Éco-Énergie project: The power supply of the generator redesigned
By Jean-Mathieu Santerre and Simon-Nicolas Deschênes (Team H05-CM-E5), University of Quebec in Rimouski, Quebec, Canada
Here is the summary and the full study of a project carried out by 2 engineering students at the University of Rimouski.
The overall goal of the project is to adapt the Pantone process to a standard Lyuan brand generator with a power of 1kW. We want to obtain a yield that comes as close as possible to that in standard operating mode (ie with an internal combustion engine). This adaptation will allow the generator to operate with 80% water fuel without modifying any internal parts and without compromising its performance.
In a context of globalization, where the environment is gaining more and more public opinion, the pressure on the industrial world to do better and to improve in this field is becoming more urgent than ever. In addition, agreements like the Kyoto Protocol are forcing countries, and therefore their industries, to achieve concrete targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. With this in mind, we decided to choose a project that would allow us to help the community achieve these goals. In recent years, a revolutionary process is trying to find a place in a field heavily affected by pollutant emissions, the internal combustion engines. Although this technology is in its infancy, we see great potential for its future due to its versatility and low cost. The "Pantone" process, named after its inventor, makes it possible to modify any internal combustion engine to allow it to reuse its pollutant emissions in order to cut its fuel consumption by at least half and its carbon emissions more from ¾. Our project is to apply this technology to the world of personal electric generators to make them cleaner and more energy efficient. We believe this project fits very well with the current trend of doing better with less and satisfying a need that comes from consumer demand for equipment with increased energy efficiency. This report will aim to present the conceptualization method that we used to carry out this project. In a second step, the deepening of the design in order to expose our solutions and that which one retained as well as the reasons which justify these choices.