Hydrogen Student Design Contest 2017/18


Deadline: September 15, 2017

The Hydrogen Education Foundation has announced the topic of the next competition! The 2017 Hydrogen Student Design Contest will challenge student teams from around the world to “Design a Power-to-Gas System”, 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.

Since 2004, the Hydrogen Student Design Contest has challenged multi-disciplinary teams of university students to apply their creativity and academic skills in the areas of design, engineering, economics, environmental science, business and marketing to the hydrogen and fuel cell industries. The Contest is supported by Title Sponsor Southern California Gas Company and Bronze Sponsors Air Liquide and Hydrogenics.


  • The Contest is open to undergraduate and graduate (including Ph.D.) students worldwide. Team members must be enrolled in a college or university at the time of abstract submission but do not have to be enrolled full-time. Students who are working or researching part-time in the field or a related field of the Contest topic may participate;
  • Students who are enrolled at a university at the time of abstract submission, but will graduate before July 31, 2018, may still participate;
  • Given the multi-disciplinary nature of this competition, teams are highly encouraged to include students with various expertise, including: industrial design, engineering (all types), economics, business, environmental science, policy, chemistry, marketing, education, or any other field of study relevant to the team’s design. A team with students from diverse backgrounds will help address non-technical sections much better than a homogenous team;
  • Each team is limited to a maximum of two faculty advisors. The faculty advisors must be faculty members of a college or university. Adjunct and emeritus faculty are welcome to serve in this capacity. Faculty advisors may give guidance and suggestions but cannot perform actual design work. Faculty advisors can advise more than one team, but they must assist in ensuring that the teams work independently to maintain a fair competitive atmosphere for all participants;
  • Multiple teams from one institution are permitted. However, each team must work independently to keep the competition fair for other teams;
  • Teams are encouraged to include members from only one school. If collaboration between different schools is desired, the team leader and designated faculty advisor must request approval by submitting the team registration form with a cover letter to vmedici@ttcorp.com. Teams with students from more than three schools are not allowed.


Fill out the online application form to get started. Please send an updated team roster to vmedici@ttcorp.comif any changes to your team roster are made after original registration.

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