The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced its Energy Earthshots Initiative, which has a goal of accelerating breakthroughs of more abundant, affordable, and reliable clean energy solutions within the decade. The first Energy Earthshot–the Hydrogen Shot–was launched on June 7, 2021. It seeks to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen by 80% to $1 per 1 kilogram in 1 decade (“1-1-1”).
To introduce Hydrogen Shot and engage stakeholders, DOE plans to hold a series of events. The first of these was the Hydrogen Shot Summit, which took place virtually on August 31–September 1, 2021, aiming to solicit dialogue and rally the global community on the urgency of tackling the climate crisis through concrete actions and innovation.
The plenary included opening remarks from Jennifer M. Granholm (Secretary, U.S. DOE), David M. Turk (Deputy Secretary, U.S. DOE), John Kerry (Special Presidential Envoy for Climate), Joe Manchin (U.S. Senator, D-WV), and Bill Gates (Founder, Breakthrough Energy). DOE also shared results from a Request for Information to obtain feedback on pathways to achieving the Hydrogen Shot’s “1-1-1” goal. Breakout sessions addressed various clean hydrogen production pathways as well as deployment and financing.
View the summit website for the event recording, presentations, and speaker profiles.