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Title: Center for Energy Excellence: Building New Coalitions for Economic Growth


1
Center for Energy Excellence Building New
Coalitions for Economic Growth
Green Today Jobs Tomorrow May 11, 2009
2
Agenda
  • Dr. Michael Harris
  • Dr. Joel Berry
  • Dr. Homayun Navaz
  • Neil Sheridan
  • Questions Answers

3
Energy Excellence Case Study 1
Plant the Seeds of a Flint AreaAlternative
Energy Economy
K. Joel Berry, Ph.D Mechanical Engineering
Department Head
4
Problem
  • Shrinking automotive market and declining jobs in
    Flint Area
  • High-paying jobs moving elsewhere
  • Flint Area economic base eroding

5
Solution
  • Kettering to assist in an economic transformation
    of Flint and Mid-Michigan by development of a
    Sustainable Energy Economy.
  • Activities creating high-paying alternative
    energy jobs for the Flint employment base.

6
Approach
  • Approached the Federal Economic Development
    Administration for assistance
  • Work strategically with the MEDC
  • Collaborate with the Mid-Michigan Innovation Team

7
Approach
  • 1. Developed a world-class Fuel Cells research
    and education center that creates new marketable
    products and jobs

8
Approach
9
Approach
2. Develop an sustainableenergy education
center for STEM Teachers From secondary to
community college Students (Secondary)
10
Approach
3. Develop a business incubator for FC and other
advanced technology companies
11
Approach
  • 4. Expanded Ketterings Research and
    Development Staff
  • 5. Building a state-of-the-art wet lab complex
    for start-up and
  • growth
  • companies

12
Technology Innovation
  • Developed working technology that can be
    mass-manufactured and widely used
  • Manufacturing involves many high-paying jobs
  • Allow Fuel Cells to be sold for solving many
    market needs
  • Flexible and user-friendly power management
    controls

13
Technology Education
  • Provided research and learning opportunities for
    Kettering faculty and students
  • Every Mechanical Engineering student since 2005
    has been exposed to Fuel Cells and Hybrid
    technologies
  • Pre-College Program
  • STEM Teachers

14

Results
  • 50 Community College and Secondary Teachers have
    participated in SEE programs with spin-off
    programs around the state
  • Technology spun-out into a new company
  • GEI Global Energy Innovations
  • 6 Full and part-time employees
  • Major corporate partner
  • Has sent robust prototypes to commercial
    development partners for evaluation

15
Results
  • Kettering TechWorks program hosting two
    alternative energy start-ups

16
Next Steps
  • Next Steps in Job Creation/Growth
  • Find investment capital
  • Scale it up
  • Begin small-scale manufacturing
  • Plan for manufacturing and developing local
    suppliers and workers
  • Next, make a national contribution
  • Develop a national educational model to
    disseminate knowledge
  • Coalition of Great Lakes Fuel Cell Education

17
Energy Excellence Case Study 2
Reducing Warm Air Infiltration Energy Savings
in Refrigeration Systems
  • Dr. Homayun Navaz

18
The Need
  • Reduce the infiltration of warm air into the
    display case
  • Reduce power consumption, load on electricity
    infrastructure, and greenhouse gas generation
  • Get ready for stricter future energy standards

19
The Need
  • Specs in a typical supermarket
  • 330 feet line-up
  • 500,000 BTU/hr or 41 tons of refrigeration load
  • Infiltration of warm air is responsible for 81
    of the refrigeration load
  • Source CEC PIER Final Project Report 500-05-012,
    September 2008
  • CEC California Energy Commission
  • PIER Public Interest Energy Research

20
Solution
  • Successfully conducted advanced R D on warm air
    infiltration in refrigerated/ air-conditioned
    space
  • Effectively modeled the impact of design changes
    on configuration options
  • Easily can now measure the actual performance
    specifications under real-world operating
    conditions
  • Successfully reduced the infiltration by 12

21
Approach
  • A hybrid experimental/numerical approach was used
    to develop
  • A software that calculates the infiltration rate
    of warm air into the refrigerated space (based on
    artificial intelligence)
  • Equipment to measure actual infiltration in
    either labs or in the field (supermarkets)
  • In Fact Can be used to measure warm air
    infiltrating this conference hall

22
Innovation Strategy
  • Discovery of the science
  • Gauge commercial and environmental benefits
  • Create the IT and hardware technology
  • Develop industry and peer acknowledgement of its
    validity
  • Find Partners
  • Southern California Edison Company
  • University of Washington (Seattle)
  • University of Texas (Dallas)
  • Measurement Sciences, Inc.
  • Display Case Manufacturers
  • Hill Phoenix, Inc
  • Hussmann, Inc.
  • Southern Store Fixtures, Inc.

23
Partners Investments
  • Partners
  • Southern California Edison Company
  • University of Washington (Seattle)
  • University of Texas (Dallas)
  • Measurement Sciences, Inc.
  • Display Case Manufacturers
  • Hill Phoenix, Inc
  • Hussmann, Inc.
  • Southern Store Fixtures, Inc.
  • Investments
  • 100K from the Department of Energy
  • 250 K from California Energy Commission
  • 150K from Southern California Edison

24
Software Artificial Neural Network/Training
Screen
25
Software Artificial Neural Network/Recall Screen
26
Software Artificial Neural Network/Display Screen
27
Equipment Kettering University
Open Display Case
Gas Analyzer
DPIV Laser Equipment
28
Technology Impacts
  • In terms of design
  • Facilitates faster re-design of refrigerated
    cases already in use
  • Facilitate a tool for better standardization of
    such systems
  • In terms of energy consumption/savings now
  • In California (based on 6900 supermarkets)
  • Reducing annual energy usage by 110,807,100 kWh
    or 111 GWh that at 0.13/kWh 14.4 M
  • Reducing green house gas emission by 48,783
    tons/year
  • Nationwide
  • Approximately 150 M savings/year and 0.5
    Million tons/year less green house gas emission
  • Source CEC PIER Final Project Report
    500-05-012, September 2008

29
Next Steps
  • Obtain research funding
  • Spin-off a new company Coolificient, Inc.
  • Co-owned with graduate assistants and students
  • Encourage manufacturers to join a long-term
    partnership
  • Create job opportunities
  • Goal is to provide entrepreneurial experience
    while creating energy efficiency
  • Market our new product and services
  • Plan the development of future products and
    services dealing with the infiltration problem
  • Drive improved products and energy savings

30
Q A
Building New Coalitions for Economic Growth
The COEE at Kettering
  • Neil SheridanTechWorks Director
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