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2012 Contest
Combined Hydrogen, Heat and Power for a University Campus

Winners | Presentations | Standings | The Challenge | Objectives | The Prize | Judges | Sponsors


Congratulations to University of Maryland, 2012 Grand Prize Winner!

University of Maryland TeamThe Grand Prize winning team from the University of Maryland with representatives from the Department of Energy and judges at the World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2012 in Toronto, Canada.





University Award Score Design IJHE Paper
University of Maryland Grand Prize
2.7MB PDF Volume 38, Issue 12, 22 April 2013, Pages 4889–4900
Washington State University Honorable Mention
6.9MB PDF Volume 38, Issue 12, 22 April 2013, Pages 4967–4974
UC Davis Honorable Mention
1.5MB PDF Volume 38, Issue 12, 22 April 2013, Pages 4881–4888
Missouri S+T Top Ten Finisher
1.5MB PDF Volume 39, Issue 14, 5 May 2014, Pages 7460–7466
National University of Malaysia Top Ten Finisher
2.2MB PDF  
Ohio University Top Ten Finisher
1.2MB PDF  
Latvia University  Top Ten Finisher
1.5MB PDF  
Kyushu University Top Ten Finisher
3.4MB PDF  
Florida International University Top Ten Finisher
1.9MB PDF  
University of Bridgeport Top Ten Finisher
1.5MB PDF  
Chongqing University Finalist
Middle East Technical University Finalist
University of Kentucky - Lexington Finalist
California State University - Los Angeles Finalist
Kettering University Finalist
Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University Finalist
Northern Virgina Community College Finalist
University of Petroleum and Energy Studies Finalist
Stark State College Finalist
Ming Dao University Finalist
Aligarh Muslim University Participant
India Institute of Technology - Gandhinagar Participant
Jorhat Institute of Science and Technology Participant
Riga Technical University Participant
National University of Singapore Participant
TOBB University of Economics and Technology Participant
Kiev National University Participant
Brown University Participant
Northwestern University Participant
Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey Participant
University of California - Berkeley Participant
University of South Carolina Participant


The Challenge

As a part of their entry, teams developed a feedstock analysis, technical design, addressed safety and code compliance, identified end-uses on campus, conducted an economic and environmental analysis, and developed business, marketing, and public education plans for their systems.

The technologies and systems participating teams select for their project plan had to be commercially available and possible to implement for practical, real-world use by June 2012.

Phase 1 required teams to identify the type and source of the feedstock to continuously run the CHHP plant, and the energy conversions that took place.  It also was required as a component of Phase 2 submissions.

The feedstock analysis came from the amount of locally available feedstock, e.g. wastewater, landfill gas or organic matter for the production of biogas.  A graphical representation of the sourcing of the feedstock and conversion processes was encouraged. Using as many available renewable sources as possible was highly encouraged.

However, different renewable sources required different treatment/clean-up methods to be viable for use in the CHHP system. It is recognized that to provide a reliable supply of fuel for the system throughout the year, non-renewable feedstocks may be used when needed.

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The winners won an expense paid trip to present their design at a session of the World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2012 in Toronto, Canada, June 3-7, 2012.  The package included a $5,000 travel stipend and conference registrations for the team. (Grand Prize winner only)

The Energy Department supported by the Hydrogen Education Foundation presented a live webinar titled "2011 - 2012 Hydrogen Student Design Contest Winners: On-Campus Tri-Generation Fuel Cell Systems" on September 4 2012. This webinar focused on the winning entries from the University of Maryland; Washington State University; and University of California, Davis.


Objectives and components

The technical design needed to include a site plan, which was a detailed diagram of the entire system and campus.  The systems designs varied but most included the feedstock storage, conversion systems, fuel cell power plant, power distribution, heat distribution system, hydrogen production equipment, dispenser(s), storage tanks, safety equipment, basic equipment installation plan and elevations, and any other auxiliary equipment. The diagram needed to include the specific end-uses for all CHHP products (electricity, heat, and hydrogen).

Lastly a description of major system components with specifications and rationale for their choice had to be included, e.g.:

  • Feedstock Delivery System and Storage
  • Feedstock-to-Fuel Conversion System
  • Gas Treatment System and Fuel Storage
  • DFC 300, 1500, or 3000 Fuel Cell Power Plant
  • Electrical Supply Systems
  • Safety Equipment
  • Power Distribution
  • Heat Recovery and Distribution System
  • Hydrogen Recovery and Cleaning System
  • Hydrogen Compression
  • Hydrogen Storage
  • Hydrogen Dispensing / Distribution System
  • Mechanical Supply Systems



  • Christina Zhang-Tillman, California Air Resource Board
  • Michael Penev, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Terry Howe, Ballard Power Systems
  • Dustin McNally, Energy and Environmental Research Center
  • David Peterson, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  
  • Dr. Shane Stephens-Romero, National Fuel Cell Research Center
  • Jack Brouwer, National Fuel Cell Research Center
  • Matti Lilback, Fuel Cell Energy, Inc.
  • Mathew Mench, International Association for Hydrogen Energy
  • Alakh Prasad, Quadrogen Power Systems, Inc.
  • Fred Jahnke, Fuel Cell Energy, Inc.
  • Michel Archambault, Hydrogenics
  • Greg Kleen, DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Program
  • Joseph M. Daly, Fuel Cell Energy, Inc.
  • Julia Donoho, County of Sonoma – Architectural Division
  • Bhadra Grover, Air Liquide America
  • Jennifer Gangi, Fuel Cells 2000
  • Dr. Robert Remick, National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Event Supporters and Sponsors

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership
  • International Association for Hydrogen Energy
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • World Hydrogen Energy Conference



2012 Contest Sponsors
and Supporters

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership

International Association for Hydrogen Energy

U.S. Department of Energy

World Hydrogen Energy Conference

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