the IEEE Power Electronics Society,
the IEEE Industry Applications Society,
the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society,
the IEEE Power Engineering Society,
the U. S. Department of Energy,
the U.S. Department of Defense,
the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL),
The Motor Resource Center and Advanced Energy,
the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics, and others.
Our sponsors, team gallery, and Organizing Committee list can be accessed here, included the 2001 Future Energy Challenge overview video.
News about the 2003 International Future Energy Challenge:
The 2003 Future Energy Challenge Organizing Committee is pleased to announce Final Awards for this year's competition topics:
1st Place and Best Inverter Performance – Seoul National University
The award amount is $25,000.
Best Technical Documentation – Seoul National University of Technology, $5,000
Best Technical Presentation – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, $5,000
1st Place Overall – Illinois Institute of Technology, $12,000
2nd Place Overall – University of Illinois, $7500
Best Technical Documentation – Illinois Institute of Technology, $2500
Best Technical Presentation – University of Illinois, $2500
Honorable Mention – University of Wisconsin, $2500
University of South Carolina, $2500
Bangledesh University of Engineering and Technology, $2500
We congratulate all of the teams for their outstanding performance in a competition where the design targets are so difficult to attain. Their dedication to advancing the state-of-the-art in energy conversion has been tremendous.
We thank NETL (Morgantown, WV) and Advanced Energy (Rayleigh, NC) for hosting the respective competitions. Thanks also go to the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, IEEE Industry Applications, Power Electronics, and Power Engineering Societies, and the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics at the University of Illinois for their financial support.
We also thank the judges of each competition for dedicating their valuable
time and insight:
Doni Nastasi, EPRI PEAC (Power Electronics Application Center)
Nicholas Josefik, US Army Corps of Engineers, CEERD-CF-E
Ira Pitel, Magna-Power Inc.
Robert Maple, Delphi Auto
Dan Johnson, Acumetrics
Mike Lucas, FuelCell Energy
Burak Ozpineci, Oak Ridge National Lab
Gary Kuzkin, Square D
Steve Colby, Square D
Hamid Toliyat, Texas A&M University
Bret Clark, Emerson Electric
Herman Wiegman, General Electric
Thanks to our equipment sponsors!
Magna-Power Electronics and Yokogawa Electric Corp. provided major electronic instrumentation in support of the fuel-cell topic. Their help is greatly appreciated. See links on our sponsor page.
Congratulations to all Finalist and Semi-Finalist teams!!
· Finalist teams for the motor system topic were:
In addition, one semi-finalist team was
announced for the motor system topic:
Bangledesh University of Engineering and Technology.
· In addition, four semi-finalist teams were announced for the inverter topic:
o University of Akron
o Colorado School of Mines
o Drexel University
o Michigan State University
· For those interested in competition details, the specification requirements are included in the Request for Proposal document (Word).
· The IFEC Workshop was held Feb. 10 and 11, 2003, at APEC in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. Participating teams were eligible to submit a travel grant that will cover the expenses for a student leader. Click here for more information. The tentative agenda is available here.
Scope: An international student competition for innovation, conservation, and effective use of electrical energy. The competition is open to college and university student teams from recognized engineering programs in any location. Participation is on a proposal basis.
Overview: The 2003 Future Energy Challenge has been organized for participation by student engineering teams around the world. The theme of the 2003 Future Energy Challenge is "Energy Challenge in the Home." The objective is to introduce engineering design innovations that can demonstrate dramatic reductions in residential electricity consumption from utility sources or that can lead to the best use of electricity in newly connected homes in developing nations. The innovations should be low in cost, and should have broad potential for the future. Student teams will choose their general area of technology contribution from the broad topics described below.
Total prize money of at least $100,000 will be awarded for work that meets aggressive targets for engineering design innovation. (In the end, about 2/3 of the total prizes were awarded. It was not easy for the teams to meet the targets!) The first requirement was a Letter of Intent, due by April 8, 2002. Please look at the complete announcement for details.