LSU and Partners Receive $50 Million to Transform Regional Hydrogen Energy Sector

LSU and Partners Receive $50 Million to Transform Regional Hydrogen Energy Sector

LSU’s chemical and petroleum engineering departments are working with the Greater New Orleans Development Foundation on a federally funded hydrogen and clean energy project called H2TheFuture, with the goal of transforming the regional hydrogen energy sector and shifting the south Louisiana industrial corridor towards a net-zero carbon future. The project has received $50 million from President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Plan and involves 24 other partners. LSU is involved in the testbed workstream, which is focused on capturing and transporting carbon dioxide, as well as broadening outreach to K-12 institutions to educate students on hydrogen technologies and other STEM recruiting activities.

Hydrogen as a Clean Energy Source

Hydrogen is an increasingly popular clean energy source due to its ability to produce electricity without releasing carbon dioxide. In fact, when hydrogen is burned, the only by-product is water vapor. This makes it an attractive alternative to fossil fuels which release large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. According to the International Energy Agency, hydrogen could provide up to 24% of global energy needs by 2050 and reduce global CO2 emissions by 6 gigatons per year. Additionally, hydrogen fuel cells are becoming more efficient and cost-effective, making them a viable option for powering vehicles and homes in the near future.
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