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Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub adds industry, academic partners

| By Mary Bailey

Chemours Co. (Wilmington, Del.) has announced its involvement and support of the Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub (ARCH2), in collaboration with West Virginia and an prestigious group of corporate, non-profit, academic, and research partners. In response to the U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Department of Energy-led Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub Program, the ARCH2 hydrogen hub brings together producers, end-users, world-class technology experts, and the necessary infrastructure to advance the production, use, and delivery of hydrogen energy in Appalachia.

ARCH2’s founding partners include the State of West Virginia, EQT Corp., the nation’s largest natural gas producer, Battelle and GTI Energy, both with deep expertise executing clean energy programs for the federal government, and Allegheny Science & Technology (AST), a leading West Virginia energy technology consulting firm, have collaborated to establish a Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub in the Appalachian region, the Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub (ARCH2).

The Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub (ARCH2) is expected to be centered in West Virginia while expanding its impact, through cooperative efforts in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. The region is the ideal location for a clean hydrogen hub, due to its unique access to ample low-cost natural gas feedstock, end-user demand, workforce and technology capability, and carbon sequestration potential.

The ARCH2 team is composed of entities with operations across the Appalachian region spanning the hydrogen value chain as well as energy technology organizations, including the National Energy Technology Laboratory, consultants, academic institutions, community organizations, and NGOs that will provide commercial, technical, and programmatic leadership for the development and buildout of the hub.

Chemours’ Nafion ion-exchange materials sit at the center of both the water electrolyzers that convert renewable electricity into clean hydrogen energy and the fuel cells that deploy hydrogen energy for use in transportation and as back-up power for hospitals, buildings, and heavy industry. And as the major domestic producer of membrane technology, Chemours is proudly at the forefront of delivering this innovative and sustainable solution to our nation’s energy needs.

Besides Chemours, the companies participating in ARCH 2 are:

Air Liquide


GTI Energy

Allegheny Science & Technology


Hope Gas

American Electric Power



The Babcock & Wilcox Company


Long Ridge Energy & Power, LLC



Marathon Petroleum, including its Affiliate MPLX



Marshall University Research Corporation

Bloom Energy


Mountain Transit Authority



National Energy Technology Laboratory

Climate Smart Business Solutions


National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation



New Fortress

Cornerstone Chemical Company


Nucor Steel West Virginia

Dominion Energy





Peoples Natural Gas



Plug Power

Emerging Fuels Technology


Potomac Valley Transit Authority

Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc.


Stark Area Regional Transit Authority



General Hydrogen Corp.



TC Energy Corporation

Fairmont-Marion County Transit Authority


TRC Companies

Fidelis New Energy


Watt Fuel Cell

General Hydrogen Corp


West Virginia University

Greylock Midstream