New York Offers $16 Million in Hydrogen Grants

Funds Are Intended for Industrial Use, Fuel Cell Vehicles
hydrogen truck fueling
Grant applicants must address one of five technical challenges including hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. (Scharfsinn86/Getty images)

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New York has launched two grant programs totaling $16 million to pay for developing, testing and trial runs of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and industrial hydrogen energy projects, announced Gov. Kathy Hochul.

“New York is taking the lead to build a clean hydrogen ecosystem and growing the nascent industry,” Hochul said March 15. “As we continue to foster the green economy, advancing alternative fuels is an important way to reduce emissions economywide and create new clean energy job opportunities.”

Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the two grant programs are to promote innovation in hydrogen energy through advanced projects while also spurring hydrogen usage in industrial processes, transportation, energy storage and grid support.

Hydrogen is meant to play a key role in New York’s plan to reach 70% renewable electricity by 2030, 100% zero-emission electricity by 2040 and net zero-emission statewide by 2050.

“Meeting New York’s ambitious emissions reduction goals requires an equally bold approach to supporting innovation and new technologies, which is demonstrated by the state’s ongoing investment in clean hydrogen research and development. As the most abundant element in the universe, hydrogen is a natural solution that provides fuel for the sun and holds the same powerful potential for the clean energy transition,” said Doreen Harris, NYSERDA president and CEO.

Under the state’s Hydrogen and Clean Fuel Program, the funds are now available through an $11 million research, development and demonstration solicitation and a $5 million rolling grant offer that can provide cost sharing for entities successfully applying for federal hydrogen funding for state-based projects.

Grants from both programs can be awarded to individual entities or teams. Grant applicants must address one of five technical challenges ranging from industrial applications for hydrogen energy to hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in the following categories.

  • Develop a marketable technology product, system, strategy or service and any testing/validation of an innovation not commercially available that could result in commercializing state-made hydrogen products.
  • Demonstrate and test innovative technologies, systems, strategies or services that either need validation prior to commercialization or will be used for products available now but not accepted by industry or used much in New York.

Applications for the R&D grants are due July 15 by 3 p.m., while those for the hydrogen cost sharing grants must be submitted by 3 p.m. on June 26, 2025.

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NYSERDA has created a new partnering platform for interested parties to help them find partners to form teams to apply for these and future hydrogen grants. Its online list “Hydrogen Partners” contained 57 names of potential partners as of March 18. Interested parties may submit their information voluntarily to identify potential collaborative partners.

New York State Public Service Commission Chair Rory Christian said, “Developing new alternative fuels is a key component for our future clean-energy economy, and developing a clean-hydrogen system is part of that overall initiative. This critically needed funding through the Hydrogen and Clean Fuel Program will help develop and deploy new approaches for reducing emissions.”