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2009 Contest
Green Buildings with Hydrogen

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


Congratulations to University of Waterloo, the Grand Prize Winner!

The winning teams from the University of Waterloo and Wayne State University at the 2009 NHA Hydrogen Conference & Expo in Columbia, SC.





University Award Design
University of Waterloo Grand Prize 2.5MB PDF
Wayne State University - Team 1 Honorable Mention 1.6MB PDF
Wayne State University - Team 2 Honorable Mention 2.1MB PDF
Istanbul Technical University Participant
University of Bridgeport Participant
Missouri S&T Participant
SUNY Farmingdale State College Participant
University of South Carolina Participant
Middle East Technical University Participant
Florida Atlantic University Participant


The Challenge

The student teams designed a green student center powered by hydrogen for the State University of New York - Farmingdale. Entrants were challenged to design an energy efficient building that utilized hydrogen produced from renewable sources for as much of the building's energy needs as feasible.

 All hydrogen technologies and systems included in designs were required to be commercially available and ready for implementation for real-world use by June 2009.

The final submission had to include an executive summary that reviews the main features of the project plan in language that a general audience can understand.  For the other sections, teams had to keep in mind that the judging panel included both technical and non-technical experts.

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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 (must be documented), as well as complimentary hotel rooms (double occupancy) 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 team 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 had to send a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation (20 slides max) with highlights of the project plan.  The presentation had to be given by the team representative(s) during a keynote session of the 1,000+ person conference.


Objectives and components

The energy efficient building had to include many systems that had to be integrated in order to provide a variety of functions for its inhabitants.  This section gave students the opportunity to create a fully functional Student Center whose systems will be powered, to the maximum extent practicable, by hydrogen and renewable energy technologies.  Details of building materials were not prescribed, which meant teams had to document assumptions based on the environmental, economic and functional impact they would have.



  • Ray Kenard, American Wind & Hydrogen
  • Christy Cooper, U.S. Department of Energy
  • John Love, NYSERDA
  • Puneet Verma, Chevron
  • Fred Jahnke, Fuel Cell Energy
  • Jeremy Cohen, U.S Green Building Council


Event Supporters and Sponsors

  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • Chevron
  • Fuel Cell Energy
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • State University of New York – Farmingdale


2009 Contest Sponsors
and Supporters

Department of Energy


Fuel Cell Energy


State University of New York – Farmingdale

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