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Posted in June 2013

Tahmo project featured on Huffington Post

The article by Nick van de Giesen on how TAHMO offers the opportunity to tackle the global food crisis now also featured on Huffington Post, one of the premier news websites in Europe, Asia and the United States attracting millions of readers every day.

One of the key aspects of TAHMO is to make the initiative financially sustainable by developing and rolling out viable business development. At the same time, TAHMO tries to integrate science with education: the weather stations would be placed at schools and integrated in the educational programs. In this way, African children could be educated about their own climate as well as how to take measurements.

TAHMO is in the initial phase. The very first steps towards the development of cheap hydro-meteorological measurement stations are made: a prototype of an acoustic disdrometer (rain gauge) was developed by TU Delft and tested in Tanzania. TAHMO also wants to include local design and technology and is currently involving African students, engineers and meteorologists in a competition to design innovative and cost effective weather sensors.

At TU Delft OpenCourseWare: http://ocw.tudelft.nl/more/innovative-weather-sensing/ you will read more about the project and will find the courses related to the project.

The following bachelor and master courses are open:

bachelor courses (some in Dutch)

Measurement Science
Meten aan het water/Measurements for Water

master courses

Electronic Instrumentation
Hydrology of Catchments, Rivers and Deltas
Hydrological Measurements
Spatial Tools in Water Resources Management

Published a new course: sustainable Hydrogen and Electrical Energy Storage

The first course from the master Sustainabel Energy Technology: Sustainable Hydrogen and Electrical Energy Storage just published.

Energy storage will be of major importance when more and more energy is produced using fluctuating renewable sources like wind and solar power. This course concerns two energy storage methods: storage in the form of the artificial fuel hydrogen, and storage in the form of batteries. In the transition to a sustainable-energy future, both hydrogen and batteries will likely play increasingly important roles. Hydrogen has the advantage of effectively limitless scale up potential while batteries have the advantage of high energy efficiency.

Methods for sustainable and renewable hydrogen production include solar, wind power, direct photo-electrolysis of water, thermal and nuclear methods as well as biological options. The students will learn about such production methods of hydrogen using renewable energy sources, and separation technologies for clean hydrogen. The application of hydrogen requires cheap, safe, lightweight and easy to handle storage of hydrogen. The course presents current options for storage of hydrogen, including light metal hydrides, large adsorption surface, and nanostructured materials, as well as gaseous and liquid hydrogen storage. It will be explained that the ultimate solution still needs to be found. Students will get an overview of most recent advances and bottlenecks, synthesis and characterization techniques.

The electrical energy storage in batteries concerns the principles of (rechargeable) batteries, mainly Li-ion, and the relation of the performance with material properties. The relation between properties at the atomic level with the real life battery performance will be displayed. The principles will be explained in terms of basic electrochemistry and thermodynamics. The course will present recent advantage in the field of Li ion batteries. In addition super-capacitors, allowing fast (dis)charge and based on similar principles, are part of the course.

Study Goals

This course aims to give insight in the chain of hydrogen production, storage and use, and the devices involved. Electrical storage in the form of batteries will be discussed. Physical and materials science advances that are required to bring forward hydrogen and batteries as energy carriers will be highlighted.

DUT Racing & OpenCourseWare

Each year students from a variety of studies work together in the interdisciplinary DUT Racing team to design, build and race an independently designed and manufactured car to compete during the annual Formula Student competition.
Educate yourself: Course Materials for free

This not only leads to a competition winning machine: the racecar provides a very tangible showcase of the engineering skills needed to design and build a racecar. With the intention to share the knowledge and skills applied needed to build the DUT13 racecar, this year the DUT Racing team started sharing recorded lectures and courses, taken by the DUT Racing students, as OpenCourseWare.

Courses published as OpenCourseWare cover the scientific backgrounds of elements applied in the racecar, like aerodynamics, ergonomics, chassis,  vehicle dynamics, power train and electronics.

Take a look at http://dutracing.tudelft.nl and http://ocw.tudelft.nl/dutracing

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