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Enapter Challenge: Design for impact – A Green Hydrogen Future!

In order to stave off climate change, we need to decarbonize all energy vectors. Electricity from renewable sources by itself can go a long way, but not everything can be electrified and many applications will continue to rely on fuels and gases. Here, the energy carrier hydrogen presents a viable way forward, as it can be produced from just renewable electricity and water. Hydrogen is the fuel with the highest energy density by weight. It is a true multi talent and there exist many ways to make its energy usable. The green hydrogen is essential for the decarbonization of the energy world.

Goal:


We are challenging you to build the hydrogen future with Enapter. The goal for this challenge is to design creative devices and systems for hydrogen applications that will power a green energy future.

What you can do:


We are making decentralized green hydrogen production really cheap. This provides an alternative to fossil fuels. It will also give rise to new applications based on the use of green hydrogen. To build this future with us, we invite you to contribute with your talents and skills. It is the time to show the world what you can do!

Design an innovative device or system that uses the energy carrier. Go crazy and know no borders whether you are designing innovative cooking stoves, new mobility concepts, extreme sport applications, energy storage systems or whatever else. The world is your oyster!

You can also engineer any auxiliaries for hydrogen-based systems, e.g. hydrogen compressors, hydrogen storage solutions, and hydrogen drying and purification systems. Your design might be the next breakthrough in hydrogen technologies.

You can also illustrate any future scenarios where hydrogen fully replaced fossil fuels and became the primary energy source of our life. Imagine a camping site, sporting equipment, long-range drones, or race cars entirely powered by hydrogen…

Let your creativity lead us to the future of hydrogen.
The finalists are invited to present their designs at Enapter’s Generation Hydrogen event on May 19th, 2021. The winner will be announced at the event.

The Green Hydrogen cycle:


Green hydrogen is produced via water electrolysis using renewable power sources. The anion exchange membrane (AEM) electrolyser can generate 500 NL of hydrogen gas per hour by splitting water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen with an electrical power input of 2.4 kW. This endothermic reaction can store the electrical energy in hydrogen in the form of chemical bonds. What can you do with the green hydrogen produced via electrolysis? One of the most important ways to utilize green hydrogen is to subsequently release the renewable energy. This requires an exothermic reaction of the hydrogen-oxygen combination. The process can be carried out in a hydrogen burner or a hydrogen fuel cell.

A hydrogen burner can produce heat via direct or catalytic combustion with water as the only by-product. Hydrogen and oxygen are fed into the burner separately, where the combustion reaction is initiated by ignition or catalysts. The generated heat can be used directly for cooking, residential heating, etc. It can also be converted to mechanical energy by driving a hydrogen steam engine.

Fuel cells sandwich negative and positive electrodes around an electrolyte solution. In hydrogen fuel cells, a catalyst at the negative electrode separates hydrogen molecules into protons and electrons. The electrons take an external route to the positive electrode, creating electricity flow, and reunite with the protons (and oxygen) to produce hydrogen fuel cells’ only other emissions: water and heat. In this way, the fuel cell can provide electricity to the external devices.

Hydrogen is an ideal power source for heat or electricity in your designs.

Most characteristic hydrogen applications

[long-term energy storage] Hydrogen fuel cells are often used to replace diesel generators for zero-carbon electricity. It also has the additional advantage of long-term energy storage, whereas diesel has an expiration time of only 6-12 months.

[on-site production] Hydrogen can be simply produced from water and renewable energy (e.g. wind, solar, tidal power). The AEM electrolyser can even be fed with rainwater. Hydrogen is ideal for applications at remote locations where transport of fuels is extremely limited.

[high energy density] 1kg of hydrogen contains 39.8 kWh (higher heating value) of energy. The high energy/weight density makes hydrogen a highly efficient fuel material for aviation and other applications, where the fuel weight should be reduced to the minimum.

[quick refill] Compared to batteries, hydrogen can be refilled more quickly. Considering the high energy density of hydrogen, the energy per refill gives hydrogen a better advantage over batteries for long-distance mobility and similar fields.

