Rocky Mountain states to team up on hydrogen tech proposal


FILE - In this photo taken Nov. 17, 2014, a Toyota Motor Corp.'s new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle Mirai arrives at a charge station near Toyota's showroom in Tokyo. Four Rocky Mountain states announced plans Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, to cooperate on making the most abundant element in the universe, hydrogen, more readily available and useful as fuel for cars, trucks and industry. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — 4 Rocky Mountain states will cooperate on growing methods to take advantage of ample component within the universe, hydrogen, extra obtainable and helpful as clean-burning gas for vehicles, vans and trains, the states’ governors introduced Thursday.

Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming will plan a “hydrogen hub” to be constructed someplace within the area, drawing from $8 billion in lately accredited federal infrastructure funding for 4 or extra such regional hubs within the U.S.

“This coalition represents a shared imaginative and prescient for the way forward for hydrogen within the Mountain West area,” Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon stated in a joint assertion with governors Jared Polis of Colorado, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico and Spencer Cox of Utah.

The Western Inter-State Hydrogen Hub may have services in all 4 states beneath plans to be submitted to the U.S. Division of Vitality, in keeping with an settlement signed Wednesday.

Targets will embrace financial improvement and the “newest science, analysis and expertise for cost-effective technology, transportation, and use of unpolluted hydrogen,” the states’ settlement stated.