Gladston fires up for Horizon Hydrogen Grand Prix

Three 1:10 scale hydrogen-powered model cars (hydrogen grand prix)
1:10 scale hydrogen-powered model cars (Image: Horizon Educational)

Gladstone in regional Queensland is set to host Australia’s inaugural Horizon Hydrogen Grand Prix (H2GP), a school-based science and engineering program that seeks to nurture the talent of the world’s future renewable energy leaders.

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The four-hour race will be held at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre this Friday, 21 April from 10.30am and will be supported by several industry and government partners.

The event, run by Horizon Educational, will be the culmination of a six-month long STEM education program in which students work with teammates and industry mentors to design, engineer and construct their very own hydrogen-powered cars.

This week’s H2GP will see 20 teams from across Australia’s East Coast—including 12 from Central Queensland—put their renewable energy engineering skills to the test, racing their self-built 1:10-scale hydrogen-powered cars over a 4-hour ‘endurance race’.

The winner of the race will advance to the Horizon Hydrogen Grand Prix World Final, to be held in September.

Horizon Educational CEO Kamil Jelinek said bringing the Hydrogen Grand Prix to Australia for the first time ever would boost much-needed renewable energy engineering skills in the region’s future workforce.

“While students design, engineer and construct their 1:10-scale hydrogen-powered cars today, tomorrow they’ll be fuelling innovation, creating the electrolysers, solar panels and wind turbines that will power Australia for decades to come,” he said.

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The Australian Hydrogen Grand Prix was made possible thanks to support from the Queensland Government, Stanwell, CQUniversity, the Gladstone Regional Council and thirteen other industry and community sponsors.

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