This $2.6-million prize was launched by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office to identify, develop, and test disruptive technologies to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen production. This prize supports the goal of DOE’s Hydrogen Program and the Hydrogen Energy Earthshot to enable the production of clean hydrogen for $1 per 1 kilogram in 1 decade ("1 1 1").
Propose! and Prove! Innovative Concepts
The Hydrogen Shot Incubator supports teams as they develop transformative concepts into early-stage prototypes ready for lab-scale demonstration, through two phases: Propose! and Prove! This approach will drive the accelerated development of the most promising ideas and provide a steppingstone for American entrepreneurs to secure additional investment.
Propose! Phase: Propose! Phase participants will access resources and environments to foster new solution concepts and develop them into plans for early-stage prototypes in rapid learning cycles. Submission packages must highlight a concept for clean hydrogen production, focusing on lowering the hydrogen production cost. DOE will select up to ten winners to advance in the competition.
Prove! Phase: Winners of the Propose! phase will develop their concepts and designs with the help of national laboratory experts. Submissions for the Prove! phase must include a plan with preliminary designs for a laboratory-scale demonstration along with technoeconomic and emissions analyses to validate the proposed idea. DOE will select up to five winners for additional cash and voucher support.
The Hydrogen Shot Incubator will culminate in a Pitch Day event, where Prove! phase winners will present their proof-of-concept along with experimental and analytical findings to potential investors and commercial partners.
View Hydrogen Shot Incubator Rules for more information.
Please "follow "the prize to receive more in detail and updated information about the Hydrogen Shot Incubator Prize. Expect updates early June 2022, including prize rules and submission form. When you "follow" the prize, updates will be sent to the email you registered with on HeroX.
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The Propose! Phase deadline for the Hydrogen Shot Incubator Prize is next Wednesday, August 17!
Don’t miss this opportunity to submit your concept for clean, affordable hydrogen production technologies. Up to ten winners will be selected for the Propose! phase. Teams will be selected to further their concepts with support from national laboratory experts.
Don’t forget to join us on July 7 at 1 p.m ET for an overview of the H-Prize: Hydrogen Shot Incubator. Prize administrators will present on everything you need to know about competing, including the timeline, deliverables, and voucher details, followed by a Q&A session. A recording of the webinar will be available on HeroX and the HFTO website following the event.
Mark your calendars for July 7 at 1 p.m. ET as we join the Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office H2IQ Hour for an overview of the H-Prize: Hydrogen Shot Incubator.
Prize administrators will present on everything you need to know about competing, including the timeline, deliverables, and voucher details, followed by a Q&A session. A recording of the webinar will be available on HeroX and the HFTO website following the event.