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DOE Maps Plan to Supercharge Hydrogen, Nuclear, Storage

The Department of Energy has released road maps for industries and policymakers about how to bring three new clean technologies into the country’s energy mainstream.

The Department of Energy has released road maps for industries and policymakers about how to bring three new clean technologies into the country’s energy mainstream — advanced nuclear, clean hydrogen and long-duration storage.

The short answer: sums that might exceed $200 billion by 2030.

Developed in part for private investors, the three reports lay out the chief barriers for the three technologies along with possible solutions and rough timelines for their emergence in the 2020s and beyond.

They are the first in a larger series dubbed the “Pathways to Commercial Liftoff” reports, which will focus on how a broad range of energy technologies can become “a largely self-sustaining market.” Additional reports will emerge in the coming months, according to the Energy Department.

Each of the three road maps published Tuesday was co-authored by three DOE branches — the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, Argonne National Laboratory and the Office of Technology Transitions. Several other offices within DOE, such as the Loan Programs Office and the Office of Policy, made contributions as well.

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