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

Fuel Cell Technologies Office


H-Prize Competition Notice Issued for Breakthrough Advances in Materials for Hydrogen Storage

September 4, 2009

In accordance with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued on August 26 a Federal Register Notice (FRN) on a section of the H-Prize for breakthrough advances in materials for hydrogen storage. The Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF), as announced on September 23, 2008, is administering the H-Prize competition, which starts with the FRN.

A single amount of $1 million will be awarded for the development of an on-board hydrogen storage material that meets or exceeds a set of performance targets specified in the competition announcement. As authorized by legislation and recommended by the National Academies, inducement prizes complement the current federal research program by "incentivizing" the R&D community outside the conventional grant process. Prize mechanisms also complement DOE's R&D portfolio, which has increased emphasis on technologies for near-term impact such as biofuels and plug-in hybrids. The success of this contest can help to accelerate the widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cells in the long term and complement the near-term focus on fuel cells for early markets such as stationary and backup power, portable power, and forklifts auxiliary power.

Prospective participants must register by February 15, 2010, and submit material samples for testing by November 15, 2010, to be eligible. For more information, visit the H-Prize Web site.