Ecotality Sponsors Arizona's First International Fuel Cell Competition
Ecotality, Inc, a renewable energy company addressing the global energy challenge by developing eco-friendly technologies, today announced that Arizona has been selected as the third and final state to hold an official qualifying event for the "International Youth Fuel Cell Competition". Sponsored by Ecotality, the "Arizona Youth Fuel Cell Competition" is open to all Arizona high school students and will take place on May 19, 2007 at the Heritage and Science Park in Phoenix, Arizona. This event is open to the press and public.
The Arizona Youth Fuel Cell Competition will showcase solar and hydrogen fuel cell cars that are designed and built by Arizona high school students. From concept to prototype, the challenge that students are tasked with is to overcome the same real world constraints faced by today's worldwide auto manufacturers as they relate to hydrogen production and storage. The cars are miniature models of those currently used by major automakers to create hydrogen fuel cell vehicles; they represent the best and brightest ideas of the state's youth. The winning team from the "Arizona Youth Fuel Cell Competition" will represent Arizona at the "International Youth Fuel Cell Competition" to take place in San Antonio, Texas in October 2007.
"The Arizona Youth Fuel Cell Competition
encourages the state's youth to be a part of the dialogue in realizing alternative energy solutions, with the hope to instill green-minded thinking," said Jonathan Read, CEO of Ecotality. "The educational event aligns with Ecotality's mission to foster and support scientific discovery of renewable energy and clean technology solutions."
Kay Larson, Director of the IYFCC, stated, "This competition highlights the growing global efforts of renewable energy education and the importance of students to the future of this science, particularly as it relates to hydrogen fuel cells. We are excited about our partnership with Ecotality
and bringing this event to Arizona as it will increase public attention to global efforts in bringing fuel cell and renewable energy into classrooms."
The "International Youth Fuel Cell Competition" will take place on October 12-18, 2007, in conjunction with the "2007 Fuel Cell" seminar which is being held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Organizers for the 2007 "International Youth Fuel Cell Competition" expect 16 teams to compete for top honors at the event. The teams represent more than 12 international countries including: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Russia and the United States. For more information about the competition, visit www.iyfcc.com
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