Georgia Southern University mechanical engineering students have been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their development of innovative technologies to reduce exhaust produced by diesel engines. By using alcohol and biofuel to power the engine, emissions are lower. Not only does this reduce pollution, the combination could also lower dependence on imported oil.
The team was invited to present its project during the 9th annual EPA National P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) Student Design Competition for Sustainability held last month on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Georgia Southern beat more than a 100 universities including some top-tier research institutions to tie Johns Hopkins University for first place.
A team of students from Georgia Southern University surpassed teams from top-tier universities across the US by tying for first place (with the Johns Hopkins University team) in the 9th Annual EPA National P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) Student Design Competition for Sustainability. In the first phase of the competition, the GSU P3 team competed for and won a grant to develop their prototype. In April 2013, they took their design to the National Sustainable Design Expo on the Mall in Washington, DC and won the prestigious American Institute of Chemical Engineers/Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology Award. The GSU P3 project is: “Low Temperature Combustion with Reduced PM and NOx Emissions, Achieved by n-Butanol in-Port Injected in an Omnivorous Diesel Engine.”
The GSU P3 team is mentored by Associate Professor of ME and Allen E. Paulson Chair of Renewable Energy Dr. Valentin Soloiu, and Spencer Harp. The team members are: Marvin Duggan, Alejandro Rivero-Castillo, Brian Wolfe, Henry Ochieng, Jabeous Weaver, Julia Christian, Sherwin Davoud and Daniel Olender.