Isotherm Energy recently completed aerospace consulting contracts for several customers. The projects involved systems engineering and design review support related to spacecraft fluid and propulsion systems.
The capability to economically eliminate boil-off gas at such a large scale is a game changer for many liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquid hydrogen and other cryogen applications. Benefits include elimination of storage losses, improved system performance, increased safety, and mitigation of unwanted emissions. However, a systematic approach is required to insure an optimal solution. This post provides an overview of the process we use at Isotherm Energy.
There's a pervasive tendency to smother creativity and ignore emerging trends as any organization evolves. Legacy rules and processes replace logical problem solving; parochial groupthink crowds out new data and opportunities; personal risk avoidance overrides bold leadership.
It's been nearly a year and a half since I wrote Part 1 on this topic. At that time, the global community had finally reached a strong consensus on the need for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the overarching goals as outlined in the Paris Agreement of December, 2015. The forward focus was on defining objectives and strategies that each country needed to pursue in order to meet those goals.
Matt Moran, Managing Partner at Isotherm Energy, taught his two day course on thermal system modeling at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) on Sep 11-12, 2017. Civilian and military engineers involved in spacecraft thermal control attended the course.
Isotherm Energy has been awarded a subcontract to provide support for development of the largest hydrogen dewar tank in history at the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC). As previously reported by NASA, the new dewar will hold well over one million gallons of liquid hydrogen and is 50% larger than the current record holder that supported space shuttle launches for 30 years.
The variability of wind and solar energy sources presents a challenge for meeting electrical load requirements. Isotherm Energy has developed a system architecture for addressing this challenge that provides energy storage, potable water, and hydrogen fuel production.
Matt Moran taught his popular course on Excel VBA for engineers at the NASA Johnson Space Center on August 8-10. The course provides in-depth details on principles, practices, and implementation of Excel and its integrated programing language – Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) – for analysis and engineering model creation.
Last week I participated in a business roundtable discussion in Toronto hosted by Canada’s Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). The focus of the meeting was to bring together industry emitters and solution providers for a collective discussion about how to meet the province’s greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 37% below 1990 levels by the year 2030.
By necessity, the evolution of our fossil fuel industries and infrastructure has been largely predicated on geographic separation of extraction, refining/processing and point of use. But is this a mandatory constraint in a carbon-less energy ecosystem based on renewable energy sources and hydrogen?
Isotherm Energy is developing a suite of software tools to simulate, analyze and design systems based on its hydrogen energy storage architecture. The software allows selection of various input energy sources, water sources, biomass and other inputs as shown in the screen shot below.
In my last post, I introduced the energy storage system architecture being developed by Isotherm Energy. But why choose a hydrogen-based approach? What are the compelling reasons to consider such a system?
Isotherm Energy is developing a system architecture for addressing these challenges that provides energy storage and potable water production. The architecture enables tailoring of system parameters to meet specific application requirements using current and emerging technologies.