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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen Shot Summit convened thousands of stakeholders online to introduce the Hydrogen Shot, solicit dialogue, and rally the global community on the urgency of tackling the climate crisis through concrete actions and innovation. The Hydrogen Shot Summit was held virtually August 31 and September 1, 2021.

DOE shared results from the recent Request for Information and solicited feedback on pathways to achieving the Hydrogen Shot's "1 1 1" goal of $1 for 1 kg of clean hydrogen in 1 decade. Breakout sessions on various clean hydrogen production pathways as well as deployment and financing helped identify key challenges and potential strategies to address them. 

Agenda

DOE Hydrogen Shot Summit 2021 Program-at-a-Glance

Time (ET) Tuesday, August 31 Wednesday, September 1
11:00 a.m.–
1:15 p.m.

Plenary

  • Opening Remarks
  • Keynote
  • Setting the Stage and Lessons Learned
  • Lightning Rounds

Parallel Panels and Breakout Sessions

(continued from Day 1)

1:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Break Break
1:30 p.m.–
4:30 p.m.

Parallel Panels and Breakout Sessions

  • Electrolysis
  • Thermal Conversion with Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Advanced Pathways
  • Deployment and Financing

Report Out Plenary and Conclusion

(ends at 2:30 p.m. ET)

View the opening and closing plenary agendas and preliminary breakout panel session agendas.

Summit Proceedings

Summit presentations and recordings will be available soon.

Featured Speakers

Jennifer M. Granholm

Jennifer M. Granholm

Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

Jennifer M. Granholm was sworn in as the 16th Secretary of Energy on February 25, 2021, becoming just the second woman to lead DOE. Secretary Granholm will lead DOE in helping America achieve President Biden's goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by advancing cutting-edge clean energy technologies, creating millions of good-paying union clean energy jobs, and building an equitable clean energy future. Secretary Granholm will also oversee DOE's core missions of promoting American leadership in scientific discovery, maintaining the nuclear deterrent and reducing nuclear danger, and remediating the environmental harms caused by legacy defense programs. Prior to her nomination as Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm was the first woman elected Governor of Michigan, serving two terms from 2003 to 2011. Read more about Jennifer M. Granholm.

David Turk official photo

David M. Turk

Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

Prior to his nomination as Deputy Secretary, Turk was the Deputy Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he focused on helping countries around the world tackle their clean energy transitions. He also directed reports on the digitalization of energy systems, the future of clean hydrogen, and a project tracking progress on a wide range of clean energy technologies. During the Obama-Biden Administration, Turk coordinated international technology and clean energy efforts at DOE. During this time, he helped spearhead the launch of Mission Innovation—a global effort to enhance clean energy innovation. Turk also served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the U.S. National Security Council, where he coordinated interagency legislative affairs efforts by the full range of national security agencies and provided legislative advice to National Security Council decision-making. He also previously worked at the U.S. Department of State, including as Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change and helping to coordinate New Start Treaty ratification efforts in the U.S. Senate. Read more about David M. Turk.

John Kerry

John Kerry

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

On January 20, 2021, John F. Kerry was sworn in as our nation's first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and the first-ever Principal to sit on the National Security Council entirely dedicated to climate change. In recent years, Kerry was the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's first ever Visiting Distinguished Statesman, following his four years as the 68th United States Secretary of State. As America's top diplomat, he guided the Department's strategy on nuclear nonproliferation, combating radical extremism, and the threat of climate change. His tenure was marked by the successful negotiation of the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Climate Agreement. From 1985 to 2013, he served as a U.S. Senator representing Massachusetts, and was Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2009 to 2013. Secretary Kerry served in the U.S. Navy, completing two combat tours of duty in Vietnam for which he received a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with Combat V, and three Purple Hearts. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from Boston College Law School. Secretary Kerry was the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States in 2004. Read more about John Kerry.

Joe Manchin

Joe Manchin

U.S. Senator (D-WV)

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was sworn into the United States Senate on November 15, 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by the late Senator Robert C. Byrd. For Senator Manchin, serving as West Virginia's Senator is truly an honor and a privilege. As a Senator, Joe Manchin is committed to bringing this same spirit of bipartisanship to Washington. As he has done throughout his entire life, he remains committed to working with Republicans and Democrats to find commonsense solutions to the problems our country faces and is working hard to usher in a new bipartisan spirit in the Senate and Congress. Senator Manchin is strongly committed to developing a balanced national energy plan that utilizes all of our resources and recognizes that fossil fuels will be a vital part of our energy mix for decades to come. He believes that a balanced, commonsense approach that considers the needs of our environment and the demands of our economy, can and must be developed if we are to achieve energy independence within this generation. Senator Manchin currently serves as the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and also serves on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs—four critical committees that tackle the important work of addressing our nation's energy needs, overseeing discretionary spending, standing up for our Veterans, and defending our nation. Read more about Senator Joe Manchin.

