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2008 Contest
Hydrogen Applications for Airports

Winners | Standings | The Challenge | Rules | Objectives | The Prize | Judges | Sponsors


Congratulations to Missouri University of Science and Technology, the Grand Prize Winner!

Missouri University of Science and Technology Team



University Award Design
Missouri University of Science and Technology Grand Prize 2.9MB PDF
Wayne State University - Team 2 Honorable Mention 1.4MB PDF
Wayne State University - Team 3 Honorable Mention 1.5MB PDF
McMaster University Honorable Mention 3.1MB PDF
University of Waterloo Honorable Mention 616KB PDF
Da Yeh University Participant
Ohio University Participant
University of Ontario Institute of Technology Participant
Wayne State University - Team 1 Participant
University of South Carolina Participant
Florida Institute of Technology Participant
University of Miami Participant
Lambton College Participant


The Challenge

The student teams designed systems to address air and water quality, noise pollution, energy efficiency, and safety and security issues at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Columbia, South Carolina. Although the design was meant to address the challenges at the Columbia Airport, each had key elements that are applicable to other airports around the world.  The hydrogen technologies and systems that teams select for their project plan must be commercially available and possible to implement for practical, real-world use by 2009.

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The grand prize winning team received a stipend of up to $5,000 to cover airfare, meals, and incidental trip expenses, as well as complimentary hotel rooms and conference registration for eight team members and their faculty representative.
Teams had the opportunity to present their design at a general session of the conference. The teams sent at least 1 representative to present the team’s design; however, the team was strongly encouraged to use the stipend to allow the maximum number of team members to attend and participate; and

Teams had to send a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation with highlights of the project plan.  The presentation was given by the team representative(s).


Objectives and components

A project plan was needed to communicate the project plan and the context in which hydrogen technologies will be installed and used.  Teams must describe design elements, how they work, and the benefits they will provide.  Depending on the design and applications your team chooses to focus on, you should consider supporting elements such as the following, where applicable: Design documentation/Drawings, Mechanical Design Documentation, Electrical Design documentation, and Civil Design Documentation.

Furthermore, students had to abide by safety guidelines.  In determining which failure modes had to be addressed, teams had to consider both the magnitude of potential damage and frequency.  Teams should describe how their design mitigates the risk of any identified issues, and document their sources as necessary.



  • Christy Cooper, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Arlene Anderson, U.S Department of Energy
  • Puneet Verma, Chevron Technology Ventures
  • Mike Flack, Columbia Metropolitan Airport
  • Aaron Hoskin, Natural Resources Canada
  • Fred Humes, Center for Hydrogen Research
  • Jay Keller, Zero Carbon Energy Solutions
  • Bill Boyce, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Shannon Baxter-Clemmons, South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance
  • Ray Kenard, American Wind Power & Hydrogen, LLC


Event Supporters and Sponsors

  • National Hydrogen Association
  • South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • Chevron
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Natural Resources Canada



2008 Contest Sponsors
and Supporters

Department of Energy


National Hydrogen Association

South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Natural Resources Canada


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