2016 Hydrogen Student Design Contest Winners

Friday, June 10, 2016

Student wiiners for 2016 Hydrogen Design contest
A team from University of Waterloo was the Grand Prize Winner of the Hydrogen Education Foundation's 2016 Hydrogen Student Design Contest, announced at a session of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Annual Merit Review (AMR) in Washington, DC. This year's Contest required student teams to design a hydrogen powered micro-grid with the capability of solely supporting a community, facility, or military base for two days, with the ability to handle at least 10% of peak demand while the macro-grid is active, as well as provide grid support during peak times. Teams from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, India, Indonesia, Peru, and South Africa participated in the Contest. The winning Waterloo team was mentored by Professor Michael Fowler and Dr. Azadeh Maroufmashat of Chemical Engineering, included Chemical Engineering students Ushinik Mukherjee, Mohammed Barbouti, Nidhi Juthani, Jonathan Ranisau, Aaron Trainor and School of Planning student Hadi El-shayeb.

DOE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Air Liquide sponsored the Contest and announced University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada, as the Grand Prize Winner, their third Grand Prize and fifth award in the history of the Contest. The team's design used Cornwall, ON, Canada, as the basis for the location of their renewable hydrogen-powered micro-grid design. Hydrogen, generated by Hydrogenics electrolysers, is used as an energy storage medium to be converted back into electricity by Hydrogenics PEM (Polymer Electrolyte Membrane) fuel cells. The system is designed to supply hydrogen to 100 forklifts used at a food distribution center and more than 30 FCEVs used in the residential community. Wind, solar and hydrogen power continuously supply 10% of the energy demand of the community as well as the full demand for two days in the event of a blackout. Key to meeting this criteria is the vehicle-to-grid concept used in the design, where FCEVs can be connected to charging stations to supply power back to the grid during peak demand or emergency scenarios.