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Founder, Breakthrough Energy

Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and founder of Breakthrough Energy. In 1975, Bill Gates founded Microsoft with Paul Allen and led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software and services. In 2008, Bill transitioned to focus full-time on his foundation's work to expand opportunity to the world's most disadvantaged people. Along with co-chair Melinda Gates, he leads the foundation's development of strategies and sets the overall direction of the organization. At Breakthrough Energy, he's putting his experience as an innovator and problem-solver to work to address climate change by supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs, big thinkers, and clean technologies. Bill uses his experience partnering with global leaders across sectors to help drive the policy, market, and technological changes required for a clean energy transition. In 2010, Bill, Melinda, and Warren Buffett founded the Giving Pledge, an effort to encourage the wealthiest families and individuals to publicly commit more than half of their wealth to philanthropic causes and charitable organizations during their lifetime or in their will.

Bill Cassidy

Bill Cassidy

U.S. Senator (R-LA)

Dr. Bill Cassidy is the United States Senator for Louisiana. Bill grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attended Louisiana State University (LSU) for undergraduate and medical school. In 1990, Bill joined LSU Medical School teaching medical students and residents at Earl K. Long Hospital, a hospital for the uninsured. During this time, he co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, a clinic providing free dental and health care to the working uninsured. Bill also created a private-public partnership to vaccinate 36,000 greater Baton Rouge area children against Hepatitis B at no cost to the schools or parents. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Bill led a group of health care volunteers to convert an abandoned K-Mart building into an emergency health care facility, providing basic health care to hurricane evacuees. Read more about Bill Cassidy.

Paul Tonko

Paul Tonko

U.S. Representative (D-NY)

Congressman Paul D. Tonko is a sixth-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York's 20th Congressional District in the Capital Region, including the cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs, and his hometown of Amsterdam. Throughout his career, he has been a champion for the working class, advancing policies that create jobs, provide economic opportunity, and ensure senior citizens can retire with dignity. Tonko is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and was elected by his peers to serve as chair of the Subcommittee on the Environment and Climate Change, where he oversees a wide range of issues including clean drinking water, regulation of toxic substances, and national climate action. In addition, he was appointed to join the Committee on Natural Resources and to continue his service on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee where he has been a longtime advocate for scientific integrity and public research. Read more about Paul Tonko.

Greg Pence

Greg Pence

U.S. Representative (R-IN)

U.S. Representative Greg Pence represents Indiana's 6th District, where he lives with his wife Denise in Columbus. He is a proud husband, father, grandfather, Marine officer, and small businessman who will ensure Indiana's 6th District continues its strong tradition of leadership in Congress. Joining the Marine Corps in 1979 in his hometown of Columbus, Pence considers his role in Congress as a new opportunity to serve the community, state, and country that he loves. Pence understands that the 6th District needs a leader who will prioritize constituents and ensure Hoosiers always have a seat at the table. Pence serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy, and Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce in the 117th Congress. Read more about Greg Pence.

Michelle Lujan Grisham

Michelle Lujan Grisham

Governor (D-NM)

Michelle Lujan Grisham is the thirty-second governor of the state of New Mexico, the first Democratic Latina to be elected governor in U.S. history. As governor, Lujan Grisham has implemented a series of evidence-based policies aimed at transforming New Mexico's public education system, expanding the state's economy to include more high-quality employment opportunities and preserving New Mexico's air, land, and water. A former congresswoman and state cabinet secretary for aging and health, she has as chief executive signed into law some of the nation's most aggressive and ambitious climate targets and overseen a dramatic increase in clean energy production, among other notable policy achievements.

Robert Walker

Robert Walker

Former U.S. Representative (R-PA)

For more than four decades, Congressman Bob Walker has been a political leader and an insightful public policy advocate. Legislatively he wrote law that created commercial space policy and hydrogen energy policy. Along with Newt Gingrich, he helped design and lead the Republican Revolution of 1994 which transformed America's political landscape. He rose to leadership in Congress as Chief Deputy Republican Whip, Chairman of the GOP House Leadership, Chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, and Speaker Pro Tempore. He has served as an advisor to several Presidents, most recently as a Senior Space Advisor to President Trump's 2016 campaign. President George W. Bush appointed him to three presidential commissions including the chairmanship of the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry in 2002. During the end of the Bush Administration and Obama Administration, he served as the Chairman of the Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. Presently he serves as a trusted advisor to the National Space Council, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, NASA, the White House, and the Air Force on space and technology policies.