A massive infrastructure and energy transition is being spearheaded in the U.S. by the Departments of Energy and of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other U.S. federal agencies. This momentum, underwritten largely by the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, opens unprecedented pathways for growth and innovation through grants, tax credits, and other incentives. As a result, there’s a surge of opportunities for companies across the hydrogen and fuel cell value chain and their customers.

Federal funding for Nuvera goes back to the company’s start, explains director of corporate development Gus Block, Nuvera’s advocate and liaison for government affairs. There’s been more than $150 million invested in Nuvera by government agencies over Nuvera’s 24-year history.

“Stated simply, we wouldn’t be where we are today without that support”, Gus asserts. “We are immensely proud to contribute to the government’s efforts in implementing their policies and meeting environmental mandates with American-made clean energy technology.”

This is a pivotal time for climate initiatives in the U.S., and for hydrogen in particular. Gus regularly visits Capitol Hill to inform members of Congress about the state of the hydrogen and fuel cell industry, and to offer Nuvera’s expertise to help the federal government achieve its policy and technology objectives.

Government Support Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

At the end of March, Nuvera announced that it received a $30 million award from the Department of Energy under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to accelerate the manufacturing of its hydrogen fuel cell engines and stacks at volume.

The funding is anticipated to support the creation of 20 new positions, including both engineering and project professionals as well as entry-level workers, and expansion of Nuvera’s career advancement programs. Additionally, the funding will help Nuvera expand its manufacturing floor space and purchase additional equipment to expedite development and manufacturing processes.

A Climate Technology Hub in Massachusetts

Nuvera is one of five companies in Massachusetts’ third congressional district, represented by congresswoman Lori Trahan, that were awarded a total of $94 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law this March to advance clean hydrogen research, development, manufacturing, and distribution.

As a part of the Mass Leads Act economic development bill, Governor Healey proposed a $1 billion, 10-year “climatetech” initiative to support companies like Nuvera and make Massachusetts the global hub for climate innovation. The initiative includes capital and operating funding for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to deploy stable programming and initiatives. Nuvera has worked with MassCEC on a project to decarbonize major transportation infrastructure in disadvantaged communities surrounding the shipping port and airport in Boston.

Elected Officials Tour Nuvera’s Billerica HQ

To celebrate Nuvera’s $30M award from the Department of Energy, we recently welcomed a group of key champions of Massachusetts clean energy initiatives to our headquarters in Billerica.

Congresswoman Lori Trahan, Governor Maura T. Healey, and Lieutenant Governor Kimberley Driscoll toured our facility to learn more about our clean hydrogen technology and discuss federal and state initiatives to support the advancement of climate technology across Massachusetts. Other guests in attendance included Secretary Rebecca Tepper, Undersecretary Ashley Stolba, MassCEC CEO Emily Reichert and Billerica Town Manager John Curran.

In a press release, Congresswoman Trahan and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll both spoke to Nuvera’s position as a leader in the development and deployment of clean energy technology in Massachusetts:

The groundbreaking work at Nuvera is a prime example of how Massachusetts is leading the nation in the development and deployment of climate technology. That’s why we went to work to secure $30 million in federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to support the creation of zero emission clean hydrogen engines that will fuel the trucks, buses, and other heavy-duty vehicles powering our economy,” said Congresswoman Trahan. “Our federal delegation is committed to working hand in glove with Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll to support Massachusetts climate technology companies that are creating good-paying jobs and fueling our fight for a clean energy future.”

Massachusetts is going to lead the clean energy revolution because we have the best researchers, innovators and companies. Nuvera is proof of that,” said Lieutenant Governor Driscoll. “Along with our amazing Congressional delegation, our administration is competing for every opportunity to bring home federal dollars to Massachusetts communities and companies. We are excited to see Nuvera and the other awardees put this funding to work to spark further innovation, create good jobs, and solve the biggest challenges facing our world.”

You can read more about how Nuvera intends to propel its activity forward through the DOE award and the support of the state government in this article published by the Lowell Sun.

Nuvera stands ready to help Massachusetts lead the nation in the development and deployment of revolutionary climate technology. We thank Congresswoman Trahan, Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll for their support of Nuvera’s work manufacturing zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell engines and helping “fuel our fight for a clean energy future.”

Learn more about Nuvera’s mission, history and activities here.