Our region's clean energy future starts here.
Climate change is an urgent crisis. And its impact on our region will be devastating.
According to a Climate Ready DC Report, heat emergency days in DC are projected to increase from 18-20 in this decade to 30-45 by the 2050s. This will ultimately lead to costly power failures which will threaten the health of older residents and those unable to bear the cost of higher energy bills.
Over the last 90 years nuisance flooding along our riverfront has increased by more than 300%, according to NOAA. This flooding leads to increased property insurance premiums and higher costs to maintain and repair public goods such as Metro rail, electricity infrastructure, and the sewage system.
It has been reported that “...the federal government’s most recent National Climate Assessment, shows worst-case sea level rise in the Washington, D.C. region could raise the rivers 11 feet by 2100.” The Potomac River has even risen about a foot since Alexandria, Virginia’s founding in 1749.
"People who are already vulnerable, including lower-income and other marginalized communities, have lower capacity to prepare for and cope with extreme weather and climate-related events and are expected to experience greater impacts... Global action to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions can substantially reduce climate-related risks and increase opportunities for these populations in the longer term."
— Fourth National Climate Assessment, Summary Findings
To create a Greater Washington where everyone can thrive, we must create a clean energy economy now.
It is imperative that the DMV region develop and adopt additional clean energy solutions to help meet climate change reduction goals and create a more prosperous and equitable future for all who live and work in the DMV. Countries like Europe and Asia are much further along in the development cycle for a hydrogen economy than the United States and we cannot afford to lose this race.
In the regional energy ecosystem, hydrogen can be one of those valuable solutions.
Hydrogen made with renewable energy is completely carbon-free. And when you turn it into electricity, the only emission is water. It's also easy to store and transport, allowing us to use renewable energy sources to their full potential. By 2050, hydrogen has the ability to:
Help the world meet 18% of its final energy demands
Provide 30 million jobs globally
Prevent 6.5 Gt of CO2 emissions
Create a $2.5 trillion market for hydrogen and fuel cell equipment
The potential is remarkable. But, the challenges are real.
While hydrogen is a simple element, much work must be done to overcome barriers to its accelerated and widespread adoption. To be successful, we must bring together cross-sector leadership to drive policy, technology development, and implementation of hydrogen-based solutions. We must formulate a comprehensive federal and state policy framework to support and advance the hydrogen economy. And, we need massive financial investments to accelerate the transition to widespread hydrogen availability and use. Cost reductions are required in the production and storage segments to make hydrogen cost competitive.
That's where the National Capital Hydrogen Center comes in.
About the Center
With a keen understanding of hydrogen's vast potential to create a clean energy future for the benefit of all who live and work in Greater Washington, Connected DMV is developing the state-of-the-art National Capital Hydrogen Center. The Center will act as the region's first central hub that will develop a comprehensive regional effort and strategy to jumpstart and accelerate market adoption of the hydrogen market in the DMV.
The Center will leverage work from Hydrogen Centers of excellence from around the country and harness the expertise and deep sector relationships of a cross-sector group of leaders from government, industry, academia, community to bring this complex and monumental vision to life. At the core of the Center's mission is the belief that hydrogen-based solutions will be a complement, not a replacement for other climate change efforts like electrification and energy efficiency.
Every good project starts with a blueprint. Or, in our case, a greenprint.
The first key project of the National Capital Hydrogen Center will be the DMV Hydrogen Greenprint for how hydrogen can be produced, transported, distributed and utilized throughout the DMV region. The greenprint has two main components: an analysis and a plan.
The analysis puts numbers to the opportunity: how much hydrogen could be produced in our region? How much could be consumed? What would be the financial investment required? What would the climate outcomes be? What would the social and economic outcomes of undertaking this work, especially among our most vulnerable neighbors?
The plan is an engineering proposal to map how to bring a hydrogen infrastructure to the region — where you would site the various components of hydrogen infrastructure and at what size and for what reason.
The second key project of the National Capital Hydrogen Center is an ambitious, 3-5 year project called H2DMV, an end-to-end project that includes production, transportation, storage, distribution and use of hydrogen. It will deliver the benefits of integrating hydrogen into the DMV's regional energy future, in such areas as transportation and power resiliency.
H2DMV is a collaboration of a broad range of market-leading businesses, progressive policymakers, and forward-thinking educational institutions in Greater Washington.
The Center At a Glance
Launching the Strategy Phase of the National Capital Hydrogen Center, including the definition of the Center and its lead projects, the DMV Regional Greenprint and H2DMV will cost $2 million and be funded by government, industry, academia, community and philanthropy.
Richard Moore | Initiative Lead
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
The 2030 Group
Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
Dr. Andrew Flagel
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Dr. Sunita Styapal
Together, we can build a cleaner future for Greater Washington.
If you're interested in getting involved or learning more about sponsorships of the National Capital Hydrogen Center and the DMV Hydrogen Greenprint and H2DMV projects, get in touch with us today.