LSU researchers participating in federally funded clean energy project


LSU’s chemical and petroleum engineering departments are working with the Greater New Orleans Development Foundation on a federally funded hydrogen and clean energy project.

The goal of the project, called H2TheFuture, is to transform the regional hydrogen energy sector and shift the south Louisiana industrial corridor toward a net-zero carbon future. More than 24 other partners are involved, according to the Greater New Orleans Development Foundaitno. This will be done through the execution of projects across five workstreams—workforce, business development, testbeds, manufacturing, and public-private partnership. A portion of the project’s funding, $50 million, came from President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Plan, although the state

It is the testbed workstream that LSU, along with four other universities, is involved in, focusing on the capture and transport of carbon dioxide.

An additional aspect of the project at LSU involves broadening outreach to K-12 institutions to educate students on hydrogen technologies and other STEM recruiting activities.

“LSU is well positioned to be a world leader in CCUS research and education,” says Chemical Engineering professor John Flake. “By well positioned, I mean we will have all pieces of the puzzle—an on-campus power plant; a CO2 capture system; a sequestration loop; CO2 electrolyzers; as well as a great university, faculty, industry, and geography conducive to sequestration.” Read more about the research here.