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Hydrogen Student Design Contest 2016

CALL FOR ENTRIES - The new call for entries for the 2016 Hydrogen Student Design Contest invites all undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students worldwide to apply their creativity and academic skills to advance the hydrogen and fuel cell industries.


Since 2004, the Hydrogen Student Design Contest has challenged an competition with 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.

The theme of the 2016 Hydrogen Student Design Contest is “Development of a Hydrogen Powered Micro-Grid to provide grid support during peak hours and full back-up power.”

The Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) challenges participants to design a renewable hydrogen powered micro-grid capable of solely supporting a town or military base for approximately 2 days, and be able to handle at least 10% of peak demand while the macro-grid is active. The system should utilize local resources to produce and store hydrogen as well as provide hydrogen dispensing capabilities to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCEVs). Optimizations for as little environmental and economic impact as possible are required.

Given the multi-disciplinary nature of this competition, teams are highly encouraged to include students with various expertise, including: industrial design, engineering (all types), economics, business, environmental science, policy, chemistry, marketing, education, or any other field of study relevant to the team’s design. A team with students from diverse backgrounds will help address non-technical sections much better than a homogenous team.

Each team is limited to a maximum of two faculty advisors. The faculty advisors must be faculty members of a college or university. Adjunct and emeritus faculty are welcome to serve in this capacity. Faculty advisors may give guidance and suggestions but cannot perform actual design work. Faculty advisors can advise more than one team, but they must assist in ensuring that the
teams work independently to maintain a fair competitive atmosphere for all participants. Multiple teams from one institution are permitted. However, each team must work independently to keep the competition fair for other teams.

Established in 2004, the Hydrogen Student Design Contest showcases the talents of students in many disciplines, including engineering, architecture, urban planning, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

There is no entry fee for this competition!

It's free to enter!

Who can enter?

This competition is open to undergraduate and graduate (including Ph.D.) students worldwide. Team members must be enrolled in a college or university at the time of abstract submission but do not have to be enrolled full-time. Students who are working or researching part-time in the field or a related field of the Contest topic may participate.

Students who are enrolled at a university at the time of abstract submission, but will graduate before July 31, 2016, may still participate.


The grand prize winning team will be invited to present their design to industry leaders in a session of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) 2016 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meetings (AMR), scheduled for 6–10 June 2016, in Washington, D.C.. The winning team will also be awarded a stipend of up to $5,000 to cover trip expenses and their design will be published in an issue of the International Journal for Hydrogen Energy (IJHE).

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