Here are some examples of existing hydrogen applications to get your creativity started!
Hydrogen BBQ grill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMPKuRQrR9o

Hydrogen internal combustion engine: https://www.keyou.de/technology/?lang=en

Hydrogen snow mobile: https://www.rotax.com/en/news/latest/detail/rotax-lynx-hysnow-hinterstoder-kopie.html

Hydrogen battery system: https://lavo.com.au/lavo-hydrogen-battery/

Hydrogen-powered camping: https://meethydrogen.com/aurorahuts-igloo-houseboats-now-with-hydrogen-fuel-cells/

Hydrogen aircraft: https://www.enapter.com/use-cases/hydrogen-aircrafts-zero-avia

Hydrogen long-range drone: https://www.hes.sg/hycopter

Hydrogen race car: https://www.thaiger.hochschule-stralsund.de/en/

Please find more information on green hydrogen application here: https://www.enapter.com/green-hydrogen-choose-your-application

We recommend using the CAD model of Enapter AEM electrolyser text when your design involves a hydrogen generator. You could easily find all technical specifications inthe AEM electrolyser datasheets.

The working principle of the AEM electrolyser can be found here: https://www.enapter.com/aem-water-electrolysis-how-it-works

Requirements

  • Judging criteria


    The designs will be judged on their originality and creativity. The concept will be evaluated as well as the execution of the design.
    The design should maximize the advantages of hydrogen, e.g. high energy density, quick refueling, on-site production.
    Designs with more detailed information and technical specifications are favored.
    You will gain bonus points when your design takes feasibility, manufacturability, and cost-effectiveness into consideration.

  • Specifications for file submission
    Model file format: models should be submitted in .stp or .igs formats and as 3D-pdf file.

    Images of the design from FRONT, SIDE and TOP views should be included in your submission.

    Renderings: photo-realistic renderings can earn bonus points from the jury.
    Please provide a short description of the device and rationale of the design in a PDF file.

    If the files are zipped, the file compression should be compatible with Windows 10 and should not require any special software to unzip.

Rules

  • ENTERING THE COMPETITION:


    If you think an entry may infringe on existing copyrighted materials, please email challenges@grabcad.com.


    By entering the Challenge you:

      1) Accept the official GrabCAD Challenges Terms & Conditions.
      2) Agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges (Jury).
      3) Warrant that you are eligible to participate.
      4) Warrant that the submission is your original work. Warrant, to the best of your knowledge, your work is not, and has not been in production or otherwise previously published or exhibited.
      5) Warrant neither the work nor its use infringes the intellectual property rights (whether a patent, utility model, functional design right, aesthetic design right, trademark, copyright or any other intellectual property right) of any other person.
      6) Warrant participation shall not constitute employment, assignment or offer of employment or assignment.
      7) Are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement for any costs.
      8) Agree the Sponsor and GrabCAD have the right to promote all entries.


  • SUBMITTING AN ENTRY


    Only entries uploaded to GrabCAD through the "Submit entry" button on this Challenge page will be considered an entry. Only public entries are eligible. We encourage teams to use GrabCAD Workbench for developing their entries. Entries are automatically given the tag "EnapterChallengeGreen2021" when uploading to GrabCAD. Please do not edit or delete this tag. Only entries with valid tag will participate in the Challenge.

  • AWARDING THE WINNERS

    The sum of the Awards is the total gross amount of the reward. The awarded participant is solely liable for the payment of all taxes, duties, and other similar measures if imposed on the reward pursuant to the legislation of the country of his/her residence, domicile, citizenship, workplace, or any other criterion of similar nature. Only 1 award per person. Prizes may not be transferred or exchanged. All winners will be contacted by the GrabCAD staff to get their contact information and any other information needed to get the prize to them. Payment of cash awards is made through GrabCAD, All team awards will be transferred to the member who entered the Challenge.

    If you have any questions regarding awarding your prizes please message Kesa at Kesa@GrabCAD.com or Joz at Jocelyn@GrabCAD.com.

  • We will release the finalists before the announcement of the winners to give the Community an opportunity to share their favorites in the comments, discuss concerns, and allow time for any testing or analysis by the Jury. The Jury will take the feedback into consideration when picking the winners.


