SVTL 2011 - 16 - Goodwin, Darkwah (RPI-KNUST)

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  • SVTL 2011 - 16 - Goodwin, Darkwah (RPI-KNUST)

    1. 1. The Biomass Project:A Model for Bottom-of-the-Pyramid Projects<br />Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute & KNUST<br />The Design Lab & College of Engineering<br />Charles “Casey” Goodwin & Lawrence Darkwah<br />
    2. 2. RPI/KNUST Collaboration<br />Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute<br />KNUST<br />College of Engineering<br />The Design Lab<br />Introduction to <br />Engineering Design<br />(Sophomore level)<br />Chemical Engineering Principles<br />Capstone Design<br />Process Engineering Projects<br />Collaborative<br />Partnership<br />Biomass Project<br />Biomass Project<br />…<br />…<br />Project<br />Project<br />Project<br />Project<br />Project<br />Project<br />Project<br />Project<br />KNUST School of Business<br />E*ntrepreurship<br />at Rensselaer<br />(Rob Chernow)<br />Humanities and Social Science (Ron Eglash)<br />Ghanaian Farmers<br />Kumasi Institute for Technology Energy and the Environment<br />Plan: Biomass Project as a template for future collaborative projects<br />
    3. 3. Vision/Goal<br />Long Term:<br />More numerous and better Global Design projects.<br />Continued and improved relationship with partners<br />Spin out enterprises from successful projects<br />Near Term:<br />To design a portable device which produces energy from biomass and waste streams<br />To provide educational value to students (KNUST & RPI) – Practical Problem Solving and Skills training<br />Near Term Objectives<br />To produce a device which is cost effective to build, operate, and maintain.<br />To device portable real-time and reliable measuring tools for parameters measurements<br />To validate data collected from prototypes of devices.<br />To assess cultural, environmental, and socio‐economic benefits / impacts <br />To establish student and faculty exchange programmes for designing, laboratory assessments, field trials and evaluations.<br />
    4. 4. Physical Output (Deliverables)<br />Prototypes<br />Stimulated Students<br />Design Reports<br />Business Plans<br />Communication Skills Improvement – Customers & Stakeholders<br />Project Topic Formulation<br />Effective Working in Multidisciplinary Team<br />Design Skills Acquisition<br />Team & Leadership Skills Acquisition<br />Learning Outcome<br />Practical Problem Solving Techniques<br />Prototype/Artifact Production<br />Data Collection<br />Experience with Sourcing Materials<br />Global Perspective Analysis<br />Poster Creation & Poster Presentation<br />Methods of Data Collection (EDA)<br />Leverage Previous Courses<br />Technical Reporting<br />Team Building (MBTI)<br />Field Trips <br />Teaching Models & Materials<br />Engineering Specifications (Numerical Methods)<br />Translate to Market Specifications<br />Customer Requirements<br />Decision Matrices for Decision-making <br />Laboratory Process<br />Visionary / Networker - <br />Ron Eglash<br />Mentors - <br />Casey, Aren, Lawrence & others<br />Collaborators - Rob Chernow<br />PEOPLE<br />End Users (Farmers)<br />Seniors<br />Lauren Spinelli & others<br />Group Brainstorming<br />Prepare Statement of Work<br />Build Teams<br />Field Trips & International Travel<br />ACTIVITIES<br />Designing with CAD<br />Create Poster & present<br />Write Mid-term Report<br />Laboratory testing<br />Prototype Building<br />Library<br />Textbooks<br />Laboratory<br />Facilities<br />Raw Materials<br />Internet<br />RESOURCES<br />Catalogues<br />Design Softwares<br /> & Facilities<br />
    5. 5. Future Plans (Biomass project)<br />Next Steps: 1. Refining the current Biosolar prototype for sun tracking<br />2. Field testing of Biosolar in Ghana with variety of feedstocks<br />3. Characterization of properties and quantities of the streams of products – Syngas, Bio-oil and Biochar<br />4. Operational Parameter Devices design & production<br />Time frame/Schedule: 3 – 5 years to complete project(Not sure yet).<br />Needs/Partnerships: RPI, KNUST, GMD, DSES, Farmers/Farmer Co-ops, KITE (TBD)<br />
    6. 6. Future Plans (Strategic Plan)<br />Continue Biomass project to completion<br />Begin new projects with KNUST and others<br />Begin course at RPI to augment Design Lab Capstone Course projects focusing on Global Design<br />Begin course at KNUST in entrepreneurship and business startup<br />
    7. 7. <ul><li>Steady Supply of Students
    8. 8. Multidisciplinary Expertise
    9. 9. Lack of Business Experience (we are engineers)
    10. 10. Low skills (of end users)
    11. 11. High materials Cost in Ghana
    12. 12. [biomass project] – availability of raw material
    13. 13. Emerging markets
    14. 14. [ghana] – low labor rate
    15. 15. Exchange Programs
    16. 16. Social Impact
    17. 17. Cultural Barriers
    18. 18. Communication
    19. 19. Time difference
    20. 20. Languages (Twi,fante, etc.)</li></li></ul><li>The Ah-Ha Stage: Initial Prototypes<br />Conventional Pyrolysis (KNUST) <br />BioSolar Pyrolysis (RPI)<br />

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