MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., on Wednesday announced $1 million from the Department of Energy for a hydrogen research project involving the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

This project will accelerate breakthroughs in emerging hydrogen leak detection technologies and support advancements in the clean hydrogen sector.

“I’m thrilled to see the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s expertise being leveraged to advance new, innovative technologies that can support the wide-scale deployment of hydrogen technologies. This significant funding for research on emerging leak detection technologies will help drive down the cost of hydrogen and ensure it can be produced, transported and used safely and efficiently across many hard to decarbonize sectors of the economy. As Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I will continue to advocate for innovative energy solutions that are critical to charting a path to a cleaner energy future,” Manchin said.

“It’s important for the United States to support an all-of-the-above approach and make investments in a variety of energy technologies, including hydrogen,” Capito said. “Today’s announcement is welcome news that will deliver funding to support and advance research efforts that explore innovative solutions in clean energy.”