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The Hydrogen Education Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of the 2008-2009 Hydrogen Student Design Contest theme: A Green Building with Hydrogen!

The Hydrogen Education Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of the 2008-2009 Hydrogen Student Design Contest theme: A Green Building with Hydrogen! HEF staff has chosen a proposal that will focus on designing a green dormitory utilizing a hydrogen system for electricity supply. The design will be intended for the State University of New York - Farmingdale, but will be applicable for other locations.

Our nation is faced with an energy crisis and hydrogen is poised to play an extremely important role in our energy future. Students will be challenged to design an energy-efficient residential building for students at SUNY-Farmingdale, located on Long Island, NY. The designs must include use of renewable resources to produce hydrogen for energy supply of the dorm. Teams will be judged based upon overall cost and return on investment, energy efficiency and emissions reductions at the school, technical accuracy of engineering of the hydrogen, use of renewable energy, and overall building systems including architectural design. Students will also be asked to develop a marketing campaign for the University to help educate students about the building and attract public attention for the new construction.

Team Registration Open

The Contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, with teams typically consisting of ten students and one faculty advisor. Winning teams will be eligible for up to $5,000 in funding to travel to the 2009 National Hydrogen Association Conference and Hydrogen Expo in Columbia, SC to present their designs to over 1,000 energy industry leaders. Team registration is now open and the offical Contest Rules and Guidelines will be released in the coming weeks - so get your team together and register today!

Not sure if you can get a team together? Contact HEF staff to see if we can assist you, and be sure to sign up for the Design Contest mailing list to assure that you are kept up to date on all Contest developments.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

The success of the Hydrogen Student Design Contest relies strongly on the support of industry and government each year. Sponsor support has helped over 400 students participate in the Contest over the past three years. This year's current sponsors have helped us get well on our way to the sponsorship goal for this year's contest. However, we are still several thousand dollars short of our needed sponsorship goal. We need your help!

Two-thirds of the funding goes directly to the winning teams to showcase their designs at the NHA Conference and Hydrogen Expo. Is your organization willing to help support this year's contest? Benefits of sponsorship include:

Positioning your organization as a leader in the shift towards alternative and sustainable energy development
Corporate exposure of your organization among hydrogen and energy industry leaders, and among key student populations
Supporting students and hydrogen education, including the future scientists and engineers in the energy and sustainable design industries
Developing business opportunities with industry leaders
Receiving a copy of each team's complete design solution
Gaining the opportunity to participate on the judging panel

The Hydrogen Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, so all
contributions are tax-exempt. Donations of $10,000, $5,000, or $2,000 are suggested. The HEF will administer the Student Design Contest and guarantee that any unused funds will be contributed towards future Contests.

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