PA Wants to Be a Leader in Hydrogen and Clean Energy Manufacturing

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PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania is looking to become a leader in hydrogen and clean energy manufacturing. Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Acting Secretary Neil Weaver highlighted the commonwealth’s goals at an event celebrating Manufacturing Week.

Governor Tom Wolf has proclaimed October 7-14, 2022 as Manufacturing Week to celebrate Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry. “Pennsylvania is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of developing new hydrogen technology that will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and bring 21st-century jobs to the commonwealth,” Secretary Weaver said.

Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to establish Pennsylvania as a regional clean hydrogen hub is a step towards mitigating the effects of climate change. Hydrogen is a clean-burning fuel that can be used in a variety of industries, including transportation, power generation, and manufacturing. The use of hydrogen as an energy source will help to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which are the main drivers of climate change.

Additionally, the development of hydrogen infrastructure will create new jobs and economic opportunities in Pennsylvania. The state has the potential to become a national leader in the production and use of clean hydrogen, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides the perfect opportunity to make this a reality.

Hydrogen is expected to play a crucial role in the larger energy transition to cleaner and more renewable energy sources. It is significantly more energy-rich than natural gas and can be burned without carbon dioxide or methane emissions. Its high energy potential means that hydrogen can be used for powering vehicles, energy-intensive industrial processes like making steel, and much more. It is often produced as part of the process of natural gas production, but when combined with carbon capture technology, it can provide significant energy resources with a fraction of the emissions of fossil fuels.

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For more information about the Department of Community and Economic Development, visit the DCED website.

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