Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas Announce Hydrogen Partnership |
NORMAND, OKLA. – The governors of Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas released a joint announcement this week that the three states have entered into a bipartisan partnership to establish a regional center for the development, production, distribution and use of clean hydrogen as fuel and manufacturing raw material.
The agreement signifies the states intent to compete as a collaborative unit for funding the Department of Energy established in the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act 2021. The law directs the DOE to fund regional clean hydrogen centers – defined as a network of clean hydrogen producers, potential clean hydrogen consumers, and connecting infrastructure.
“Oklahoma is honored to join in forming this partnership, not out of convenience or necessity, but rather because we share a similar vision and goals for production, use and economic impact that can result from creating this hydrogen economy,” Oklahoma said. Governor Kevin Stitt in the announcement. “Like our partners, we believe that creating so many end-use cases for commercialization with so many private partners is the fastest and best mechanism to drive real demand for this clean energy. opportunities in Oklahoma are complementary to our partners and tailor-made for a diverse hub application to compete with others across the country.
Key to this relationship is the collaboration of the states’ top research universities – including the University of Oklahoma – who partner with industry, state and local governments, tribal governments, non-profit organizations. government, community stakeholders and others to support the research, workforce development and deployment of the hydrogen initiative.
“At its heart, this hydrogen hub will bring together stakeholders, including those from underrepresented communities, to improve new pathways for this emerging technology that will benefit Oklahoma and the nation,” said the president of OU, Joseph Harroz Jr. “Our universities are committed to working with industry leaders and citizens to produce the talent and innovation needed in areas ranging from engineering to politics to science. business – ensuring that our region is well equipped to generate strategic solutions in this rapidly developing industry.
The University of Oklahoma, in collaboration with top research universities in partner states, will create a platform to facilitate entry into the hydrogen economy, serving as a connection point between industry, civil society and regulatory bodies as well as a resource for research. , development and training. The UO effort is coordinated by the Institute for Resilient Environmental and Energy Systems (IREES) led by its director Tim Filley.
“Hydrogen is a critical success factor for the transition to a sustainable, equitable and affordable low-carbon energy future,” Filley said. “The unprecedented momentum to realize the potential of hydrogen as a clean energy solution, coupled with the resources and deep expertise of this partnership, offers immense opportunities for a regional hub to accelerate the energy transition. .
“Ultimately, the hub will serve as a test bed for innovation and facilitate entry into the hydrogen market,” he added. “IREES will mobilize the scientific, engineering, policy and training capabilities of our academic community to help accelerate the transition of our energy systems and manufacturing facilities to clean, low carbon alternatives to hydrogen. carbon.
State-level coordination in Oklahoma will be handled by the Office of the Secretary of Energy and Environment. Inquiries can be emailed to [email protected] For more information about the OU’s hydrogen hub efforts, please contact [email protected]