Text version of welcome remarks by U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm at the DOE Hydrogen Shot Summit, August 31, 2021.

Jennifer Granholm: Thank you so much, Sunita, and to all of you who are coming in. Thank you for joining us. It's a total pleasure to host this first-ever Hydrogen Shot Summit, and we are really thrilled that there are thousands of viewers are tuning in now and have registered from all over the world to hear about how we can lower the cost of clean hydrogen to $1 per kilogram in one decade.

So let me just take a minute to tell you why we're doing this. Obviously, building our clean energy future is one of President Biden's top priorities. This administration is aiming to put America on track toward cutting carbon emissions in half by the end of the decade, and then reaching 100% clean electricity by 2035, and then achieving net zero emissions by 2050. So the good news is we can make great progress just by deploying, deploying, deploying the kind of proven clean energy technologies that we already have. And the bad news is that those technologies may not be able to get us all the way there. We need to innovate our way to new solutions, particularly in these hard-to-decarbonize areas.

But America is at its best when it's at its boldest, and as America's solutions agency, this is where the Department of Energy shines. We really do believe in what President Kennedy once noted, that if we choose to do hard things, that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills. And that's why we've launched our Energy Earthshots initiative, which is a series of ambitious goals all aimed at moving next-generation clean technologies from the lab to the field and then on to the market. We announced the first of these Earthshots back in June, our "one for one in one" Hydrogen Shot. So if we can lower the cost of clean hydrogen, and I truly mean clean, to $1 for one kilogram at the same time as we eliminate GHG emissions, we will have the means to decarbonize industrial manufacturing, to refuel hydrogen fuel cell trucks, make alternative low-carbon fuel for planes, to produce clean ammonia, other chemicals, you know, to create longer-duration storage, and so much more.

Now, there has been a lot of discussion lately about whether certain hydrogen production pathways are actually considered clean, and at the DOE, we're just all about science. We're all about zero carbon emissions, and we also clearly need to reduce other pollutants like NOx. So if there are solutions that claim to be clean but are not, those challenges have to be addressed. This Earthshot is all about low-cost and clean hydrogen. We want honest, data-driven answers in our quest for affordable clean energy, and that's our hydrogen goal. The question in front of us all now is how do we reach it by the end of the decade, and that's what this summit is going to begin to answer.

We are kicking off a transparent, productive dialog around next-generation clean hydrogen development, and we've brought together a fabulous lineup of speakers and participants, including Secretary John Kerry, and Senator Joe Manchin, and Bill Gates, and industry leaders, and environmental justice advocates, and tribal representatives, and more. And over the next two days of presentations and panel discussions and breakout sessions, we will hopefully all illuminate the path forward. We'll learn about the detailed targets that we're going to have to meet around efficiency and capital cost and more, and we'll dive into an inclusive conversation about how we can use clean hydrogen to lift communities in need, whether by creating opportunities for skills-matched work within fossil energy communities or cleaning up the air in lower-income communities that are located next to industrial facilities.

So the insights ahead are going to guide this administration's efforts around hydrogen, particularly as we look to bring to life the clean hydrogen demonstrations that have been funded, or will be funded in the bipartisan infrastructure deal that Congress is considering right now. And I hope these questions inspire a few people who are listening in to seek out new opportunities in this space. That's why I'm excited to announce the launch of this Hydrogen Shot Fellowship Program. One of our priorities under this administration is building a bench of diverse and talented and dedicated clean energy professionals. The fellowship will give recent grads the chance to work alongside DOE Hydrogen Program managers and help us land our Hydrogen Shot.

So for any recent graduates who are tuning in, especially those who want to study electrochemistry or engineering or business, we want to hear from you. Visit our Hydrogen Shot website if you're interested to learn more on how to apply. So with your help and with the help of our nation's ingenious scientists and researchers and our most ambitious entrepreneurs, we will get this done, and we'll do it by the end of the decade. So thank you all so much, and once again, we really appreciate all of those of you who have tuned in. And now I'm going to turn it over to our emcee for the day, the great Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy, David Turk.