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2018 Contest
Designing a Power-to-Gas Syatem

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


The winner of the 2017-2018 HEF Student Design Contest was announced at the Department of Energy's Annual Merit Review in Washington DC from June 13-15. The Grand Prize Winner for the HEF Hydrogen Student Design Contest was the joint team from the University of Toronto and University of Florida for their Motion+ design (linked in the table below).

The 2017-18 Contest had two honorable mentions, the first being the University of Waterloo, the second being Oregon State University, Cascades. All designs and accompanying materials are linked in the table below.



(Left to Right): Dr. Steven Thorpe (University of Toronto), Bryan James (University of Florida), Jessica MacInnis (University of Toronto), Peter Thompson (HEF), Matthew Chen (University of Toronto), Yuri Savguira (University of Toronto), Jeff Serfass (HEF)



University Award Score Design Video One Pager
California State University Los Angeles   64.8% View Here View Here View Here
Oregon State University, Cascades 3rd 81.7% View Here View Here View Here
Stevens Institute of Technology   59.4% View Here N/A N/A
Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia (UTEC Team A)   36.7% View Here N/A N/A
Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia (UTEC Team B)   45.7% View Here View Here N/A
University of the Highlands and Islands   79.5% View Here View Here View Here
University of Ontario Institute of Technology   72.3% View Here View Here View Here
University of Toronto Grand Prize 87.7% View Here View Here View Here
University of Waterloo 2nd 83.6% View Here View Here View Here
Washington State University   61.4% View Here View Here View Here
West Texas A&M University   61.7% View Here View Here N/A



The Challenge

The 2017 Hydrogen Student Design Contest will challenge student teams from around the world to develop a design for a system that uses electricity to produce hydrogen for cross market uses, including energy storage, ancillary services, and transportation fuel. The teams will choose a site in their area, engage their local electric and gas utility, coordinate with regulatory bodies and safety experts, and create educational materials, including a short video.


Rules and Guidelines

The theme of the 2017-2018 Contest was "Designing a Power-to-Gas System" View the rules and guidelines >>


The winners won a travel stipend to present their design at the U.S. Department of Energy's Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation (AMR) in Washington, DC. They will also have the opportunity to have their design published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.


Judges and Advisors

  • Matt Gregori, Southern California Gas Company
  • Michel Archambault, Hydrogenics
  • Steve Jones, ITM Power
  • Nancy Dowe, NREL
  • Owen Smith, NREL
  • Kevin Harrison, NREL
  • Dave Santen, NW Natural
  • Easar Forghany, Pacific Gas and Electric


Event Supporters and Sponsors

  • Southern California Gas Company
  • Air Liquide
  • Hydrogenics
  • National Fuel Cell Research Center
  • California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative
  • Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster
  • International Association for Hydrogen Energy


2018 Sponsors

Bronze Sponsor

Supporting Organizations

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