Diego Adrianzen, Kristin Darby, and Hannah McCallum
Our project goal is to create a set of recommendations for how the state of Massachusetts can develop adequate infrastructure to support electric vehicles.
Poster Presentation, Judges Award (2010)
Jenny Biener, Alaina Blanker, and Kelsi Callahan
Traditional aviation fuels have become more expensive and have contributed heavily to the world’s emissions of greenhouse gases; therefore many different types of fuels are being explored as possible alternatives. To determine more alternatives and to discover the most beneficial jet fuel, the use of algae oil, ethanol, and petroleum as jet fuels were compared to one another. It is determined that algae fuel is the most beneficial jet fuel due to its cost effectiveness, energy efficiency and environmental impacts based on this criteria.
Joseph Brown, Kevin Burns, Jillian Chalke, and Adam Jardim
Nuclear reprocessing is not necessary for sustainability of resources, nor is it economically beneficial in either re-ducing the cost of nuclear power or the cost of nuclear waste storage. Re-processing is however, viable for re-ducing or lessening the effects of nu-clear waste storage on the environ-ment. If reprocessing is further de-veloped, it would enable nuclear power to become a major source of energy in the United States, without the presence of consequence of large amounts of nuclear waste.
Andrew Childs, Brooke Cotta, and Peter Theriot
Conventional vehicles utilize old technologies that are harmful to the environment. Gas powered engines are inefficient, especially compared to Hybrid-Electric and Electric vehicles. Gas-powered vehicles contribute to the issue of Global Warming, and also further deplete the world’s oil supply. Private Companies have more freedom which vehicles they utilize because they have not been regulated by the government. Some companies, such as Fed-Ex and UPS, have already begun to make small changes, using more efficient hybrid vehicles. The goal of this project is to discover whether the Conventional, Hybrid-Electric, or Electric Fleet-vehicle is the best option. When compared through maintenance cost and dollars per mile (efficiency,) the Hybrid Vehicle made the most economical sense.
Ben Collins, Sam Petersen, Ryan Pollin, and Edmund Resor
Grid energy storage can be used to meet New England’s peak energy demands, replacing highly polluting “peaker” oil power plants. The goal of this report is to determine the most economically and technologically feasible methods of energy storage and then determine whether or not these technologies are competitive against current oil power plants. The findings of the report indicate that pumped hydro can compete with oil peakers, and sodium sulfur batteries will compete within the near future.
Sarah Cook, Michael Descoteaux, Rachel Lewis, and Kristen Schleier
Our goal is to lower the peak electricity demand of the northeast grid through the use of a geothermal home heating and cooling system. We will do so by targeting homes in the northeast furnished with preexisting wells through which the geothermal systems will be retrofitted. In turn, the large excavation cost of a home geothermal system will be greatly reduced, if not eliminated, and correspondingly, the peak electricity demand will drop.
Ben DeFoe and Greg Karp-Neufeld
This project involved studying energy consumption in the dorms. A typical dorm room has two televisions, one refrigerator, two computers, and lighting. We found that many students already have good energy habits and that many devices in the dorms are Energy Star approved. Some of largest impacts that can be made would be installing building automation systems to control lighting so it is not constantly on and encouraging students to unplug devices not in use.!
Andrew Firenze, Casey Hayes, Austin McDaniel, and Alexandra Mutty
The U.S. energy grid is outdated and has many flaws. WPI’s energy grid like the U.S energy grid could use improvements to reduce overall cost. By implementing smart grid technology WPI can closely monitor the energy usage across campus and reduce costs. Our studies show that through active energy campaigns, WPI and it’s students and faculty will have the knowledge to be more energy aware.
Daniel Hullihen, Joseph Monasky, and Brandon Okray
We analyzed how much hydrogen fuel-cells can offset peak hour energy production in power plants. Using Princeton Municipal Lighting Departments's wind farm as a case-study, we determined that hydrogen fuel-cells are economically viable if the energy is sold at peak rates. Greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced, but not cost-effectively.
Jeremy Kibby, Tim Sarasin, Dan Tocco, and Alexander Verrelli
This project determined the feasibility of small-sized wind turbines placed in residential areas by reseaching different types of small wind turbines, calculating turbine effeciencies in all wind zones, and calculating payback periods of top five overall most effecient wind turbines. Currently small scale wind turbines have low efficiences and long payback periods, making them less attractive compared to large turbines.