The Colorado State University Energy Institute welcomes you – whether you are a student, visiting professor, member of the public, business or resident of Fort Collins – to participate in and get involved in our innovative work on energy.
We host a wide range of events from “Science Friday’s” geared at K-12 students interested in having a hands-on learning experience to open-to-the-community lectures on topics like self-driving vehicles. We encourage you to get involved and share in the excitement of discovery!
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Join us for a talk by Andrew Zdanowicz titled, "Measurements of End-Gas Autoignition and Flame Propagation Rate in Laser Ignited Rapid Compression Machine (RCM) Experiments."
Andrew will be speaking about his ongoing research into autoignition processes in advanced internal combustion engines. His work is motivated by shortcomings in conventional autoignition propensity metrics and aims to develop new measurement standards using direct observations of combustion events in a rapid compression machine.
Andrew received his BS in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and is now pursuing his MS under Dr. Anthony Marchese at Colorado State University. He has played a multitude of roles designing and testing engine control systems in custom applications, and within the last year has shifted his focus to the world of computational modeling. As a graduate researcher, his current efforts take a balanced experimental and computational approach to study abnormal combustion modes in spark-ignited engines.... See MoreSee Less
Please join us for James' Tillotson's M.S. Defense on "Translating Biomass Gasifier Research to a Market Ready Stove"
Burning biomass produces hundreds of harmful compounds in the exhaust. Exposure is widespread, with approximately 2.8 billion people (36%) of the world’s population using solid fuels to heat their homes and cook food. Meeting the most stringent ISO-IWA Tier 4 guideline requires a 96% reduction in PM emissions and a 50% reduction in CO emissions over Tier 0. Among the promising solutions are top-lit updraft semi-gasifier (TLUD) stoves. For this work, three experiments were used to explore TLUD gasifier stove design to determine which factors play a role in reducing emissions. The experiments were conducted in prototypes of various technology readiness levels, from a laboratory prototype to a market-ready field stove. The first prototype was developed to be quickly reconfigured for rapid prototyping, the second prototype aided in the development of geometrical design parameters and electronics, and the final prototype represented a market-ready field stove. This study concludes that Tier 4 emissions are achievable in a laboratory setting with the market-readyTLUD stove. However, similar Tier 4 emissions may be difficult to achieve in the field without user training and access to high quality fuels. Fuel type, user education, and stove design all have a symbiotic role to play when implementing cookstove programs with the objective of reducing emissions to improve lives.... See MoreSee Less
Join the CSU Energy Institute for a seminar on "Modernizing the Electric Grid: Enhancing Resiliency and Cybersecurity" by Juan Torres, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Systems Integration at NREL. FREE lunch will generously be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis to registered guests.
This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
This event will feature a discussion hosted by Lynn Badia, Associate Professor of English and specialist in Environmental and Energy Humanities.
Our town's culture of fun and work innovating on energy is why the Smithsonian Institution named Fort Collins a "Place of Invention." In the spirit of innovation, we invite you to come drink some beer and hang out with fellow Energy Institute Colleagues!... See MoreSee Less