March 28, 2014
U.S. DOE Seeks Industry Input on $1 Million H-Prize Competition Guidelines for Small-Scale Hydrogen Refueling System
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recently announced that they are seeking public comments on the Draft Guidelines for the $1 Million H2 Refuel H-Prize. This competition challenges America's engineers and entrepreneurs to develop affordable systems for small-scale, non-commercial hydrogen fueling to supplement the current development of hydrogen fueling station infrastructure.
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Deadline for Comments is April 21, 2014
March 21, 2014
Comments Sought on H-Prize Guidelines
The Department of Energy (DOE) announces in the release of the H2 Refuel H-Prize Draft Guidelines for public comment, pursuant to Section 654 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Public Law 110-140 (12/19/07). The comment period closing date will be April 21, 2014.
Interested persons are encouraged to learn about the H2 Refuel H-Prize guidelines at: http://www.hydrogen.energy.gov/hprize.html.
In 2007 the Energy Independence and Security Act authorized the H-Prize to competitively award prizes for advances in hydrogen energy technologies in order to accelerate and reward breakthroughs in notable scientific and engineering challenges, while engaging a broad range of participants. The $1 million H2 Refuel H-Prize challenges America‚Äôs engineers and entrepreneurs to develop affordable systems for small-scale, non-commercial hydrogen fueling, at homes or multi-use sites that can supplement the current development of hydrogen fueling station infrastructure. Successful entries will install and test systems that generate hydrogen from resources available to most homes, electricity and natural gas, and dispense the hydrogen into vehicles. Winners will demonstrate that they can meet both the technical and cost criteria as outlined in the final guidelines.
Today‚Äôs notice announces the availability of draft guidelines for administration of the prize competition. The DOE will consider any comments received within 30 days of the Federal Register Notice publication date.
The H-Prize, enacted by Congress, authorized the Secretary of Energy to create a program to competitively award cash prizes that will advance the commercial application of hydrogen energy technologies by dramatizing and incentivizing accelerated research. The H-Prize was originally established by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, in Sec. 654.
There are several H-Prize categories, including production, storage, distribution, utilization, and prototypes and transformational technologies.
The H-Prize is managed by the Fuel Cell Technologies Program in the U.S. Department of Energy. DOE is the lead Federal agency for directing activities in hydrogen and fuel cell R&D, and the FCT Program is responsible for coordinating activities. It is designed to help the U.S. achieve a diverse, secure and emissions-free energy future by improving efficiency, reducing oil imports and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Hydrogen Education Foundation, H-Prize administrator, promotes clean hydrogen energy technologies through student scholarships, innovative national competitions, and educational programs to encourage environmental stewardship, improve energy security, and create green jobs. The HEF objectives are to:
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- create a pilot award process
- organize and manage a comprehensive fund raising program to leverage Federal funding
- deploy H-Prize funds through fair and open competition
- focus on critical technical challenges
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