    Winning designs will be chosen based on the Rules and Requirements.

  • Schedule


    This Challenge ends on April 22nd, 2021 (23:59 EST.) Finalists Annouced on May 5th, 2021 Winners will be announced on May 19th, 2021 at the Generation Hydrogen event.

Prizes

$3000 in Prizes

First Place

$1400

Second Place

$800

Third Place

$500

Fourth Place

$300

About Enapter

Enapter designs and manufactures highly efficient hydrogen generators. The core technology is built on unique and patented Anion Exchange Membrane (AEM) electrolysis. Our vision is to pave the way for clean energy by replacing fossil fuels with green hydrogen and making it accessible.

Find out more about Enapter here: https://www.enapter.com/

Generation Hydrogen, May 2021, is an online event zeroing in on trailblazing hydrogen technology. We will bring the brightest minds in hydrogen together: students, experts, and all those fighting climate change with green hydrogen (including the Enapter team). Expect more than the average exhibition or academic conference. It’s the active rendezvous for anyone passionate about hydrogen to dive deep into tech. We are keen to meet those as fervent for hydrogen as we are, to develop new technologies and partnerships. Generation Hydrogen is the place to show the world how hydrogen innovations will impact our lives.

Find out more about the Generation Hydrogen event here: https://www.generationhydrogen.com/

46 comments

  • A D

    A D 2 months ago

    :D :D :D :D :D

    A D has uploaded 56 CAD models & has left 9 comments.
  • Riccardo Rabotti

    Riccardo Rabotti 2 months ago

    Hello,
    I would like to ask for information.
    Is it possible to deliver the project in .stl format?
    I'm currently working on Blender in order to design the model and render the scene.
    The project will be submitted in .stl format with PDF attachments.
    Thanks!

    Riccardo Rabotti has uploaded 5 CAD models & has left 4 comments.
  • Jingwen Wang

    Jingwen Wang 2 months ago

    @Riccardo Rabotti, thank you for your comment. We may not be able to visualize some features with the .stl format, but we can try anyway. If you can also provide some additional documentation to show your work, it should be enough.
    We are looking forward to seeing your design!

    Jingwen Wang has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • Deniz Aksoy

    Deniz Aksoy 2 months ago

    Sir the question of mine is what topic we should focus on. Usage of hydrogen with Enapter's device produced or design a system that can maintain itself with Enapter devices while using solar or wind electricity and producing hydrogen or finding new area that hydrogen can be used. I think it is not clear enough

    Deniz Aksoy has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 3 comments.
  • Kamen Rusev

    Kamen Rusev 2 months ago

    Kamen Rusev has uploaded 55 CAD models & has left 267 comments.
  • Jingwen Wang

    Jingwen Wang about 2 months ago

    @Deniz Aksoy thank you for your feedbacks. One of the purpose for the Hydrogen Challenge is to demonstrate the versatility of hydrogen application. We are hoping to see more than the existing hydrogen techs. It would be the best if you can find new exciting areas that hydrogen can be used. We also think that a nice improvement and awesome modifications based on existing hydrogen applications deserve celebrations as well. Any applications that help to replace fossil fuels with hydrogen and stave off climate change are welcome!
    We are looking forward to seeing your designs!

    Jingwen Wang has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • Karnotcycle

    Karnotcycle about 2 months ago

    Hey, Is it possible for a bunch of us to join forces even though we deliver only one entry towards the end?

    Karnotcycle has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • Jingwen Wang

    Jingwen Wang about 2 months ago

    @Karnotcycle Hi, of course, it is possible. Team work is always welcome!
    Please refer to GrabCAD rules for submitting your entry as a team.
    Good luck!

    Jingwen Wang has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • solidworks saeed

    solidworks saeed about 2 months ago

    hey
    Do I have to register somewhere to compete?

    solidworks saeed has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 4 comments.
  • Jingwen Wang

    Jingwen Wang about 2 months ago

    @solidworks saeed Hi, you can simply submit your entry here via GrabCAD, like all the other challenges on this platform.
    If you want to follow the updates of the Generation Hydrogen event, where winners will be announced, you can head to https://www.generationhydrogen.com/ and register for the event.

