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Stanford Global Energy Heroes is a global competition to recognize young people around the world who are using sustainable energy to make a positive impact in their communities. Sponsored by the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, the competition aims to inspire direct action to reduce carbon emissions in communities worldwide to: (a) provide access to affordable energy; (b) minimize environmental impact such as air and water pollution and carbon dioxide emissions; and (c) enable scalability and wide adoption.

Thank you for your interest in the Global Energy Heroes Prize. The 2022 application window has now closed.


  • Competition entrants must be between ages 18-30 at the time of submission
  • Submissions can be individual, or in teams of up to three members
  • The video submission must not exceed three minutes in length and should be submitted as a YouTube link
  • The video must include all team members speaking directly into the camera.  The entrants may speak in any language but should insert English subtitles if not speaking in English.
  • No sophisticated video editing is required.  While we hope videos are engaging and easy to understand, we judge entries solely on their content. Please see Judging Criteria for more information.


Three global energy heroes will be selected to receive a $20,000 (USD) cash prize.

  • Cash award of $20,000 for entire team of global energy heroes
  • Your work showcased at the 2022 Global Energy Forum before global leaders in academia, industry, government, and finance
  • Your work showcased on the Global Energy Heroes website


Submissions will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Potential for Impact: Does this solution have the potential to create real-world impact on a large scale (e.g., carbon emissions reductions, cost savings, access to power, job creation)?
  • Feasibility: How scalable is your solution?  Does it account for cost, geography, and other practical constraints?
  • Innovation:  How does your solution differ from conventional practices?  What were the greatest challenges you had to overcome?

The top three winners will be selected by a distinguished judging panel, consisting of global energy leaders representing industry, policy, academia, and finance. 


Competition open - January 5th, 2022

Entries due - March 2, 2022

Winners announced - May 2022