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Proposal for Alaska Hydrogen Hub submitted to US Department of Energy

08 November 2022

The Alaska Gasline Development Corp (AGDC) submitted a proposal for a hydrogen production hub to the US Department of Energy (DOE) on November 7. The plans envision a hub that would initially produce more than 600 tons of hydrogen per day, before eventually ramping up to over 1,600 tons per day.

Representative image: Wikimedia/User:Gillfoto
Representative image: Wikimedia/User:Gillfoto

Federal funding to create hydrogen hubs was included in the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and is expected to be awarded in late 2023 or early 2024. DOE envisions selecting six to ten hydrogen hubs and awarding up to $7 billion in federal funding to support the production and delivery of clean hydrogen energy in support of US emissions-reduction goals.

The Alaska Hydrogen Hub concept anticipates using $850 million in DOE funding along with $3.75 billion in private-sector funds, backed by offtake agreements from hydrogen customers in the US and Asia.

The Alaskan state-owned AGDC is also developing the $39 billion Alaska LNG project which would see natural gas being transported from northern Alaska across the state. It is anticipated that the Alaska Hydrogen Hub would utilise natural gas feedstock from the Alaska LNG Project and sequestering the associated carbon to initially produce more than 600 tons of hydrogen per day, before eventually growing to 1,600 tons of hydrogen per day in hub capacity.

The Alaska LNG Project demonstrated through a comprehensive lifecycle analysis that it is the lowest carbon intensity LNG project in the US. The Alaska Hydrogen Hub will support hydrogen ecosystem growth over time from Alaska’s abundant renewable energy sources, including tidal, wind, hydro, and geothermal energy, AGDC said.

Organisations supporting the AGDC-led Alaska Hydrogen Hub include Agrium US, Salamatof Native Association, Alaska CCUS Consortium (including ASRC Energy Services, Santos, and Storegga), and the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Alaska Center for Energy and Power.

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