    Jingwen Wang has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • Karnotcycle

    Karnotcycle about 2 months ago

    @Jingwen Wang Thank You....

    Karnotcycle has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • Karnotcycle

    Karnotcycle about 2 months ago

    Hi, Is anyone looking for joining forces together on a team? I believe this project will see better output with collaborative work. I am open for this idea - if you share similar thoughts please message me here.

    Karnotcycle has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • Pradeep Kumar Srinivasan

    Pradeep Kumar Srinivasan about 2 months ago

    @karnotcycle I am interested.. Do you like to to setup a meeting and have a discussion?

    Pradeep Kumar Srinivasan has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • nick hitchcock

    nick hitchcock about 2 months ago

    could you please correct the units in the first paragraph of the "green hydrogen cycle" paragraph. what is an NL?

    nick hitchcock has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • solidworks saeed

    solidworks saeed about 2 months ago

    @Jingwen Wang tanks a lot

    solidworks saeed has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 4 comments.
  • Jingwen Wang

    Jingwen Wang about 2 months ago

    @nick hitchcock Hi, NL stands for "normal liter", that is one liter of gas at a pressure of 1 atmosphere and at a standard temperature of 0 °C. Hope this helps.

    Jingwen Wang has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • Karnotcycle

    Karnotcycle about 2 months ago

    @nick Hitchcock please DM me.

    Karnotcycle has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • Jingwen Wang

    Jingwen Wang about 2 months ago

    Green hydrogen is essential for our world’s decarbonisation, that much is clear. There are vast number of use cases. But we believe there are so many more to come. The Enapter Hydrogen Challenge is where you can unleash the versatility of the green gas.
    Finalists will be invited to present their ideas in front of an audience at the Generation Hydrogen event on May 19, 2021. We will hold an award ceremony for the four winners as well.
    You can find more about the purpose of the event and this challenge here: https://www.enapter.com/a-hydrogen-challenge-for-all

    Jingwen Wang has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • e.g.oussama

    e.g.oussama about 2 months ago

    solar tawer is utility in the future to provide hydrogen, electricity and distilled water instead of installing silicon photovoltaic panels, we can use solar tawer to provide electricity by using its turbine which works with water vapor and at the places of use the water from the reservoir in the station we can use sea water to produce water vapor then the condensation of this vapor can produce distilled water this product (distilled water) is very important for countries which have the desert knowing that the amount of rain in the coming years will deteriorate further due to the emission of CO2 in can also used electricity supplied in large quantities feed the stations near the sea to produce hydrogen which will be dispersed in all countries of the world for example Africa will produce hydrogen for Europe and Africa, America has its desert and China has a desert and Saudi Arabia Australia and hydrogen will be used as fuel for cars and gas turbines that generate electricity we must react quickly to find the balance of nature in keeping our technological growth.solar tawer.

    e.g.oussama has uploaded 39 CAD models & has left 284 comments.
  • Lucifer  Dsuza

    Lucifer Dsuza about 2 months ago

    i have a doubt that if i register in this event and could not complete the project in time could it create any problem to me

    Lucifer Dsuza has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 3 comments.
  • Jingwen Wang

    Jingwen Wang about 2 months ago

    @Lucifer Dsuza, Hi, you don't need to worry. Completing the project is not a prerequisite for registering or even joining the event. We would love to see your designs as one of the entries, but there won't be any trouble for you if you can't finish on time.
    Perhaps working with team mates can help you and get the designs done more quickly! We are looking forward to see your awesome result!

    Jingwen Wang has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • Arek Nowak

    Arek Nowak about 1 month ago

    great challenge!

    Arek Nowak has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • Artem Tayurskii

    Artem Tayurskii about 1 month ago

    Interesting competition, I have some ideas and would like to participate. But grabcad didn't publish my latest model for unknown reasons and so I don't know if it makes sense to participate.

    Artem Tayurskii has uploaded 18 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • Deni Maric

    Deni Maric 24 days ago

    Haven’t got my model published neither. Wondering what is the reason.
    Artem, what happened with yours?

