EECL E-Newsletter - Summer 2009
Greetings EECL students, alumni, sponsors, and friends! Thank you for taking a minute of your time to engage with the inaugural edition of our e-newsletter. Energy is rapidly becoming the issue of our age - as such, we've seen a lot of new activity and growth at the EECL. While we will never forget our industrial engine roots, we've expanded our focus into areas of power generation, biomass fuels, and advanced biofuels. In this issue, you'll find highlights of some of those activities. One thing that will never change however is the quality of students. We're pleased to have 5 graduate students (Brett Wilson, Collin Horvat, Sule Amadu, Christian L'Orange, and Dean Simpson) and 3 undergraduate students (Katie Van Dyke, Morgan Kohls, and David Gorham) joining the ranks for our impressive alumni scattered throughout industry, academia, and government. Join us in congratulating them on a job well done!

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Bryan Willson Named in Inaugural Scientific American Honor Roll for Innovations that Benefit Humanity
Bryan Willson, founder of the EECL, joins President Barack Obama, Microsoft mogul Bill Gates, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the first "Scientific American 10" honor roll for innovations that benefit society. The list appears in the June 2009 issue of Scientific American. Bryan is recognized in the magazine for his leadership of the Engines & Energy Conversion Laboratory at CSU, and in particular, for its development of both a cleaner, affordable cook stove and a conversion kit for improving the efficiency of two-stroke engines in the developing world.

EECL Contributes to Fort ZED - an exciting set of active projects and initiatives, created by public-private partnerships, which uses Smart Grid and renewable energy technologies to achieve local power generation and energy demand management.
The EECL will participate in both the demonstration and research portions of the FortZED project. Distributable generators capable of producing approximately 2 MW of electricity will be located at the lab, including conventional natural gas and diesel generators as well as research units in waste heat and energy storage areas. The EECL will conduct significant research on plug-in, hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEVs). The lab will house three network-controlled connection points that will allow PHEVs to charge and discharge into the grid utilizing "Vehicle-to-Grid" (V2G) technology. A fuel cell will also be integrated into the lab. A major modeling project will characterize the impact of a high penetration of PHEVs on electrical distribution, utilizing Fort Collins as an example community.
Finally, the EECL will develop an "Organic Rankine Cycle" generator powered by waste heat from other generators - a technology that could potentially improve the efficiency of generatorsby 5-8%.

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Visit by Honduran President
Honduran President Manuel Zelaya toured the EECL recently as part of a mission to seek U.S. business and educational opportunities for possible investment or partnership in renewable energy companies, projects, and research. Bryan Willson introduced the delegation to a few of the EECL spinoff companies and their research into clean cookstoves and algae biodiesel.

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EECL Faculty and Engineering students are designing medical wagons for use in children's hospitals.
Working with EECL faculty member, Anthony Marchese, a senior design team is teaming up with an independent business, MedWagon, to design wagons accommodated with IV poles and other medical equipment for children's hospitals.

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Envirofit Cookstove selected by Popular Science as "Best of What's New"
More than three billion people, or half the world's population, cook in their homes using traditional fire and stoves, burning biomass fuels like wood, dung and crop waste. Day in and day out, for hours at a time, families breathe in lethal fumes from thesecooking fires. Indoor Air Pollution (IAP) currently claims the lives of 1.5 million people a year worldwide, or one person every20 seconds. Women and children make up the vast majority of these deaths due to their increased exposure in the home.

Envirofit and the EECL have developed a clean-burning cookstove that has the potential to have a drastic impact - globally.


Engine Emissions and Efficiency

household energy and village power

renewable and distributed power systems