EU Call for Proposals: Development of an anaerobic digester prototype for aircraft use

A new bio-thermal architecture concept for aircraft would mean a profound new design of cabin and also result in a more flexible sanitary/galley architecture.
Applications are closed
8 months ago

A new bio-thermal architecture concept for aircraft would mean a profound new design of cabin and also result in a more flexible sanitary/galley architecture. Core of the concept is an alternative energy conversion and distribution/use.
 
As central unit a technical prototype of an anaerobic digestion unit for use on-board aircraft as a testing device in a flight test environment shall be developed in close cooperation with the Topic Manager.
 
Anaerobic digestion on board aircraft may be influenced by factors such as pressure, humidity, temperature, but may also influence factors like air quality (contaminants, odours, particulates) and passenger comfort.
 
Theoretical considerations, assumptions and empirical correlations derived from previous and current work on the topic shall be considered and implemented by the applicant. Techniques for source collection (galley waste, manure and seepage from lavatories, biodegradable disposables, fuselage condensate), substrate preparation for anaerobic digestion (homogenisation, addition of liquid and extra nutrients if necessary, addition of inoculate if necessary, hygienization if necessary) and security needs on board of an aircraft shall be considered. Furthermore alternative materials and concepts for catering-service-ware and other disposables shall be considered too.
 
This will result in higher energy yield and increased passenger comfort. The anaerobic digestion unit shall provide at least interfaces for on board sewage, fuselage condensate and galley waste. For the galley waste as well as for sewage a mechanical device for milling should be implemented. The process of anaerobic digestion should be a two stage digestion with an acidification vessel/stage as first step and a methanogenesis vessel/stage as second step. With regard to sanitation it is suggested that methanogenesis should be driven as a thermophilic process. A thermophilic process is not only much more effective for biogas production, but yields in additional heat which may be utilized for cold fuel temperature revival or for heat transfer for use in cabin climate stabilisation. The prototype anaerobic digestion unit shall be developed with regard to technical, hygienic and safety conditions and needs on-board aircraft in a way that ensures also light weight and durability. Finally a method/process for methane storage and conversion to energy shall be implemented. A successful achievement of a new bio-thermal architecture concept for aircraft has a great potential for transfer to other human environments such as big passenger liners or buildings with high demand on peoples care (hotels, hospitals, etc.). Implementation of bio-thermal design in aircraft will reduce carbon footprint and enhance comfort and wellbeing on-board. 
 
Dateline for submission: 12 July 2018 17:00:00 (Brussels time)
 
Source: The European Commission

Illustration Photo: Aircraft (CC0 Creative Commons from Pixabay.com)

Read more

Comments

No comments to display.

Related posts

Call for Applications: Go Green in the City 2019

The Go Green in the City challenge is now entering its 9th year running and our 2019 edition is going to be even bigger, better and bolder! We are looking for students like you from around the world who are willing to put their skills and ideas to the test.
Application Deadline in 4 months

Renewable Energy the Most Competitive Source of New Power Generation in GCC

Under current plans, the region will install 7 gigawatts (GW) of new power generation capacity from renewable sources by the early 2020s

A Glimpse of What Lies Ahead for the Silicon Photonics Market

The global silicon photonics market is expected to account for sales of over $737 million by 2023 growing at a CAGR of 35% during 2018-2023. The silicon photonics finds its major application area to be in the telecommunications with over 69% market share in terms of revenue in 2017.

A Diagnostic Device for In-Situ Detection of Swine Viral Diseases: The SWINOSTICS Project

In this paper, we present the concept of a novel diagnostic device for on-site analyses, based on the use of advanced bio-sensing and photonics technologies to tackle emerging and endemic viruses causing swine epidemics and significant economic damage in farms.

Online security assessment framework helps businesses cope with increased use of personal devices

Employees increasingly access sensitive company data remotely, often from personal devices where social media networks hold a prominent place. Easy targets for cyber criminals? Members of the DOGONA consortium believe so, and they have devised a risk assessment framework to help businesses alleviate this threat.

Proagrica Highlights Top Data Trends for Agribusiness in 2019

For businesses in the supply chain, data solutions can form the backbone of sustainable growth, ensuring robust internal operations that are future-proofed and primed for data integration and insight which presents a potential landscape of dynamic new services and ways of working adding value to both businesses and their customers.

Intel and Alibaba announced the development of athlete tracking technology powered by artificial intelligence

Intel and Alibaba announced on the eve of CES that the companies are teaming to develop athlete tracking technology powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that is aimed to be deployed at the Olympic Games 2020 and beyond. The technology uses existing and upcoming Intel hardware and Alibaba cloud computing technology to power a cutting-edge deep learning application that extracts 3D forms of athletes in training or competition.

Vietnam announced a list of 13 key agricultural products

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has announced a list of 13 key agricultural products of Vietnam.The list includes rice, coffee, rubber, cashew nuts, pepper, tea, vegetables and fruit, cassava and cassava products, pork, meat and eggs, tra fish, shrimp, wood and wood products.

Call for Nominations: World Food Prize Foundation - Food Security and Agricultural Champions

The World Food Prize Foundation is currently accepting nominations for its globally renowned award that recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.
Application Deadline in 3 months

7 Blockchain ETFs to invest in

ETFs have been around for a long time and have been used to track benchmark indexes such as the NASDAQ-100, the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500, and the US Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). Stock market investors also use these indexes to monitor their portfolio strength as well as compare it with the overall market.