Energy Dept Investing $20M to Extract Underground Hydrogen

Sept. 8, 2023
Underground hydrogen is a clean, renewable resource that continuously forms under the Earth’s surface and accumulates in underground traps

To boost carbon-free energy production in the U.S., the Energy Department is providing $20 million in funding to discover more efficient methods of extracting and stimulating the production of underground hydrogen.

Underground hydrogen is a clean, renewable resource that is produced when water under the Earth’s surface reacts with iron minerals at elevated temperatures and pressures. According to researchers, these “water-rock reactions deep within the Earth continuously generate hydrogen, which percolates up through the crust and sometimes accumulates in underground traps.”

Underground hydrogen is becoming the topic of many conversations not only because of its potential to become the most cost-effective fuel but also because the extraction method utilizes standard drilling techniques used throughout the oil and gas industry.

The funding program, which supports the Biden Administration’s goals of boosting carbon-free energy production in the U.S., offers advantages to emerging companies such as Koloma, which has received public support from Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Koloma and others are already conducting test drilling operations throughout the Midwest region. 

About the Author

Breanna Sandridge, Senior Editor

Breanna Sandridge is senior editor for EnergyTech and Microgrid Knowledge, both part of the energy group at Endeavor Business Media.

Prior to that, Breanna was managing editor for Machinery Lubrication and Reliable Plant magazines, both part of Noria Corp. She has two years experience covering the industrial sector.

She also is a 2021 graduate of Northeastern State University (Oklahoma) with a Bachelor's in English.