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Hydrogen Fuel Funding to Benefit Lowell Company

Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-06) announced that five companies in Massachusetts’ Third Congressional District were awarded a total of $94,512,137 in federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to support the creation and deployment of American-made hydrogen, a clean fuel that emits only water when consumed through a fuel cell.

Among those companies is AvCarb, a world leader in the development and production of advanced carbon materials, located on Industrial Avenue in Lowell.

“Massachusetts is leading the way in the fight for a clean energy future. This federal funding will bolster the cutting edge research, development, and manufacturing happening at hydrogen facilities across the Third District and create good paying jobs along the way,” said Congresswoman Trahan. “I’m proud to secure this significant federal investment, and I look forward to the work ahead, including with the Healey-Driscoll administration, to make sure Massachusetts competes for and wins as much funding as possible from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”

“Massachusetts has long been home to the most cutting edge science and technology innovations, and this new federal funding will help the Commonwealth stay at the forefront of the clean energy transition,” said Senator Warren. “We secured these investments into hydrogen facilities to help bolster manufacturing, create good jobs here at home, and protect the next generation by working to address the climate crisis.”

“Massachusetts companies are second to none when it comes to scientific innovation. I’m thrilled to see $94.5 million of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding was awarded to the Commonwealth to develop the technologies powering our transition to a green economy. This investment in the clean energy sector will create jobs across Massachusetts and is essential to helping America stay in the leading edge of climate innovation,” said Congressman Moulton.

The funding announced today is allocated from two separate programs created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help drive down the costs and increase availability of clean hydrogen that can be used to fuel hydrogen-powered technologies, including vehicles. The Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing Recycling Program invests federal funding to help advance the hydrogen technologies necessary to create this carbon free fuel. The Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis, Manufacturing, and Recycling Program supports efforts to commercialize and deploy clean hydrogen fuel using electrolyzers, which are used to create hydrogen from water.

“These awards are an important recognition of the thriving and innovative clean hydrogen industry that’s taking root here in Massachusetts,” said Governor Maura T. Healey. “We’re grateful to the Biden-Harris administration for their historic investment in clean energy and our congressional delegation for their steadfast advocacy for Massachusetts companies. Massachusetts is well positioned to lead the world in climatetech, and we will continue to aggressively compete for federal dollars. Our Mass Leads Act would further support companies like these as they grow and expand.”

In total, five companies received $94.5 million, including:

AvCarb, Lowell: $10,000,000
Cabot Corporation, Billerica: $5,022,943
Electric Hydrogen, Devens: $46,289,194
Nuvera Fuel Cells, Billerica: $30,000,000
Plug Power, Concord: $3,200,000

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these projects as well as nearly fifty others across the nation supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will enable the domestic manufacturing of 14 gigawatts of fuel cells each year, which is enough to power 15 percent of medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold annually. They will also support the production of 1.6 million tons of clean hydrogen per year.

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