JobsOhio, SARTA Study Indicates Ohio Poised to Lead the Hydrogen Economy, is a Prime Location for Clean Hydrogen Hub

COLUMBUS, April 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Develop a hydrogen economy by Ohio: Challenges and opportunities, an in-depth study released today by JobsOhio and the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA), claims that Ohio is on its way to becoming a leader in the hydrogen-powered, zero-emission clean economy of the 21st Century. The report also validates Ohio as a prime location for a clean hydrogen center, as defined by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) appropriated $10 billion to the DOE for the establishment of at least four clean hydrogen centers across United States.

The very detailed and data-driven study identifies:

  • The factors that give Ohio an advantage in the development and deployment of hydrogen technology
  • Existing and potential hydrogen end users
  • Growth opportunities in hydrogen markets: hydrogen power plants, hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, etc.
  • Potential challenges that could hinder the expansion of hydrogen markets

The report states that “conservative projections indicate that Ohio will be a major market for hydrogen markets and production.” It is clear that over the next few decades, Ohio will need to adopt an “all of the above” strategy to source hydrogen to meet its market demand – adopting natural gas, biomass and electrolysis as sources.

JP Nauseef, President and CEO of JobsOhio, said his organization commissioned this study prior to the IIJA’s adoption and that JobsOhio is committed to developing the hydrogen economy by Ohio, especially for industrial use. “We want to develop a better understanding of the opportunities this presents for the state,” he said. “This study has given us insight into the opportunities that will arise and how Ohio can drive development.”

“The report clearly shows that hydrogen has the potential to fuel economic growth, innovation and job creation in the state while significantly reducing carbon emissions,” said SARTA’s CEO. Kirt Conrad mentioned. “The one key question that remains on the table: will the state government and the private sector make the necessary investment to unlock this potential?”

“The study provides clear and compelling evidence that Ohio not only meets but exceeds the established criteria for IIJA hubs,” Nauseef continued.Ohio has a diversity of feedstocks and end uses, one of the nation’s largest natural gas supplies, and the geology to accommodate hydrogen storage and carbon sequestration. Ohio is also geographically positioned in an area where critical processing, storage and distribution infrastructure will be developed.”

Andrew Thomasdirector of the energy policy center of Cleveland State University and the Midwest Hydrogen Center of Excellence (MHCoE), was one of the study’s authors. He noted that while the projection of new markets may be speculative, the MHCoE used hydrogen consumption growth rates that have already been experienced in Ohio of the last decade for its forecasts. “Based on past growth, we project that nearly 2 million metric tons of hydrogen per year will be consumed in Ohio by 2050 – without any federal or state constraints on carbon emissions. We will need an “all of the above” strategy for making hydrogen to meet this demand, including both the reforming of natural gas and the electrolysis of water from energy nuclear and renewable.

The Ohio Clean Hydrogen Hub Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 companies, government entities, universities, and research institutes, is collaborating with similar entities in neighboring states to foster the development of a DOE application for a regional hub hydrogen in the northern Appalachian region. More information about the Alliance, including a full list of members, is available at

The research was conducted by Marc Henning and Andrew R. Thomas the Midwest Hydrogen Center of Excellence and the Energy Policy Center of the Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. It is available for viewing and downloading at

About Jobs Ohio:

JobsOhio is a private, not-for-profit economic development corporation designed to stimulate job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent generation in its targeted industries and attract talent to Ohio by Find your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Southeast Ohio Economic Development, A Christopher Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and The Neo Team. Learn more about follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

About the Regional Public Transport Authority (SARTA):

SARTA is an international leader in the development and deployment of zero-emission technology in transportation. the Canton, Ohiowhich owns and operates one of the largest fleets of hydrogen fuel cell buses in the Western Hemisphere has received Calstart’s prestigious Blue Sky Award and numerous other accolades for its commitment to innovation, sustainability and renewable energies. To learn more about SARTA’s hydrogen fuel cell program, visit

About Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs:

The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs in Cleveland State University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in fields that guide and advance vibrant, sustainable communities, including urban studies, public administration, urban planning, environmental studies, nonprofit management profit and organizational leadership. Levin is recognized as one of the top public affairs schools in the nation by US News & World Report. Levin is ranked 3rd in the United States in the Urban Planning and Policy specialty, 7th in the Local Government Management specialty, and maintains a strong position in the Nonprofit Management specialty.

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution with nearly 16,000 students, 10 colleges and schools, and more than 175 academic programs. CSU was recently ranked #1 in the nation for increased research spending, according to the National Science Foundation and was again chosen for 2019 as one of America’s Top Universities by US News & World Report.


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