Toronto Students Rohit Koneru and William Chiu Win the Hydrogen Optimized Green Energy Award at Canada-Wide Science Fair

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(Owen Sound, Ont., May 24, 2023) – Hydrogen Optimized, a developer and manufacturer of large-scale green hydrogen production systems, congratulates Toronto’s Rohit Koneru and William Chu for winning the Hydrogen Optimized Green Energy Award at the 2023 Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF).

Koneru and Chiu, both University of Toronto Schools (UTS) high-school students, won the award for their project “Quantum Annealing for Real-Time Reconfiguration of Electrical Grids to Minimize Transmission Loss” in the science fair’s Senior category. They also received a silver Excellence Award for their project and the Energy Challenge award at the fair, held this year in Edmonton. Their project sought to address the issue of energy loss during electrical transmission. With an energy loss of about 5%, this issue has gained urgency at a time when many governments plan to phase out all non-renewable energy by 2035.

The project seeks to utilize computational power to optimize energy distribution to customers, thereby reducing energy loss and providing financial savings. The students achieve this solution by using a D-wave quantum annealer in conjunction with a “QUBO” (Quantum Unconstrained Binary Optimization) formulation they developed to find the optimal path for the electricity to take.

The Canada-Wide Science Fair is Canada’s foremost annual youth science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) event, bringing together top young scientists and their projects nationwide.

Hydrogen Optimized sponsors the Green Energy Award as part of its commitment to fostering Canada’s next generation of STEM innovators. The award recognizes Senior students whose project demonstrates outstanding innovation in the green energy field.

William and Rohit’s project can be viewed at

About Hydrogen Optimized:

Hydrogen Optimized Inc., a subsidiary of Key DH Technologies Inc. (KEY), is a private hydrogen technology company that develops and commercializes large-scale green hydrogen production systems. The company’s patented high-power RuggedCell™ water electrolysis system incorporates a design that enables green hydrogen plants up to gigawatt scale, low-cost mass manufacturing, and is free of iridium. Global technology leader ABB holds a minority interest in KEY. The two companies are leveraging their respective capabilities to strengthen the customer value proposition for the world’s largest green hydrogen projects. This involves combining complementary ABB products and services, including high-power rectifiers, with RuggedCell™ electrolyzers. The pooled capabilities enable end-to-end integration of green hydrogen projects, from power source to end-use application. For more information on Hydrogen Optimized, please visit

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