Zaki Akhtar, Robert Allen, Dylan Billings, and Chris Girouard
This project is meant to determine the feasibility of high altitude solar kites. We analyzed the weights, strengths, and efficiency of materials currently on the market to use in a high altitude kite. We concluded that a solar kite with our specifications is feasible as well as cost competitive with other forms of energy.
Brennan Ashton, Alex Bean, David Knight, and Kristen Nich
Atwater Kent contains a variety of facilities, all contributing to substantial energy consumption. Working to reduce this load through the installation of higher efficiency fixtures and mitigating heat loss result in reduction of operational costs. Many of these fixtures have payback periods of under 5 years.
Poster Presentation, Judge's Winner (2009)
Peter Aspinwall, Tamie Liu, and Kim Maciejczyk
The maglev train provides fast and efficient transportation that could potentially save energy and reduce carbon emission over short distances. The purpose of our project is to determine what the economic and environmental benefits magnetic levitation technology can bring to current transportation methods. Studies on energy efficiency and carbon emissions of common planes were compared to maglev trains. The calculations show that the maglev train used less energy and produce fewer emissions than the commercial plane. Based on these results, the maglev train provides a fast alternative to commercial plane travel, but the high initial cost and lack of route availability would hinder the development of maglev trains.
Brad Bailey, Michael Brauckmann, Victoria Tower, and Bangyan Zhang
The concept of using the energy within tidal currents is examined thoroughly by looking at the costs and benefits of tidal barrages and tidal turbines. Tidal power is a renewable form of energy that is predictable, does not release greenhouse gasses, has costs similar to wind power, and can be paid back within its lifespan. Tidal energy needs to be constructed in certain areas with enough of a tidal range, depth, and tidal velocity to support a profitable amount of energy and a minimal effect on the environment. This project determines the benefits of tidal power first hand by using a small scale model of a tidal turbine to generate energy.
Giselle Chen, Nathaniel Eames, Andrew Holmes, and Grant Wong
Recently, there has been an increase in the number of energy efficient buildings in the U.S. We want to encourage this green movement by providing people with a simple and systematic approach for green building construction. Our project focuses on creating a guideline for an energy-efficient residence hall. We have looked into energy-efficient and eco-friendly lighting, heating, insulation, and other aspects that integrate into a green building. Our guideline, as a result, will aid colleges in the Worcester community to design and construct green residence halls.
John Francis, Lindsey Machamer, Ryan Murphy, and Matthew Poppa
In a gym or exercise facility, the kinetic energy produced can be is often not utilized. This study seeks to harness this wasted motion by using energy generating exercise bikes and/or elliptical machines in the new athletic facility at WPI. Energy generating exercise machines can be beneficial, by reducing the energy footprint of the new facility by power light fixtures, as well as educating the WPI community on energy generation.
Runzi Gao, Xianjing Hu, Kevin Hugnagle, and Xueyang Lin
China relies on electricity generated from large, centralized power plants to meet the demands of its unprecedented economic development; these plants exhaust the country’s resources and pollute its environment. Distributed power plants provide another option. Based on technical research on the potential reliability and carbon emissions of various plant designs as well as surveys of Chinese students’ attitudes toward the alternative infrastructure, we created a series of recommendations for supplying power to China’s capital, Beijing. The most feasible power option involves constructing a collection of combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP) distributed generation systems.
Carol Haroian, Sam Patterson, Nathan Sarapas, and Cathy Wang
Photovoltaic cells capture the sun’s energy and convert is into electricity. Many college campuses, such as Harvard University, Smith College, and the University of Vermont have already installed and implemented this energy saving technology. Based on these precedents, the Sun Riders studied the potential for photovoltaic cells at WPI. The group performed a cost analysis of environmentally friendly photovoltaic cells and calculated the payback period for installing a minimally complicated configuration of this technology on the rooftops of six buildings on the WPI campus. The cost savings would be $1,779,000 over the next 25 years with the initial cost factored in. Without any rebates, the payback period of this project is 19.5 years.
Frank Hoey, Jeff Perron, Maria Alexandra Rangel, and Andrew Reed
SNAP, the Student Night Assistance Program, is a program designed to transport WPI students safely between locations within one mile of the WPI campus. Currently, SNAP drives between 125 to 150 miles using almost a full tank each night. Our research focused on ways to make SNAP have a less significant effect on the environment. SNAP currently runs on fossil fuels which displace excess carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. We have investigated three different scenarios which can reduce this excess of carbon dioxide emissions. The three different plans feature different eco friendly fuels such as biodiesel, hybrid electric vehicles, and liquid-nitrogen powered vehicles. These plans are arranged in order of both likelihood and expected time-scale for enactment, respectively.
Fabrice Kengne, Rohit Mundra, Daniel Pappas, and Wesley Ripley
Urban public transportation in the city of Boston has recently been expanded to include a rapid bus service between Logan Airport and downtown. The Silver Line is partially eletrified and the buses have the potential to be made into completely electric vehicles. This project seeks to determine if an emerging technology, resonant magnetic coupling. could be used to electrically power the silver line. Wireless electricity is more efficient than batteries, safer and more aesthetically pleasing than overhead wires, and less polluting than current diesel infrastructure. Implementing wireless technology on the Silver Line could yield a dramatic reduc tion in emissions across multiple particulates and demonstrate a dynamic pilot program applicable to other mass transit systems around the world.
Jian Mao, Ryan Mocadlo, Ryan Shooshan, and Lauren Waring
We preformed cost calculations on different methods to make Gordon Library at WPI more energy efficient. We focused mainly on the insulation of windows and walls, the analysis of different methods to decrease the amount of energy used by computers and televisions, and the feasibility of installing a photovoltaic system on the roof. The windows and walls both proved to have viable payback options while the photovoltaic system proved to have long run cost benefits. The Technology in the Library, if switched from logged-out mode to
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