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Analysis // 2006 // Effects of a Transition to a Hydrogen Economy on Employment in the United States

Funding: $750,000

Open Date: 03/22/2006

Close Date: 05/02/2006

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-PS36-06GO96024


The use of hydrogen as an energy carrier will bring about significant changes in the United States. During the transition to the hydrogen economy, it is expected that new employment will be generated as a result of the growth of the hydrogen industry, which is likely to affect the current workforce in all energy-related industries.

To fully understand the effects a transition to the hydrogen economy will have on industry and employment in the Unites States, the Department of Energy is seeking proposals to conduct a careful analysis of both emerging hydrogen technologies and the legacy technologies that will be displaced. Consideration must be given to the full energy cycle, including the harvesting of feedstocks, the conversion of feedstocks to usable fuel, the delivery of fuel to the consumer, and the consumption of fuel by the consumer. Each step of this cycle has requirements for goods and services that dictate the nature and number of jobs that are needed. The workforce that fills these requirements must have the appropriate skills and training to ensure products are competitive in national and international markets.

Last updated: 03/20/2009

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.