2012 Hydrogen Student Design Contest Theme Announced

Registration open for university students worldwide to design a combined heat, hydrogen and power system for their campus

Washington, D.C. – September 16, 2011 – Today, the Hydrogen Education Foundation announced the new theme for the 8th annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest: Combined Heat, Hydrogen, and Power. The Contest, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, will challenge students to design a tri-generation system that yields heat, hydrogen, and power, while utilizing local resources. Registration is now open for teams of university students worldwide at www.hydrogencontest.org.

"Each year, the Contest taps into the creativity and problem solving skills of today's students to design a hydrogen and fuel cell system that will improve the world we live in," said Jeff Serfass, President of the Hydrogen Education Foundation. "This school year, we're excited to see how students use renewable biogas to create heat, hydrogen and electricity in an ultra efficient design. We expect an impressive group of top universities and students from around the world to rise to this year's challenge."

Through the Contest, student teams will demonstrate their talents in engineering, architecture, marketing, and entrepreneurship. In previous years, teams have designed fueling stations, airport systems, and green buildingsall using hydrogen. Last year, the Contest attracted 47 teams from 17 countries and five continents, including seven teams from the top 20 engineering schools in the U.S.

In addition to the U.S. Department of Energy, this year's Contest is supported by the International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE), which will publish the winning entries in a scientific journal, and the World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2012 (WHEC2012).

The Grand Prize Winning team will receive an expenses-paid trip to present their winning entry to hundreds of industry professionals in a session at WHEC2012 in Toronto, Canada. A full description of prize packages can be found online at www.HydrogenContest.org

Registration for the Contest is open until November 1, 2011 and official rules and guidelines for the Contest are available on the website.

For more information on the Contest, please contact:

Emanuel Wagner, Hydrogen Education Foundation
+1-202-223-5547 x360

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About the Hydrogen Student Design Contest

Organized by the Hydrogen Education Foundation, the annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest challenges university-level students to develop innovative solutions to key issues facing the hydrogen and fuel cell industries. The Contest showcases the talents of students in many disciplines, including engineering, architecture, marketing, and entrepreneurship. www.HydrogenContest.org

About the Hydrogen Education Foundation

The Hydrogen Education Foundation promotes clean hydrogen energy technologies through student scholarships, innovative national competitions, and educational programs to encourage environmental stewardship, improve energy security, and create green jobs. www.HydrogenEducationFoundation.org

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