Monday, February 8, 2016

2016 Hydrogen Student Design Contest

The Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) is promoting the 2016 Hydrogen Student Design Contest: “Development of a Hydrogen Powered Microgrid for Grid Services and Back-Up.”  The Hydrogen Student Design Contest ( is an annual competition supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, NREL, and industry since 2004.
This year’s contest will challenge students to design a hydrogen-powered microgrid capable of powering a town, military installation, port, or similar large facility for approximately 2 days, and be able to handle at least 10% of peak demand while the microgrid is active. The system should utilize local resources to produce and store hydrogen as well as provide hydrogen dispensing capabilities to hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).
The top team(s) will receive a $5,000 stipend to attend the Department of Energy’s Annual Merit Review in Washington, DC to present their plan to a diverse audience of industry, academic, and government leaders, have their winning entry published in the IAHE International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, participate in a Department of Energy webinar, and have the chance to secure an internship with an industry sponsor.

Interested students can learn more via the website, and:
·         to find an information flyer (

·         to access the power point slide presentation ( to help spread the world about the contest

·         to find a copy of the Rules & Guidelines at the following link:

We would appreciate any feedback you have regarding the contest.

The registration deadline is February 10, 2016, with an extended deadline ending on February 24, 2016. To register for this year’s contest online, students should go to:

Questions? Email contest coordinator Vera Medici at