Hydrogen Applications for Airports is the theme of this year's Hydrogen Student Design Contest. The Hydrogen Education Foundation arranges the contest for university-level students from multiple disciplines to come up with hydrogen solutions for South Carolina's Columbia Airport.

The top runners up will present their concepts to 1,500 energy industry professionals on March 29th through April 2nd, 2008 at the NHA's 19th Annual Hydrogen Conference in Sacramento, California. They will be eligible to have travel expenses paid, and the opportunity to have their plans implemented. While being in the same vein as the Automotive X Prize, this contest is perhaps more practical, as the last two contest winners didn't just receive a load of cash, but have been granted funding for the construction and implementation of their designs.

Rules for the contest include a budget of $3 million if the plan were to be put into effect, and the design must be related to water and air purity, safety, security, energy efficiency and noise pollution, and be potentially applicable to other airports around the world. Also, keeping innovations leaning closer to practicality, designs must operate on technologies and materials that will be available and possible to implement by 2009. Registration and more information for the contest are available here.

[Source: HydrogenContest.org via Fuel Cell Works]

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