Washington, D.C. (July 15, 2021) — Last week, the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) submitted a response to the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Program’s Request for Information, providing information about green hydrogen development and deployment. In June, Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm launched the DOE’s Energy Earthshots Initiative to accelerate breakthroughs of more abundant, affordable, and reliable clean energy solutions within the decade. The first Energy Earthshot is the Hydrogen Shot and seeks to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen by 80% to $1 per kilogram in the next decade.
Developing green hydrogen and reducing deployment costs will be critical to solving climate change and ensuring that the U.S. is a global leader in developing renewable thermal technologies and that U.S. companies secure any competitive advantages from being early adopters of renewable thermal technologies. A focused effort on green hydrogen development can help to overcome technical barriers, reduce costs for deployment, and achieve significant emissions reductions from the industrial and buildings sectors.
RTC members have ambitious emissions reductions targets and urgently require renewable solutions for their thermal energy emissions. Green hydrogen is a promising solution but faces numerous barriers that need to be resolved as quickly as possible. DOE’s support of green hydrogen research and development can help to solve these and other challenges thermal energy buyers currently face.
Read the full response here.