$7 billion in DOE funding Up for Grabs: Inland Empire Stratos Fuel Operating in the Same Niche

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Oct 29, 2022


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Many organizations plan to develop regional hubs that will provide clean hydrogen production, industrial use cases, and other end-uses. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) provided a draft standard for “clean” hydrogen, which gave examples of technology that could meet it. 

Teams from around the country intend to compete for $7 billion in funding from the US Department of Energy for up to 10 regional clean hydrogen hubs.

Key Takeaway:

  • DOE aims to promote low-carbon hydrogen production from various feedstocks
  • DOE has put forward an initial clean hydrogen production standard of 4 kg CO2-equivalent per kg of hydrogen.
  • California’s Inland Empire-based StratosFuel also earned $3 million from the Cal Energy Commission to build alternative fuel stations at the beginning of 2022. 

Department of Energy Promoting the Use of Clean Energy

The draught National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap from DOE includes regional hydrogen hubs as a significant component. Through regional hubs and promoting innovation, scalability, and reduced costs throughout the hydrogen supply chain, the DOE’s plan seeks to enhance the use of clean hydrogen in industry, heavy-duty transportation, and long-duration energy storage.

Ecosystem Partners From Around the State Aim to Apply for DOE’s Funding

Six Northeastern states and more than 60 clean hydrogen ecosystem partners, including EDP Renewables North America, have joined a team led by New York. They will all apply for DOE funding in one hub project. 

According to New York Governor Kathy Hochul, the team wants to create “a vibrant and connected clean hydrogen market across the Northeast.”

According to Jacob Susman’s statement, co-founder and CEO of Ambient Fuels, “The Port of Corpus Christi in Texas has everything they need for a hydrogen center.” He discussed using hydrogen to decarbonize the manufacturing of ammonia, chemicals, steel, and concrete at the RE+ conference in September. Since February, a green fuels hub has been developed by the Port of Corpus Christi Authority, Apex Clean Energy, and other stakeholders.

The group in California creating a hub for renewable hydrogen now has a network of more than 100 partners.

According to press reports, there are plans to build hydrogen hubs for the Great Plains states and the Midwest, centered in West Virginia and reaching from Oklahoma to Louisiana.

Jigar Shah, director of DOE’s Loan Programs Office, said on Twitter that his office has received “many” hydrogen applications “and looks forward to evaluating them. We also need to emphasize that the ecosystem is dominated by growth companies exporting hydrogen. We need to develop more domestic demand for clean hydrogen.”

The deadline for submission of concept papers to DOE for regional clean hydrogen hub initiatives requesting DOE funds is November 7.

Funding in Inland Empire Startup to Promote Hydrogen Production

Startempire Wire also reported the different initiatives in Southern California directed at improvising hydrogen production. At the beginning of 2022, an IE startup, StratosFuel, also received funding from the Cal Energy department for a similar purpose. 

StratosFuel Receives $3M from Cal Energy Commission to Build Alternate Fuel Stations.

StratosFuel, based out of San Bernardino, California, received $3M from Cal Energy Commission to Build Alternate Fuel Stations.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) announced a grant for “Renewable Hydrogen Transportation Fuel Production” on April 9, 2021. This grant application was an offer to support building hydrogen production facilities that will create sustainable hydrogen transportation fuel using renewable resources inside the state. 

Read Here: StratosFuel Receives $3M from Cal Energy Commission to Build Alternate Fuel Stations.

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Wrap Up!

Including EDP Renewables North America, more than 60 clean hydrogen ecosystem partners and six Northeastern states are applying for DOE funding for a hub project. Operating in the same market, Inland Empire Stratos Fuel may profit from $7 billion in DOE funds. The Great Plains and the Midwest are developing more clean hydrogen hub designs. 


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