Washington, D.C. [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Thirteen university teams from Russia, Canada and the United States have taken on the challenge of designing a Hydrogen Power Park for the 2005 H2U Student Design Contest. The National Hydrogen Association (NHA), ChevronTexaco and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) opened registration to the contest in September, and the registered teams have until January 14, 2005 to submit their designs.“Power parks are basically a combination of fueling and power generation contained in one location,” said Jeff Serfass, President of the NHA. “For H2U 2005, we opened the competition internationally and we’re thrilled that schools are responding.” Interdisciplinary teams of students are required to develop a technical design; conduct necessary safety, economic, and environmental analyses; and outline a marketing and education campaign to raise public support for implementation of the design. The Grand Prize-winning team will receive a $5,000 stipend to present their design to the public at the NHA Annual Hydrogen Conference 2005, held from March 29 to April 1 in Washington, DC. Four Honorable Mention teams will also present their designs as exhibition posters and receive free conference entry. All winning designs will be published in the conference proceedings. To date, more than 130 graduate and undergraduate students have officially engaged in developing their designs, and over 300 students from more than 90 universities have been following the contest. This is more than double the interest from last year’s inaugural competition. “The innovative work of these students, our scientists of tomorrow, demonstrates the exciting future of hydrogen,” said David Garman, the Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “This year, the H2U Design Contest will continue to connect students with government and industry in pursuit of hydrogen development.” In addition to the title sponsors, Swagelok Company will participate as a Hydrogen Mentor. Hydrogen Mentors have an active seat on the judging panel for the contest, and subsidize the participation of students to the NHA Annual Hydrogen Conference. For more information about becoming a Hydrogen Mentor and the H2U contest, including contest guidelines and important deadlines, visit the link below or call the NHA at 202-223-5547.