Students Plan Hydrogen Refuelling Infrastructure for Northeastern United States

26 Jun 2013

H2 Student Contest

The winners of the 2012-2013 Hydrogen Student Design Contest were announced this week at a session of the Alternative Clean Energy Expo 2013 in Washington D.C. The challenge set for this year’s teams was to develop plans for a hydrogen fuelling infrastructure in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States between 2013 and 2025.

24 teams from the United States, Japan, Great Britain, Bulgaria, Taiwan, India, and Italy participated in this year's competition and the team from Kyushu University was revealed as the Grand Prize Winner. Representatives from Mercedes-Benz and Toyota also gave an honourable mention award to the team from the University of Birmingham, Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research.

"The design from Kyushu University proposes infrastructure development in key urban areas using modular and portable stations, allowing the build-out of stations and adding sites with growing demand" said Jeff Serfass, President of the Hydrogen Education Foundation. "This cluster approach is used in hydrogen infrastructure development plans in California and abroad and shows much promise for the Northeast as well," Serfass added.

The annual Contest, which this year was supported by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Department of Energy, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz, demonstrates the talents of the student teams in the fields of engineering, architecture, marketing, and entrepreneurship. As part of their award, the team from Kyushu University received an expenses-paid trip to the ACT Expo 2013 in Washington, D.C. to present their design in front of industry representatives. For a complete list of the submissions, and to see the winning designs, visit the website.

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