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2010 Contest
Designing a Hydrogen Community

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


Congratulations to Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2010 Grand Prize Winner!

Missouri University of Science and Technology TeamThe Grand Prize winning team from the Missouri University of Science and Technology at the 2010 NHA Hydrogen Conference & Expo in Long Beach, CA.



University Award Design IJHE Paper
Missouri University of Science & Technology Grand Prize 7.9MB PDF Volume 37, Issue 2, January 2012, Pages 1214–1219
University of Waterloo Honorable Mention 2.3MB PDF  
Kyiv National University Honorable Mention 7.1MB PDF  
BRAC University Participant
California State University - LA Participant
Halidia Institute of Technology Participant
Indian Institute of Science, Education, and Research - Kolkata Participant
Michigan Technology University Participant
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Participant
Tsinghua University Participant
University of Rajasthan Participant
University of Toronto Participant
University of Waterloo Participant


The Challenge

The 2010 Hydrogen Student Design Contest challenged teams of university students from around the world to plan and design the basic elements of a hydrogen community in Santa Monica, CA. They were asked to design one scalable hydrogen fueling station; identify renewable hydrogen sources in the community; and identify customers for early market hydrogen applications.  The hydrogen technologies and systems selected for their project plans had to be commercially available and possible to implement for practical, real-world use by May 2010.

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 For the 2010 Contest, the Grand Prize winning team was invited to present their design in a general session of the National Hydrogen Association’s Hydrogen Conference and Expo in Long Beach, California May 3-6, 2010. Also the team had the opportunity to present at a session of the World Hydrogen Energy Conference in Essen, Germany May 17-18, 2010. A stipend of up to $12,500 was provided for travel to both events.

Honorable mention teams received invitations to give poster presentations at the NHA Conference and Hydrogen Expo and were provided complimentary hotel rooms and registration for the event.


Objectives and components

Student teams had to evaluate and identify the potential for the production of hydrogen from renewable or byproduct sources in or near the Santa Monica, CA community.

Teams had to identify at least three existing facilities or sites within 25 miles of Santa Monica city limits that could be a producer of renewable or byproduct hydrogen. Production had to add up to a minimum of 1,000kg/day.  Examples include hydrogen produced from biogas, landfill gas, or as a byproduct of industrial processes. Hydrogen produced from electrolysis with renewable electricity was not eligible in this category.



  • Robert Rochon, The Linde Group
  • Fred Jahnke, Fuel Cell Energy
  • Amy Manheim, Department of Energy
  • Puneet Veerma, Chevron Venture Solutions
  • Amy Manheim, Department of Energy
  • Chris Guzy, Ballard Energy Systems


Event Supporters and Sponsors

  • U.S Department of Energy
  • Chevron
  • Ballard Power Systems
  • California Fuel Cell Partnership



2010 Contest Sponsors
and Supporters

Department of Energy


Ballard Power Systems

California Fuel Cell Partnership

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