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Edwin Conan on Car Design News

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2009 by edwinconan

Yes! My portfolio made it into the “Featured Portfolios” Section on Car Design News website: here.

RMIT Hydrogen Racing Car

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , on May 12, 2009 by edwinconan

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More than 3 weeks ago, I went to RMIT Bundoora East Campus to see the RMIT hydrogen car, Australia’s first hydrogen racing car. It is the result of collaboration of RMIT’s School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Germany’s Fachhochschule Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences. Professor Aleksandar Subic (head of RMIT School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) describes it as a demonstration vehicle for the future – a car that is powerful, fast and runs on clean, sustainable fuel. The car uses an internal combustion motorcycle engine modified to run on hydrogen, and the hydrogen comes from in compressed form in a lightweight carbon fiber gas tank on one side of the car. The tank contains the amount of hydrogen that is equivalent to 4 to 5 kg petrol, which is not a lot comparing the size of the tank and the amout of fuel on board. They found it a bit hard to handle the hydrogen, you can either store it under dangerously high pressure or at nearly-impossible-to-reach low temperature. They choose the high pressure because it is the only system their German collaborator can afford and lay their hand on. The chassis is constructed in aluminium tube frames and covered with carbon fiber body panels. In theory, the car can reach 170kmh, making it the fastest hydrogen car of its class in the world.

During the chat with lecturer Geoff Pearson from Automotive Engineering department in RMIT racing team workshop, i found out that in theory, any internal combustion engine can be modified to run on hydrogen, and ideally, it will be more powerful than the same petrol version engine. To burn hydrogen directly in an internal combustion engine is the simplest, easiest way and most light weight system compare to fuel cell or hybrid. And weight is everything, efficincy, economy, performance. The other thing I learned was that from an engineeror point of view, petrol power is still the best all rounder, the only downside is it will run out and it is not clean. When environmentalists and green hippies comes in, they brought alone a whole series of problems and headaches. The only upside of all the alternative energy source is “clean”. Hydrogen is clean but not clean to produce and hard to handle; hybrid, fuel cell and electric systems are too complicated and heavy. Our city, our society and our lifestyle is built around car, we live knowing we can travel from A to B easily on daily base, and that “travel from A to B” will have an environmental effect no matter what form it is, even walking will produce CO2. It is an imperfect world, it all down to what we want and what we need to give up.

Hydrogen racer wows shoppers

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , , on April 19, 2009 by edwinconan

RMIT – Hydrogen racer wows shoppers

A young fan checks out the racer

RMIT University’s clean and green racing car was the main attraction for shoppers in the eastern suburbs during a special event at Westfield Doncaster.

Australia’s first hydrogen-powered racer was on display during the Easter school holidays, with RMIT students on hand to explain the cutting-edge automotive engineering technology behind it.

Professor Aleksandar Subic, Head of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, said RMIT students involved in the pioneering Formula Hydrogen project had developed knowledge and skills that would help them become future leaders of the automotive engineering industry.

“This project was about more than theory – the students actually had the chance to research, design, build and test a hydrogen-powered racing car using the latest sustainable automotive technology,” Professor Subic said.

“The work they have done in building this demonstration vehicle for the future will have benefits for all cars and could even lead some day to a completely clean and green Grand Prix.”

RMIT students helped design, engineer and manufacture the car last year as part of their Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) and Bachelor of Engineering (Automotive Engineering) programs.

Powered by an internal combustion motorcycle engine modified to run on hydrogen, the racing car showcases the possibilities of this clean, efficient and renewable alternative fuel.

The car will be bidding for the title of world’s fastest hydrogen-powered racer when it attempts to break the Guinness World Records mark for speed by a vehicle of its class later this year.

The Formula Hydrogen project is a collaboration between RMIT and the Fachhochshule Ingolstadt, University of Applied Sciences, in Germany.

Morgan’s zero-emission Life Car

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , , on April 12, 2009 by edwinconan

Jay Leno Speaks Out On behalf of BMW’s Hydrogen Initiative

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , on April 12, 2009 by edwinconan

2009 World Green Car of the Year Award

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , on April 10, 2009 by edwinconan

Honda FCX Clarity wins 2009 World Green Car of the Year award – [2009 Green WCOTY] – MotorAuthority – Car news, reviews, spy shots

Honda FCX Clarity

The World Green Car of the Year is a sub-award of the annual World Car of the Year (WCOTY) handed out by a dedicated organization and chosen by a selection of journalist jurors from around the world. Inaugurated with the award of the Honda Civic Hybrid in 2006, today at the New York Auto Show another Honda was given the award. Taking out top honors for the 2009 World Green Car of the Year awards was the Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.

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Making the 1:10 Scale Model of the HSV Encore

Posted in Design Studio Icarus Project, HSV Encore 2020 Concept Car with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2008 by edwinconan