sensors

$1.5 million

TOPIC 2 Total: $8.6 million

TOPIC 3: Materials-based Hydrogen Storage Demonstrations

GKN Hydrogen Corp.

Carlsbad, CA Metal Hydride Hydrogen Storage Supporting Onsite Hydrogen Infrastructure at WGL/Washington Gas $2 million
OCO Inc. Richland, WA Formic Acid-Based Hydrogen Energy Production and Distribution System (Formic-HEPADS)

$2.5 million

TOPIC 3 Total: $4.5 million

TOPIC 4: M2FCT- High Performing, Durable, Low-PGM Catalysts and Membrane Electrode Assemblies for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Applications

University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA Advanced Low-PGM Cathode Catalysts with Self-Healing Properties for High Performing and Highly Durable MEAs

$3 million

General Motors LLC Pontiac, MI Design of Catalyst Nanostructures and Interfaces for Enhanced Durability in Low-PGM HD Fuel Cell MEA

$3 million

State University of New York at Buffalo Amherst, NY Designing Highly Durable Ternary PtCoM Intermetallic Catalysts on Advanced Support for Heavy-Duty MEAs

$3 million

TOPIC 4 Total: $9 million

TOPIC 5: The University Research Consortium for Grid Resilience (URCGR)

Stanford University Stanford, CA An Equitable, Affordable & Resilient Nationwide Energy System Transition (EARNEST)

$17.8 million

TOPIC 5 Total: $17.8 million