    Deni Maric has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 23 comments.
  • Deni Maric

    Deni Maric 24 days ago

    Hi guys, just to let you know. In case your model wasn't uploaded first time. Just try to upload it again. There might be an slight issue with the upload. That happened to me. On the second upload, everything worked.

    Deni Maric has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 23 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 23 days ago

    We are looking into the issue on why you all cant upload to the challenge. Please hold on to your submission until we resolve this issue.

    Kesa has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 169 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 18 days ago

    Hello Everyone. Looks like the Uploader for the Challenge is fixed, please upload your model as soon as possible and Make sure you put the "EnapterChallengeGreen2021" Tag on your model when you upload. Thank you for being a part of this challenge and thank you for your patience.

    Best
    Kesa
    GrabCAD Community Manager

    Kesa has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 169 comments.
  • Ilel David

    Ilel David 16 days ago

    the deadline its not matching between what its wirtten on the blue box at the top right corner and what you wrote in the rules - schedule (ends on April 22nd, 2021 (23:59 EST.) which one is the correct??

    Ilel David has uploaded 5 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • Jingwen Wang

    Jingwen Wang 16 days ago

    @Ilel David, I just contacted @Kesa to fix the count down time at the top right corner. It will be fixed soon. No worries.

    Jingwen Wang has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • Ilel David

    Ilel David 16 days ago

    thanks a lot !! @Jingwen Wang

    Ilel David has uploaded 5 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • Jophin Louis

    Jophin Louis 15 days ago

    Thanks a lot team Enapter and team GRABCAD for providing this opportunity. I learnt more about the possibilities of Hydrogen through participating in this challenge.

    Jophin Louis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 24 comments.
  • Deni Maric

    Deni Maric 3 days ago

    Hi everyone, does anyone knows when and how the announcement of the finalist will happen today? I barely slept last night :D

    Deni Maric has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 23 comments.
  • Jingwen Wang

    Jingwen Wang 3 days ago

    @Deni Maric We are finalizing the results with our jury. The finalists will be announced later today.
    Please bear with us for a few more hours. :D

    Jingwen Wang has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • Deni Maric

    Deni Maric 3 days ago

    @Jingwen Wang,
    thanks for the fast reply. Looking forward for the results. Bet you know how it feels. :D :D :D

    Deni Maric has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 23 comments.
  • Jophin Louis

    Jophin Louis 2 days ago

    Hi, I noticed an announcement saying that, finalists are listed....where can I see the list ?

    Jophin Louis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 24 comments.
  • Jingwen Wang

    Jingwen Wang 2 days ago

    Hi everyone, the challenge team at GrabCAD is in the process of publishing the finalists. The list will soon be completed with 10 finalists in total. We appreciate your patience. Many thanks.

    Jingwen Wang has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • Jophin Louis

    Jophin Louis 2 days ago

    @Jingwen wang....Only 9 are listed now...

    Jophin Louis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 24 comments.
  • Jingwen Wang

    Jingwen Wang 2 days ago

    @Jophin Louis yes. One of the entry was deleted by the participant. We are communicating with them to bring it back.

    Jingwen Wang has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • RENVEER A R

    RENVEER A R 2 days ago

    Great to see diverse hydrogen applications and innovative ideas. But I found most of the solutions are unrealistic for the case of hydrogen in practice nor it discuss the challenges of hydrogen. Please do consider technical specifications and practicality of the designs for evaluation.

    RENVEER A R has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • KANSARA PIYUSH

    KANSARA PIYUSH 2 days ago

    Congratulations for all finalist.

    KANSARA PIYUSH has uploaded 11 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • Abe Gladstone

    Abe Gladstone 1 day ago

    We are happy to announce the finalists for the Enapter: Design for Impact! Take a look and let us know which finalist is your favorite! Next, the judges will be taking an in depth look at all of the entries with regards to the judging criteria. Congratulations to the finalists and to everyone who entered!
    https://grabcad.com/challenges/enapter-challenge-design-for-impact-a-green-hydrogen-future/results

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