Low-Carbon Hydrogen Accelerator

Transform the Future of Hydrogen

With the Low-Carbon Hydrogen Accelerator

Explore partnerships

Engage EPRI, its member utilities, and Shell on technology validation, feasibility studies, pilots, or other development and commercial partnerships

Form critical relationships

Work with an engagement lead and access experts and leadership from EPRI and Shell

Access mentorship + programming

Tap into mentorship, networking opportunities, partnership-focused programming, and full benefits of Greentown Labs membership

Program Scope

The Low-Carbon Hydrogen Accelerator (LCHA) seeks startups between TRL 3 and TRL 7 that:

  • Advance low-carbon hydrogen production;
  • Enhance hydrogen storage and distribution; or
  • Provide digital solutions or business model innovations for the management of hydrogen supply chains
  • Low-Carbon Hydrogen Production: Cost, Reliability, and Scalability

    Technologies of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Solutions that reduce the cost of low-carbon hydrogen relative to the cost of traditional electrolysis
    • Innovations for avoiding or counteracting degradation effects of intermittent operation on electrolyzer equipment
    • Innovations for effectively integrating electrolyzers with renewables
    • Innovations for effectively integrating electrolyzers with the grid
    • Technologies for safely enhancing pressure and/or purity of electrolyzer-produced hydrogen
    • Modular approaches for decentralized and/or step-wise low-carbon hydrogen production
  • Hydrogen Storage + Distribution: Safety, Reliability, and Efficiency

    Technologies of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Technologies for existing hydrogen supply chains
      • Technologies that can enable liquid hydrogen supply chain at scale, including breakthrough technologies that significantly reduce the cost of hydrogen liquefaction
      • Technologies for hydrogen detection in open environments and detection of leaks in pipelines and vessels
      • Novel technologies that can provide assurance, and allow control, of hydrogen quality
      • Materials innovation for hydrogen pipelines and/or storage
      • Inspection and maintenance technologies for pipelines and other infrastructure
    • Technologies for future hydrogen supply chains
      • Novel and cost-effective hydrogen transportation technologies with a high energy density for the complete system package and high usable capacity that will still be met at the end of service life
      • Innovations in ammonia decomposition and purification
      • Next-generation heavy-duty compressors that can enable, for example, heavy-duty vehicle value chains by meeting the reliability, capacity, and cost requirements of refueling—beyond an incremental cost improvement on existing technology
  • Digital Solutions + Business Model Innovations

    Technologies of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Digital solutions for supply chain integration and optimization (including IoT, AIoT, and machine learning solutions)
      • Optimization of CO2 and other GHG emissions reductions across supply chain
      • Optimization of cost across supply chain
    • Solutions that connect hydrogen producers and offtakers through software platforms and/or business model innovation

About The Program

Large-scale commercialization of low-carbon hydrogen will play a key role in the transition to a decarbonized economy. Because of its versatility, hydrogen is uniquely suited to help realize decarbonization goals. Hydrogen’s ability to act as both a carrier for electricity and a fuel means it can be used for a broad range of applications, including in hard-to-decarbonize sectors. As more intermittent renewable energy comes onto the grid, hydrogen can also act as an electricity storage medium, allowing grids to make full use of wind, solar, and other intermittent renewables. Most importantly, hydrogen produces no direct greenhouse gas emissions or pollutants when generated via low-carbon methods, such as electrolysis with electricity from renewable sources.

Low-carbon hydrogen is enjoying unprecedented commercial and political momentum; over $300B is announced or projected to be spent on hydrogen projects globally through 2030. With the launch of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Shot Initiative in 2021, the U.S. federal government has both identified hydrogen as a key energy solution for the future and highlighted the importance of reducing the cost of low-carbon hydrogen. If price reduction goals set by the Hydrogen Shot Initiative are met, experts predict a five-fold increase in low-carbon hydrogen use, leading to critical carbon dioxide emission reductions and billions of dollars in revenue and jobs created by the growing industry. 

Together with Greentown Labs and the Urban Future Lab, EPRI and Shell recognize the need to accelerate the development and commercialization of low-carbon technologies required to enable economy-wide decarbonization. As leaders in the utilities and energy industries, respectively, with domain expertise, R&D facilities, and access to global customers, EPRI and Shell are uniquely positioned to drive this transformation in partnership with startups innovating at the cutting edge of low-carbon hydrogen. LCHA is supported by the City of Houston, the location of Greentown Labs’ newest incubator and a city whose world-class energy infrastructure, low-cost electricity, and human capital position it to become a global hydrogen hub

We are committed to increasing diversity and maintaining an inclusive community culture. We welcome applications from founders and teams of all backgrounds, regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or whether or not they have a disability.