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Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office Announces that DOE Launched the Hydrogen Shot Fellowship

By August 31, 2021 3   min read  (480 words)

August 31, 2021 |

Fuel Cells Works, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office Announces that DOE Launched the Hydrogen Shot Fellowship

Today, during the first Hydrogen Shot Summit, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm launched the Hydrogen Shot Fellowship to recruit diverse talent who can contribute to make Hydrogen Shot a reality. Hydrogen Shot is a “1 – 1 – 1” bold goal to cut the cost of clean hydrogen to $1 per 1 kilogram in 1 decade, which is an 80% reduction from the cost in 2020.

Meeting Hydrogen Shot would make clean hydrogen part of the toolbox we need to tackle the climate crisis, create good-paying American jobs, and transition toward a clean, equitable energy future for all.

Hydrogen Shot will require bringing together all the resources, brain power, and tools to push the envelope with next-generation technologies that can cheaply produce, store, transport, and utilize clean and abundant hydrogen. Today’s Summit is one of the first steps in that journey, and the Hydrogen Shot Fellowship will help to build a pipeline of talented and bright professionals to work alongside DOE Hydrogen Program managers to help us achieve this bold goal and ensure its economic, environmental and societal benefits are distributed equitably across the communities that need them the most.

Funded through DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO), Hydrogen Shot Fellows will engage in Hydrogen Shot related work from one or more HFTO technical programs, including Hydrogen Technologies, Fuel Cell Technologies, Technology Acceleration, and Systems Analysis, as well as other functional areas including communications, workforce development, and stakeholder engagement and inclusion. HFTO plans to bring in 1-2 Hydrogen Shot Fellows per fiscal year, depending on needs and funding available from individual HFTO programs or functional areas.

Learn more and apply to the Hydrogen Shot Fellowship.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Earthshots Initiative aims to accelerate breakthroughs of more abundant, affordable, and reliable clean energy solutions within the decade.

Achieving the Energy Earthshots will help America tackle the toughest remaining barriers to addressing the climate crisis, and more quickly reach the Biden–Harris Administration’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 while creating good-paying union jobs and growing the economy.

The first Energy Earthshot, launched June 7, 2021—Hydrogen Shot—seeks to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen by 80% to $1 per 1 kilogram in 1 decade (“1 1 1“).

The Hydrogen Shot establishes a framework and foundation for clean hydrogen deployment in the American Jobs Plan, which includes support for demonstration projects. Industries are beginning to implement clean hydrogen to reduce emissions, yet many hurdles remain to deploying it at scale. Currently, hydrogen from renewable energy costs about $5 per kilogram. Achieving the Hydrogen Shot’s 80% cost reduction goal can unlock new markets for hydrogen, including steel manufacturing, clean ammonia, energy storage, and heavy-duty trucks. This would create more clean energy jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and position America to compete in the clean energy market on a global scale. These efforts would ensure that environmental protection and benefits for local communities are a priority.

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