U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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University of Maryland Wins 2012 Hydrogen Student Design Contest

June 11, 2012

The University of Maryland has won the Hydrogen Education Foundation's 2012 Hydrogen Student Design Contest. The contest, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is aligned with DOE's efforts to work with the public, academic and energy associations, to ensure that we are equipping our students and workforce with the skills and training they need to lead the clean energy economy.

This year, teams created design concepts for a tri-generation system that produces electricity, heat, and hydrogen for their university campus. The University of Maryland’s design utilizes organic and municipal solid waste via gasification and anaerobic digestion technology. This Grand Prize marks the first award for the University of Maryland in the seven-year history of the contest.

Contest participants included teams of students from 20 universities in 9 countries. Washington State University placed second and proposed a pyrolysis reactor for straw waste from agriculture in their community. The University of California, Davis won third place for a design which included a hydrogen power and heating system for a residential building complex next to their new solar village.

The winning team presented their design during a keynote session at the Young Scientist Symposium of the World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2012 in Toronto, Canada. At the awards ceremony, the theme for the next contest was announced as well. The 2013 contest will ask students for their plans for the development of hydrogen fueling infrastructure in the Northeast.

Visit the Hydrogen Student Design Contest website to learn more about the contest and how to get involved.