MACH2: Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub

A bold partnership for our clean energy future

Researchers have increasingly come to believe that hydrogen — the most abundant element in the universe — could be a carbon-free fuel source for the future, powering commercial vehicles, ships, and planes without harming the environment. For that to happen, however, a nationwide distribution network would need to be established.

The Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub group, a coalition of states including Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, has been working on a vision to leverage existing technology and infrastructure strengths to generate clean hydrogen. This initiative is poised to create and retain well-paying jobs, providing economic opportunities and health improvements that will benefit historically underserved communities.

The group has advanced to the final application round for the federal H2Hubs grant program, where hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake in funding support for research, production, and distribution of clean hydrogen gas.

Help lead the way in the clean energy transition.

What are the goals of MACH2™ and how will it impact residents of Southeastern PA, Southern NJ, and Delaware?

The Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub (or MACH2™) will support the production, processing, delivery, storage, and end use of clean hydrogen throughout Southeastern PA, Southern NJ, and Delaware, and leveraging union labor. It will help fuel a national clean hydrogen network that will contribute substantially to decarbonizing multiple sectors of the economy while achieving environmental justice objectives that will especially benefit disadvantaged communities.

OUR GOALS

  • Generate clean and predominantly zero-emission green and pink hydrogen to fuel the local energy economy while mitigating emissions
  • Reuse and revitalize significant existing pipeline infrastructure in a formerly industrialized and still densely populated region
  • Create and retain more than 20,000 well-paying jobs, including union jobs, and generate a new talent pipeline in the clean energy sector
  • Provide economic opportunity and health improvements that will directly benefit disadvantaged communities in line with President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative

Training

Skills training for people who want to work in the clean energy economy and people who have previously worked in the fossil fuel economy

Infrastructure

Old pipelines and refineries will be retrofitted to support the clean energy economy

Reducing Emissions

Reduced carbon emissions and damaging air particulates coming from factories, companies, and transportation sources, including SEPTA, NJ Transit, and DART buses, trains, and other vehicles

Job Creation

More wage-sustaining union jobs for people in construction, manufacturing, and other sectors

JOB CREATION GOAL

well-paying union jobs, generating a new talent pipeline in the clean energy sector

HYDROGEN CREATION GOAL

Tons of Clean Hydrogen Produced Per Day Once Fully Operational

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

MACH2™ is a multi-year project with an initial 12–18-month planning phase that will prioritize development of a Community Benefits Plan that addresses labor relations, environmental justice, diversity and equity, and community engagement. Constituencies will have a hand in shaping and benefitting from MACH2.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

MACH2™ is a multi-year project with an initial 12–18-month planning phase that will prioritize development of a Community Benefits Plan that addresses labor relations, environmental justice, diversity and equity, and community engagement. Constituencies will have a hand in shaping and benefitting from MACH2.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The MACH2 team is committed to staying in touch with the community as well as building a broader clean energy ecosystem. Check back to keep up to date on upcoming community outreach events, regional summits and conferences.  

March 11, 2024 – Clean Hydrogen for the Mid-Atlantic – What MACH2 Means for Pennsylvania

Join MACH2 and PA Governor Josh Shapiro for the second of our regional summits to learn more about the Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub and what it means for the region.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER.

Taking the next step in creating a clean hydrogen economy

Senator Chris Coons

“The Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub proposal is a win for the climate and the First State. Investments in clean hydrogen will reduce pollution in our communities, create and sustain good-paying jobs, and power our industrial and transportation sectors with safe, reliable, and clean energy. From our unparalleled innovation ecosystem and skilled union workforce, to our strong manufacturing base and existing infrastructure along the I-95 corridor, there’s no better place for a hydrogen hub than Delaware and the broader Mid-Atlantic region.”

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons,
Co-chair, Bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro. CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=125595609
“Pennsylvania must embrace its role as an energy leader, and we should leverage our skilled workforce and abundance of natural resources to become a regional clean hydrogen hub that will benefit the entire region. The Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub will reduce carbon pollution, create good-paying jobs, and spur innovation, showing the rest of the country that Pennsylvania will lead the way to a cleaner and more prosperous future.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro

Daniel Cosner

“The Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub will create green jobs and clean energy to power our economy for generations to come. The men and women of the union construction trades are proud to be partners in this major initiative that has the potential to transform our workforce and improve quality of life throughout the region.”

Southern New Jersey Building Trades Council President Daniel Cosner

Congresswoman<br />
Lisa Blunt Rochester

“Clean hydrogen projects represent that potential and possibility and the Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub proposal set forth with our regional partners is a truly exciting opportunity. Leveraging all the best aspects of our region — in particular our world-class workforce — there’s a cleaner, greener, and brighter path forward with lower emissions and better jobs.”

U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney

“The Department of Energy’s invitation is an exciting step forward toward realizing a Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub. Securing a Regional Hydrogen Hub will set us on the path toward a generational transformation in our regional energy economy where we focus on a clean energy future and create or retain thousands of high-quality jobs.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney

Building a zero-emission future together

The Mid-Atlantic region boasts an existing highly trained unionized workforce that has a depth of experience in the construction and operation of cryogenic and pressurized fuel facilities, making this region geographically advantageous for the development of a clean hydrogen hub. The Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub will contribute to a national clean hydrogen network across the U.S. and lead us to a diverse and innovative zero-emission energy economy.

MACH2’s Benefactors

Delaware Prosperity Partnership
DESCA
State of DE
University of Delaware
State of PA

MACH2’s Industry Anchor Partners

MACH2™’s leadership team hosted a public kick-off event in October 2022 that attracted 90+ attendees from energy, communications, transportation, labor, and industry, as well as leaders from educational and research institutions, environmental justice organizations, and government offices. Interested parties were invited to submit RFIs outlining their interest in becoming project partners. Among MACH2™’s anchor partners are the following companies:
Air Liquide
Bloom Energy logo
Braskem
Chesapeake Utilities
City of Philadelphia
Croda
DART
Delaware River Stevedores
DuPont Company
Enbridge
Hilco Redevelopment Partners
Holtec Government Services
Messer
PBF Energy
PGW
PSE&G
sHYp
SEPTA
Versogen

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