Calling all whiz kids: if you’ve always dreamed about the hydrogen-powered future, now is the time to design your fuel cell dream machine, as the U.S. Department of Energy is co-sponsoring a contest for college students to design a residential hydrogen fueling system. The 2010-2011 Hydrogen Student Design Contest— administered by the Hydrogen Education Foundation, and also sponsored by Proton Energy Systems–offers a variety of prizes to the winning team in addition to widespread exposure.
The challenge: to plan and design a residential hydrogen “power plant” system for a home, apartment complex, dorm, or other single residential building. Eligible entries will include a technical design and an economic analysis, as well as business, marketing, and public education plans for the system. The team that takes top honors will receive an expenses-paid trip to present their winning entry to thousands of industry professionals in a keynote session at the 2011 National Hydrogen Association Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C.; students on the winning teams will receive priority consideration for summer internships with participating sponsors at supporting organizations, as well as “other prizes.”
“Each year, the contest focuses on a key issue in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry,” said Kyle Gibeault, Contest Coordinator, in a statement. “For 2010-2011 we’re looking at hydrogen fueling infrastructure from the residential perspective. Based on our experience in past years, I’m confident we will receive some very innovative and thought-provoking entries from the student teams.” The competition is open to teams worldwide; the deadline to register is October 15, 2010.