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Trahan, Healey, Driscoll Tout Massachusetts Climate Technology Leadership at Billerica Clean Hydrogen Facility

Nuvera was recently awarded $30 million in federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding

LOWELL, MA – Today, Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03), Governor Maura T. Healey, and Lieutenant Governor Kimberley Driscoll visited Nuvera Fuel Cells in Billerica to tour the facility’s clean hydrogen technology and discuss federal and state initiatives to support the advancement of climate technology across Massachusetts. Nuvera was recently awarded $30 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to support their breakthrough work on hydrogen fuel cell technology that will be used in larger vehicles, including buses and commercial trucks.

“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.”

“It’s incredible to see the revolutionary work Nuvera is doing to decarbonize heavy industry – something that not long ago would have seemed practically impossible. But here in Massachusetts, we like to make the impossible possible,” said Governor Healey. “We are proud that the Biden-Harris administration awarded funding to Nuvera and four other Massachusetts companies, and grateful to Congresswoman Trahan and our Congressional delegation for their advocacy. Our administration will continue to support companies like Nuvera and make Massachusetts the global hub for climatetech throgh our Mass Leads Act.”

“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.”

“Through this project, we will demonstrate how our comprehensive manufacturing capabilities can provide low-cost, modular and scalable solutions that drive fuel cell adoption in the heavy-duty vehicle market,” said Neil Gillen, Nuvera Chief Operations Officer.

“We thank the Department of Energy for selecting our project, as well as Congresswoman Trahan, Governor Healey and her administration, and the town of Billerica for their on-going support of Nuvera and the entire clean energy industry,” said Gus Block, Nuvera Corporate Development Director.

Earlier this month, five companies in Massachusetts’ Third Congressional District were awarded a total of $94,512,137 in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to advance clean hydrogen research, development, manufacturing, and distribution. Nuvera, a Billerica-based company with 180 employees, received $30 million to accelerate the development and manufacturing of hydrogen fuel cell engines that will power heavy duty vehicles. The funding will support the hiring of 20 additional employees, including both engineering and project professionals as well as entry-level workers, and expansion of their career advancement programs. Additionally, the funding will help Nuvera expand its manufacturing floor space and purchase additional equipment to expedite the development and manufacturing processes.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, as well as the Bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, are part of President Joe Biden’s Investing in America agenda that was passed in Congress by the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation. To date, Massachusetts has received more than $7 billion in federal investments from these laws, including more than $361 million to accelerate the creation and deployment of clean energy technology, clean buildings, and clean manufacturing.

As a part of her Mass Leads Act economic development bill, Governor Healey proposed a $1 billion, 10-year climatetech initiative to make Massachusetts the climate innovation lab for the world. The initiative includes:

  • Capital Funding: The bill provides significant capital resources to Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) for the first time. Bond authorizations can support research and development, innovation, manufacturing, commercialization, and the deployment of climatetech technologies, including offshore wind, across Massachusetts.
  • Tax Incentives: The bill authorizes funding for tax incentives, which will help ensure the state is competitive in attracting and retaining these businesses. The initiative proposes to establish a new Climatetech Tax Incentive Program to enable the state to invest in climatetech companies, expand employment opportunities and support research and development. The bill also seeks to continue implementation of the newly-created Offshore Wind Tax Credit and proposes some strategic changes to further grow the program.
  • Operating Funding: This ten-year strategy underscores the critical importance of annual operating support through the state budget process for MassCEC, which is instrumental in fostering the climatetech industry and training a clean energy workforce. Operating funds will enable MassCEC to deploy stable programming and initiatives to reach areas that capital programs and tax incentives aren’t able to reach. This includes workforce development initiatives, internships, strategic partnerships, and operations.