Austin: Hydrogen demonstration facility launches in Austin, Texas

Apr 29, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

A hydrogen demonstration facility has launched in Austin, Texas and will help provide power to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) data center via a fuel cell. The project – located at the University of Texas (UT) J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin – is a collaboration between GTI Energy and its subsidiary Frontier Energy, the UT Center for Electromechanics, and about 20 industry stakeholders.

“H2@Scale in Texas builds on nearly two decades of UT leadership in hydrogen research and development. With this facility, we aim to provide the educated workforce and the engineering data needed for success,” said Michael Lewis, research scientist at the UT Austin Center for Electromechanics. “Beyond the current project, the hydrogen research facility is well-positioned for growth and impact in the emerging clean hydrogen industry.”

Sunita Satyapal, director of the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, and hydrogen program coordinator said, “We launched the H2@Scale initiative with our labs years ago to pave the way for pilot projects that help advance both clean hydrogen innovation and scale-up. I am so pleased to see this project underway to help guide future larger-scale clean hydrogen deployments and make progress on America’s clean hydrogen strategy.”