Students Compete To Be The Best By Using The Right Tools | PRLog

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For the second year, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts and the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute are co-launching their undergrad team competition for conceptual engine designs – and many of these undergrads will be using AxSTREAM.

SoftInWay, in partnership with Dr. Ian Halliwell, the coordinator for the event, is providing special free licenses for its design and optimization software to students involved in the competition. AxSTREAM EDU, an educational version of the company’s flagship software, provides students with a set of design tools equivalent to those used in industry, to enrich their educational experience.

This year’s engine design competition addresses candidate engines for a supersonic business jet, which would allow travel from Europe to North America and back within one business day. Up to twenty international student teams are expected to compete in the first round of the competition. They have until April 2014 to submit their proposals and the best three teams will be invited to present their work before a second panel of judges at the AIAA Propulsion & Energy Forum in July to determine the final finishing order.

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Improved hydrogen-powered heat and electricity for homes – Nanowerk

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Stand-alone units that generate combined heat and power (CHP) for homes, micro-CHPs, are a very efficient, sustainable alternative to the use of a gas boiler. The micro-CHP units are fuel-flexible, meaning that they can use a variety of different fuels. One promising version relies on hydrogen gas. This is produced via electrolysis of water, stored for on-demand use, and its chemical energy is converted by the CHP unit into electrical energy and heat with water as the only output.Minimising the cost and increasing the durability (which in itself reduces lifetime costs) of the electrolysis unit would significantly increase market uptake. Scientists developed and tested an improved proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolyser to fuel micro-CHP through EU funding of the project ‘Pressurized PEM electrolyzer’ (PRIMOLYZER).PEM electrolysers use a polymeric membrane electrolyte and platinum (Pt)-based electrodes to decompose water into hydrogen and oxygen. PRIMOLYZER studied and developed novel catalysts and polymeric (perfluoro sulfonic acid (PFSA)-based) membranes with similar thermal stability and mechanical properties but improved electrical properties compared to state-of-the-art membranes.

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Cranfield University and Global CSP partner to further develop small CSP collector with ORC generators

See on Scoop.itHeat energy recovery technology

ORC generators use a dense organic fluid with a low boiling point temperature, allowing power generation from lower temperature sources, making them ideal for small solar energy collectors. Global CSP have already built a small 15 kW ORC prototype but will be building two larger scale ORC power plants at Cranfield (one at 75 kW -130 kW and the second at 500 kW – 1000 kW).The ORC power plants will be used for waste heat recovery in the UK and global markets.

Dr Chris Sansom, leading the project for Cranfield University, said: “Traditional steam generators are used in large power plants to produce Megawatts of power and use conventional steam powered turbines to generate electricity. However there is huge potential for the innovative ORC technology to be used with low-cost, small-to medium scale solar thermal power units which could power industrial processes, agriculture and farming, food and drink, district heating, public buildings as well as serving remote off-grid communities in developing countries.”

Global CSP CEO Graham Provan said: “We are delighted to announce the collaboration with Dr Chris Sansom, one of the UK leaders in Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) along with his team. The ORC power plants

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Waste energy power projects granted $10 million – NaturalResource

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CALGARY — Four projects to turn waste energy into electricity will receive nearly $10 million in grants from the Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp., it announced Tuesday. Two of the projects will be located at the first phase of Devon Canada Corp.’s Jackfish thermal oilsands facility near Conklin in northeastern Alberta. Devon plans to install a turbo-expander in a $2.8-million project to capture energy released by a throttling valve and turn it into electricity. CCEMC is to contribute $900,000. The second project involves the installation of an organic Rankine cycle (ORC) turbine for $5.9 million, of which $2 million is CCEMC money, to harness low-grade waste heat from the glycol cooling process and generate electricity.
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