Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2) Attending and Networking with Industry Leaders at CES 20204

MachH2 is leading the clean hydrogen industry to deliver high-quality jobs, improved air quality, public health improvements, and economic development to the Midwest

LAS VEGAS, NV (January 8, 2024) —The Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2) is excited to announce its participation in the highly anticipated CES 2024 event in Las Vegas this week. MachH2 is set to showcase its cutting-edge clean hydrogen hub and contribute to the discourse surrounding the future of sustainable energy.

“CES 2024 is one of the most powerful tech events in the world and the perfect venue for a whole range of industries to connect and expand on the promise of clean energy – especially clean hydrogen,” said Neil Banwart, Chief Integration Officer, MachH2. “When made with clean energy, hydrogen is an essential resource for reducing emissions from multiple difficult-to-decarbonize sectors of the economy, including manufacturing, aviation, agriculture, and long-haul transportation, among others. That’s why our hub is here in Las Vegas. We are eager to engage with industry leaders across a range of sectors at CES, allowing us to expand the work of our hub and scale the production, distribution, and consumption of clean hydrogen.” 


Event Details:

  • Date: January 9-12
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST
  • Location: CES 2024, Las Vegas
  • Booth Number: Exhibit Space #5901, LVCC West Hall 

Discover the Future of Clean Energy: Attendees are invited to visit MachH2’s booth to explore the world of clean hydrogen and learn about the latest advancements in hydrogen technology. From sustainable fuel solutions to groundbreaking innovations, MachH2 is committed to driving positive change in the clean hydrogen industry and helping meet our nation’s goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Engage with Industry Experts: MachH2 experts will be on hand to engage with visitors, providing a window into our hub’s work and the pivotal role of hydrogen in shaping a clean energy future. Whether you’re a seasoned industry professional or a curious enthusiast, MachH2 welcomes all attendees to join the conversation and learn about the transformative potential of clean hydrogen.

Connect with MachH2: Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #MachH2 to stay updated on the latest news on our hub and insights from the CES 2024 event. MachH2 looks forward to fostering connections with individuals, organizations, and industry leaders who share a common vision for a more sustainable tomorrow.

Made up of more than 70 public and private entities representing every phase in the hydrogen value chain, MachH2 members are united in a shared vision to create an immediately scalable hydrogen hub in the Midwest that deploys the region’s abundant carbon-free and low-carbon energy to create a clean hydrogen economy and reduce emissions across multiple heavy emitting sectors. A list of alliance members is available here.

MachH2 was selected in October 2023 as one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) seven clean hydrogen hubs. The hub anticipates the award negotiation period with the DOE to continue for the next several months.

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About MachH2: MachH2 is a multi-state coalition of public and private entities representing every phase in the hydrogen value chain. The alliance includes a cross section of carbon-free and low-carbon energy producers, clean energy developers, hydrogen technology providers, utilities, major manufacturers, national labs and leading hydrogen technology development and deployment institutions, world-class universities, and groups focused on environmental justice. Learn more at MachH2.com. 

Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2) Selected as Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub by U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED)

MachH2, clean hydrogen industry will deliver high-quality jobs, improved air quality, public health improvements, and economic development to the Midwest

CHICAGO (October 13, 2023) — Today, the Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2) announced it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) to develop a Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub (H2Hub). DOE’s H2Hubs will kickstart a national network of clean hydrogen producers, consumers, and connective infrastructure while supporting the production, storage, delivery, and end-use of clean hydrogen. Funded by President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the H2Hubs will accelerate the commercial-scale deployment of clean hydrogen—helping generate clean, dispatchable power, create a new form of energy storage, and decarbonize heavy industry and transportation. Together, they will also reduce 25 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from end-uses each year—an amount roughly equivalent to combined annual emissions of 5.5 million gasoline-powered cars—and create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs across the country while supporting healthier communities and strengthening America’s energy security. 

