H2 Refuel H-Prize
DOE is planning to launch the $1 million H2 Refuel H-Prize to challenge America’s engineers and entrepreneurs to develop affordable systems for small-scale, non-commercial hydrogen fueling. The prize would target systems used at homes or multi-use sites to supplement the current development of hydrogen fueling station infrastructure. Successful entries would install and test systems that generate hydrogen from resources available to most homes, electricity and/or natural gas, and dispense the hydrogen into vehicles. Winners would demonstrate that they can meet both the technical and cost criteria as outlined in the final guidelines. This competition plans to offer a $1 million cash prize to the team that demonstrates the best system.
Competition Plan and Prize
DOE is currently reviewing feedback received for the draft competition guidelines. The H-Prize competition will open after the final guidelines are published and information about the prize, including registration information and other updates, will be posted on the H-Prize website. Based on the draft guidelines, the competition would last two years. Teams would have one year to find partners, design a system, find a place to install the system, and register for the prize before submitting data and designs to a team of independent judges, who would select the top teams as finalists to go to the testing phase. Finalist teams would have seven months to build, install, and prepare their systems for testing. Remote and on-site testing would be used to collect data for the technical criteria, and independent financial experts would evaluate the cost criteria. According to the draft guidelines, the entries will be scored based on the criteria results, and the finalist team that gets the highest score while meeting the minimum criteria will win a prize of $1 million.