Greater New Orleans Development Foundation
Coalition Lead Applicant: Greater New Orleans Development Foundation
Project Title: H2theFuture: A Transformative Energy Cluster Strategy to Decarbonize the South Louisiana Industrial Corridor
Region (applicant-defined): South Louisiana
Cluster Sector(s): Energy and Resilience
H2theFuture, led by the Greater New Orleans Development Foundation, aims to build a green hydrogen energy cluster to decarbonize the South Louisiana industrial corridor. If provided an implementation grant, the coalition proposes to coordinate and execute five interrelated projects to support the H2theFuture strategy to catalyze the green hydrogen cluster's growth. The projects include: the Preparing Our Workforce for Energy Renewal training program; Green Hydrogen End-to-End Pilot Program; Net-Zero Business Development; Innovation by Air, Land & Sea, three R&D infrastructure projects in green hydrogen, carbon utilization and sequestration, and naval engineering; and the New Energy Institute of America, which will be a physical hub of the green hydrogen cluster to coordinate stakeholders and incubate clean energy startups. The coalition’s goals in South Louisiana are: 1.) to preserve traditional energy jobs in lower-carbon applications, 2.) to train future workers for new clean energy jobs; and 3.) to do so in a way that remedies historical economic, environmental, and social inequities.