“This is a historic day for MachH2 and the entire Midwest,” said Dr. Dorothy Davidson, CEO of MachH2. “Our hub and the region bring an unparalleled supply of clean energy, significant regional hydrogen demand, heavy industry, and an ideal location at the crossroads of America – all of which was recognized by the DOE’s selection of MachH2. Our hub will scale the production and delivery of abundant, reliable, and increasingly affordable clean hydrogen to support our national climate goals in the coming decade, all while creating jobs and lifting up underrepresented communities that have been overburdened by pollution.”
“Unlocking the full potential of hydrogen—a versatile fuel that can be made from almost any energy resource in virtually every part of the country—is crucial to achieving President Biden’s goal of American industry powered by American clean energy, ensuring less volatility and more affordable clean energy options for American families and businesses,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “With this historic investment, the Biden-Harris Administration is laying the foundation for a new, American-led industry that will propel the global clean energy transition while creating high quality jobs and delivering healthier communities in every pocket of the nation.” 

“I couldn’t be prouder that once again, Illinois and the Midwest will be leading the way in equity-conscious clean energy development through the construction of a major hydrogen production and distribution hub,” said Illinois Governor JB Pritzker. “When I signed the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act in 2019, it was with this sort of collaborative, economically sound manufacturing and expansion in mind, and we are seeing the results of those efforts play out every day. We’re grateful that the Biden administration has recognized our regional strength in workforce, education, and innovation, and look forward to working with MachH2 and our neighboring states to continue this project.”

“I congratulate the MachH2 team for a successful application and award from the DOE, and Indiana is excited to partner with the MachH2 consortium,” Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “Indiana and the Midwest at large possesses all the components critical for a successful and inclusive hydrogen economy. Among them, Indiana’s world-class universities that offer leading research and development and create a highly skilled workforce ready to get to work building a new hydrogen ecosystem ripe for growth.”

“The Midwest is showing the nation that by working together, we can grow our economy, create good-paying jobs, and bring business investments to our region,” said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Michigan is proud to work with our neighbors to build up our hydrogen industry and lead the future of the emerging clean energy sector. Michigan is leading the nation in clean energy and electric vehicle projects and jobs. With MachH2, we will continue reducing our emissions, improving public health outcomes, and building a brighter future for generations to come.”

MachH2 anticipates creating 13,600 direct jobs—12,100 in construction jobs and 1,500 permanent jobs. Made up of more than 70 public and private entities representing every phase in the hydrogen value chain, MachH2 members are united in a shared vision to create an immediately scalable hydrogen hub in the Midwest that deploys the region’s abundant carbon-free and low-carbon energy to create a clean hydrogen economy and reduce emissions across multiple heavy emitting sectors. A list of alliance members is available here.

When made with clean energy, hydrogen is an essential resource in meeting our nation’s goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. As an energy source, hydrogen does not emit carbon and can be used to reduce emissions from multiple difficult-to-decarbonize sectors of the economy, including steelmaking, manufacturing, aviation, agriculture, and long-haul transportation, among others. 
MachH2 submitted its full application to the DOE in April of this year. The hub anticipates the award negotiation period with the DOE to begin in the Winter of 2023-2024.

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About MachH2: MachH2 is a multi-state coalition of public and private entities representing every phase in the hydrogen value chain. The alliance includes a cross section of carbon-free and low-carbon energy producers, clean energy developers, hydrogen technology providers, utilities, major manufacturers, national labs and leading hydrogen technology development and deployment institutions, world-class universities, and groups focused on environmental justice. Learn more at MachH2.com. 


About the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) was established to accelerate clean energy technologies and fill a critical innovation gap on the path to achieving our nation’s climate goals of net zero emissions by 2050. OCED’s mission is to deliver clean energy demonstration projects at scale in partnership with the private sector to accelerate deployment, market adoption, and the equitable transition to a decarbonized energy system. Visit energy.gov/oced to learn more.

