The Hydrogen Student Design Contest: Develop Fueling Station Business Models and Financial Analysis.

The Hydrogen Education Foundation has announced the 11th annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest, which will challenge student teams to develop business and financing models for hydrogen fueling stations. Finalists will be asked to pitch their plans to investors. Registration for the Contest, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is open at www.hydrogencontest.org until January 16, 2015.

"Expansion of hydrogen refueling infrastructure is one of the great challenges facing mass deployment of fuel cell vehicles. In California, Japan and Germany, the combination of public and industry funding has jump-started initial station construction," said Jeff Serfass, President of the Hydrogen Education Foundation. "But public financing is not a sustainable business model for successful adoption of these zero emission cars; rather, this long term transition requires hydrogen fueling stations to be funded by private investment."

Through the Contest, multidisciplinary student teams will demonstrate their talents in business, finance, engineering, public planning, architecture, marketing, and entrepreneurship. In previous years, teams have designed fueling stations, airport systems and green buildings - all using hydrogen.

The top teams will be invited to present their design to a panel of industry professionals and investors, and the winning teams will be able to present their approach at a major industry conference.

Students interested in participating in the Contest can register early by December 8, 2014 or by the final deadline of January 16, 2015. The deadline for abstracts is also January 16, 2015.

 

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