Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the opening of the Hydrogen Shot Incubator Prize to foster innovative concepts that produce clean, affordable hydrogen and address the Biden Administration’s climate priorities. The $2.6 million prize will support the DOE Hydrogen Program’s efforts to identify, develop, and test disruptive technologies that reduce the cost of clean hydrogen production and meet the DOE Hydrogen Shot goal of $1 per kilogram of clean hydrogen.  

“For hydrogen to fulfill its role in the sustainable and fully decarbonized economy of the future, we must harness every available approach and draw deep on our proud tradition of innovation to bring solutions to the market as soon as possible,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “The Hydrogen Shot Incubator Prize is important for spurring innovation in clean energy, and I’m looking forward to seeing the novel solutions developed as part of this prize.” 

The Hydrogen Shot Incubator Prize also seeks to attract new talent and expertise to the hydrogen industry and identify new entities DOE can engage with to accelerate hydrogen technologies. Competitors are invited to present new and innovative pre-commercial concepts or strategies that DOE is not currently funding through other programs or initiatives. 

The Hydrogen Shot Incubator Prize, first announced by Secretary Granholm during DOE’s American-Made Earth Day Celebration in April, supports DOE's Energy Earthshots Initiative to enable more abundant, affordable, and reliable clean energy solutions within the decade. The first Energy Earthshot, the Hydrogen Shot, was launched in 2021.  

Register for the DOE informational webinar on July 7, 2022, to learn more about this prize and visit the website for information about how to participate. Submissions will be accepted until August 17, 2022.