U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Fuel Cell Technologies Office

Administering Organization Announced to Support DOE in Implementing H-Prize

September 23, 2008

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced that the Hydrogen Education Foundation of Washington, D.C. has been selected for negotiation of award to work with the DOE Hydrogen Program to administer the H-Prize. The H-Prize (Section 654 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007) authorizes the Secretary of Energy to carry out a program to competitively award cash prizes to advance the research, development, demonstration and commercial application of hydrogen energy technologies. As such, the H-Prize is directly aligned with the DOE's Hydrogen Program, which is a key component of the President's Hydrogen Fuel and Advanced Energy Initiatives that will enable the Nation to achieve a diverse, secure and emissions-free energy future. Widespread commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will support our national security interests by improving efficiency, reducing our use of oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Hydrogen Education Foundation will work with DOE to administer and advertise the prize competitions, raise funds to contribute to the cash prizes and work with DOE to develop criteria for the selection of judges and prize winners. The first prize to be implemented, subject to appropriations, is in the category of advancements in technologies, components or systems related to hydrogen storage.

The DOE will provide up to $1.295 million; the Hydrogen Education Foundation will provide $1.172 million cost share, all subject to annual appropriations and agreement negotiations.

Selected organizations include the Hydrogen Education Foundation of Washington, D.C., with its partners, Technology Transition Corporation of Washington, D.C., and the South Carolina Research Authority of Columbia, South Carolina.