Governors from across the Midwest want to establish a coalition to develop a robust hydrogen market, supply chain and workforce.
Gov. Eric Holcomb was recently joined by governors from Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin in signing the Midwest Hydrogen Coalition Memorandum of Understanding (M-H2 Coalition MOU).
“Strong partnerships and collaborations with our neighbors will foster a robust hydrogen ecosystem that will spur future growth in Indiana,” said Holcomb. “The Regional Hydrogen Coalition represents an opportunity for Hoosiers to benefit from this growing industry here in the Midwest.”
There are assorted applications for hydrogen technology including use in hydrogen fuel cells, power generation and energy storage.
The M-H2 Coalition MOU will support advancing hydrogen production in the Midwest region, with little to no greenhouse gas emissions, while leveraging each participating states’ unique assets. Developing a strong Midwest hydrogen market ecosystem that reduces pollution, enhances energy security and improves public health outcomes will enable existing industries to remain globally competitive and encourage new industries to build and grow in the Midwest, officials said.
The coalition will conduct its work by employing a coordinated multi-state, multi-sector approach to developing a robust and sustainable hydrogen economy across the Midwest, informed by industry, academic and community engagement. Indiana will use its advanced manufacturing, engineering and research and development expertise to help promote diverse hydrogen production pathways throughout the Midwest region, the state said.
These innovations and opportunities will be crucial to safeguard the Midwest region’s manufacturing economy in the long term, the state said.