Two Chicago-Area High School Teams Compete in Hydrogen Grand Prix World Final in Las Vegas

Teams showcase their hydrogen-fueled remote-control vehicles at world-class competition

This week, two Chicago-area high school teams — Prosser Academy on the city’s northwest side and the ‘Door Knobs’ from the northwest suburbs — represented the Chicago region at the Horizon Educational’s Hydrogen Grand Prix (H2GP) World Final in Las Vegas. The Horizon H2GP World Final took place at the annual RE+ Energy Conference from September 11-14, 2023. The competition drew students from over 20 countries, each having designed and engineered their vehicles powered by hydrogen. 

The ‘Door Knobs’ are sponsored by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) through a grant from Nicor Gas. The students from these two teams designed, engineered, and constructed their hydrogen-powered, remote-control vehicles for this global competition. Nicor Gas is a member of the Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2), a coalition of parties across the hydrogen value chain who are pursuing Department of Energy funding to advance clean energy and decarbonization solutions though clean hydrogen in the Midwest. 

MachH2 sponsored the Midwest Hydrogen Grand Prix regional race in the spring, with additional member companies also engaging with other local school groups, embracing the opportunity to work within the community to mentor the students as they built the fuel-cell RC cars, as well as fostering their interest in engineering and fueling their passion for energy and the environment.

“These students are the future clean energy designers, engineers, lab technicians and inventors”, said Kamil Jelinek, CEO of Horizon Educational. “Today you’ll see them designing, engineering, constructing and racing their very own hydrogen-powered 1:10 scale cars; tomorrow they’ll be building the electrolyzers, fuel cells, solar panels and wind turbines that will power communities for decades to come”.

“The Door Knobs have shown an exceptional commitment to understanding hydrogen technology and the broader clean energy landscape,” said Meena Beyers, Nicor Gas Vice President of Community & Business Development. “We’re thrilled to support their journey to the Horizon H2GP World Final through our grant to the ISTC.”


“It is imperative for our students to engage in STEM activities that inspire them and position them to see themselves as part of the solutions being developed in climate science,” said Rebecca Goldberg, Director of ISTC Education. “Additionally, it is very encouraging to see our community, especially ISTC Board Members from Nicor and Constellation, supporting our future workforce through these unique programs and their participation as MachH2 members.”

The H2GP World Final serves as a pivotal platform for students to learn and gain practical experience in clean energy engineering, design, teamwork, and problem-solving. It aligns with MachH2’s goals, which includes preparing and empowering the next generation of the clean energy workforce.

Photos from the race are available here.

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About MachH2: MachH2 is a multi-state coalition of public and private entities representing every phase in the hydrogen value chain. The alliance includes a cross-section of carbon-free energy producers, clean energy developers, hydrogen technology providers, utilities, major manufacturers, national labs and leading hydrogen technology development and deployment institutions, world-class universities, and groups focused on environmental justice. Learn more at MachH2.com

About Horizon Educational: Founded in 2003, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies began the sale of miniature fuel cells to demonstrate the technology to schools and students around the world, while investing in R&D of more advanced products and industrial applications. In 2013, Horizon Educational Group was formed as an independent division dedicated to the deployment of a complete range of educational solutions. Horizon Educational develop, produce, and distribute hands-on teaching material and didactic equipment as well as online curricula and educational programs. With distributors in over 150 countries, the STEM kits and technical training equipment have an international reputation for quality, educational content, and award-winning design. Discover more at horizoneducational.com

Hydrogen Americas Summit, Washington, D.C., October 2-3, 2023

MachH2 member GTI Energy’s Tony Lindsay, Managing Director, Low
Carbon Energy Solutions – Infrastructure, will be moderating Session 9 at
the Hydrogen Americas Summit in Washington D.C. from October 2-3, 2023.
GTI Energy is also a proud sponsor of this summit.

The session at 2 p.m. ET on October 3, “Hydrogen Infrastructure:
Advancements in Storage, Transportation & Distribution,” will highlight
how using hydrogen for storage can improve resiliency and reduce costs
while leveraging existing pipelines and infrastructure. It will showcase
innovative new technologies, case studies, and opportunities.

Learn more and register at the Hydrogen Americas Summit website (https://www.hydrogen-americas-summit.com/).