Drawing from the Humboldt State University Team's Design The University of Waterloo Team, Grand Prize Winners for 2011 Detail from the University of Toronto's Design The Kyushu University Team, 2013's Grand Prize Winner Detail from the University of Waterloo's 2011 Grand Prize-Winning Design
Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Contest is University of Waterloo
June 21, 2016 - The Department of Energy (DOE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Air Liquide, sponsors of the 2016 Contest, announced University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada, as the Grand Prize Winner. This is Waterloo's third Grand Prize and fifth award in the history of the Contest. The team's design used Cornwall, ON, Canada, as the basis for the location of their renewable hydrogen-powered micro-grid design. Hydrogenis used as an energy storage medium to be converted back into electricity by PEM (Polymer Electrolyte Membrane) fuel cells.The system is designed to supply hydrogen to 100 forklifts used at a food distribution center and more than 30 FCEVs used in the residential community. Wind, solar and hydrogen power continuously supply 10% of the energy demand of the community as well as the full demand for two days in the event of a blackout. Key to meeting this criteria is the vehicle-to-grid concept used in the design, where FCEVs can be connected to charging stations to supply power back to the grid during peak demand or emergency scenarios.
Student Team Abstracts Returned, Webinar Announced
March 10, 2016 - All student team abstracts have now been reviewed by our judges, and their comments have been returned to the teams. Teams will now have an opportunity to review these comments and continue developing their designs. Teams may also submit follow-up questions to judges, which will be addressed in the next webinar, on March 17th, 2016, at 2 PM EST. Click here to see other important dates or register for the webinar >>
Extended Registration- February 24
February 8, 2016 - Due to the 1-week delay of the introductory webinar, registration for the Hydrogen Student Design Contest is being extended to Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Register here>>
Introductory Webinar Posted to Website
February 8, 2016 - The Introductory Webinar slides have now been posted, along with questions that were asked during the webinar, along with their answers. Unfortunately, the recording of the webinar crashed and is not available. See the webinar >>
Introductory Webinar RESCHEDULED
January 26, 2016 - Due to the continued closure of the federal government in Washington, DC following severe weather, the introductory webinar for the 2016 Hydrogen Student Design Contest has been postponed. This free 1-hour webinar will now take place on Monday, February 1st, 2pm -3pm EST. All students who have previously registered are automatically registered for the new date and time; there is no need to re-register. For those who can no longer attend at the new time, they may still submit their questions and will receive a recording of the webinar following the presentation.
The introductory webinar is designed to provide an overview of the contest and answer student questions. Students are encouraged to register for the contest before signing up for the webinar. Learn more about registration here>>
Introductory Webinar Announced
January 20, 2016 - Students are now able to begin signing up for the introductory webinar for the 2016 Hydrogen Student Design Contest. This free 1-hour webinar will take place on Tuesday, January 26th, at 2pm EST, and is designed to provide an overview of the contest and answer student questions. Students are encouraged to register for the contest before signing up for the webinar. Learn more about registration here>>
Student Design Contest Launches Registration
January 8, 2016 - The Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) has officially launched registration for the 2016 Student Design Contest. This semester-long project challenges undergraduate and graduate students to design a hydrogen-powered microgrid capable of powering a town, military installation, port, or similar industrial facility for approximately 2 days.
Teams must register by end-of-day February 10, 2016, with a project outline due on February 24. A webinar on March 14th will help provide feedback on student progress. The contest is primarily sponsored by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), with other sponsors and a panel of experts across industry and academia.
The winning team will receive a trip to Washington, DC to participate in the DOE Annual Merit Review, and present their project to leaders in the renewable energy field. All winning teams’ designs are also planned to be published in the International Journal for Hydrogen Energy (IJHE), a major industry publication. Sponsors may also consider students for internship positions. Additional prizes for the 1st place team and 2nd-place team will be determined by sponsorship levels.
2016 Contest to Design a Hydrogen Powered Micro-Grid
WASHINGTON, DC - October 8, 2015 - Today, on National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) announced the topic of its 2016 Hydrogen Student Design Contest. The HEF is planning to challenge student teams to design a hydrogen powered micro-grid to provide grid support and services, including back-up power for a municipality.
The HEF is actively encouraging industry partners to consider supporting the Contest, and interested parties should contact Emanuel Wagner, Hydrogen Education Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-202-223-5547 x360.
Registration Extended for 2015 Student Contest to Develop Innovative Hydrogen Station Business Models
January 15, 2015 - The Hydrogen Education Foundation has announced an extension of registration for the 11th annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest. The 2015 Contest challenges student teams to develop business and financing models for hydrogen fueling stations and is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Read more >>
2015 Contest to Develop Innovative Hydrogen Fueling Station Business Models and Financial Analysis
November 25, 2014 - Today, the Hydrogen Education Foundation announced the 11th annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest, which will challenge student teams to develop business and financing models for hydrogen fueling stations. Finalists will be asked to pitch their plans to investors. Registration for the Contest, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is open at www.hydrogencontest.org until January 16, 2015. Read more >>
DOE Webinar to Showcase Winners of 2014 & Theme of 2015 Hydrogen Student Design Contests
November 3, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Energy and Hydrogen Education Foundation have announced a webinar on the 2014 and 2015 Hydrogen Student Design Contest for November 6, 2014 at 2 PM ET, 11 AM PT. The teams from Washington State University and Humboldt State University will present their winning designs. Register now >> or read more >>
About the Contest
Since 2004, the Hydrogen Student Design Contest has challenged multi-disciplinary teams of university students to apply their creativity and academic skills in the areas of design, engineering, economics, environmental science, business and marketing to the hydrogen and fuel cell industries.
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