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

Fuel Cell Technologies Office


Kyushu University Wins 2013 Hydrogen Student Design Contest

June 28, 2013

Kyushu University of Fukuoka, Japan, has won the Hydrogen Education Foundation's 2013 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 students and the workforce are equipped with the skills and training they need to lead the clean energy economy.

This year, teams were challenged to develop hydrogen fueling infrastructure plans for the Northeast and mid-Atlantic for the 2013–2025 timeframe. 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.

Contest participants included 24 teams of students from the United States, Japan, Great Britain, Bulgaria, Taiwan, India, and Italy. Representatives from Mercedes-Benz and Toyota announced Kyushu University as the Grand Prize Winner. Kathleen O'Malley from the Fuel Cell Technologies Office was also a part of the awards presentation. An honorable mention award was given to the well-deserved team from the University of Birmingham, Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research. The winning team presented their design during a session at the ACT Expo 2013 in Washington, D.C.

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