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Stove Teams

Updated: August 8th, 2017

These teams filled out the letter of interest form, indicating their interest in becoming a finalist in the 2018 Wood Stove Design Challenge. Up to eight teams will be chosen as finalists.

UMD WOOD STOVE

Institution: University of Maryland, College Park
Website: fpe.umd.edu
Location: Maryland, US
Category: Automated and thermoelectric
Team Leader: Michael Gollner
Other Team Members: Lucas Crofton, Seth Lattner, Taylor Myers
Contact: mgollner@umd.edu

Stove: UMD Wood Stove
A new version of the Mulciber is being designed that will integrate new technology.


EVOLUTION

Company: Thrive Energy Systems
Website: http://www.thriveoffgrid.net/product-page/evolution-series-ii-chp-1
Location: Michigan, US
Category: Automated and thermoelectric
Team Leader: Matt Ryder
Contact: mryder@thrivenrg.net

Stove: 2018 Evolution
A biomass gasification to electrical power unit with combined waste heating system.


RMH 2.0

Company: Liberator Rocket Heaters
Website: https://www.rocketheater.com/
Location: Missouri, US
Category: thermoelectric
Team Leader: Sky Huddleston
Contact: smhuddleston@rocketmail.com

Stove: RMH 2.0
A gravity fed non electric pellet stove that can also burn wood of all types with a large thermoelectric generator and hot water heater for both hydraunic and aeronic heating capacities.
Currently seeking financing to cover certification costs and open to collaboration.






MF FIRE

Company: MF Fire
Website: http://mffire.com
Location: Maryland, US
Category: automated
Team Leader: Taylor Myers
Contact: taylor@mffire.com

Stove: X
A highly automated stove making use of machine learning and novel combustion techniques to deliver a clean and unique fire.




DOWNDRAFT ROCKET

Company: Aprovecho Research Center
Website: http://aprovecho.org/
Location: Oregon, US
Team Leader: Dean Still
Contact: dean@aprovecho.org

Stove: Downdraft Rocket
Designed for heating and cooking in the developing world, this stove uses an improved, low cost TEG to produce 5 watts of power for lighting and charging cellphones. The combustion chamber, catalytic converter, and chimney lower emissions in an attempt to protect the health of biomass users.

VERSASTOVE

Company: Noble Metals Recovery
Location: Virginia, US
Category: thermoelectric
Team Leader: Stephen Spevak
Contact: ideasnow@comcast.net


Stove: VersaStove
Wood/pellet burning heater/cooker.



E-STOVE

Company: Wittus-Fire by Design
Website: http://www.he-energy.gmbh/en/home.html
Location: New York, US
Category: thermoelectric
Team Leader: Niels Wittus
Other Team Members: Alyce Wittus, Patti Boker Elkon, Sandra Lena, Gail Jankus
Contact: wittusreply@msn.com


Stove: the e-stove from ETE EmTech Engineering, Germany
Down Draft stove produces hot water & electric power.


SPANNER HKA10

Company: Caluwe, Inc. - Biomass Heat & Power Solutions
Website: http://www.holz-kraft.com/en/products/hka-10.html
Location: Massachusetts, US
Category: thermoelectric
Team Leader: Marc Caluwe
Other Team Members: Thibaut Aubert
Contact: marc@woodchipboilersr.us


Stove: Spanner HKA10
In the field of bio energy, the HKA 10 is revolutionary. With 9 kWel and 22 kWth, it is one of the smallest cogeneration plant of its kind. The wood gasifier and the CHP are located in one housing. This saves space and makes the system particularly compact. The high fuel flexibility is also refined. The energy bundle can be operated with natural wood chips, as well as with pellets and briquettes. With the HKA 10, you will be able to generate your own electricity and heat independently of fossil fuels and their constant price increases - this is highly efficient and environmentally friendly.

KIWI 2.1 VcV

Company: VcV/ Flamekeepers/ Kiwi Stove Company
Website: www.thevcv.com
Location: New Zealand
Category: automated
Team Leader: Brian Gauld
Other Team Members: Eric Schaefer
Contact: brian@thevcv.com


Stove: Kiwi 2.1 VcV
The Kiwi 2,1 VcV hybrid stove is the first stove certified by the US EPA based upon test results obtained when cord wood was used as the test fuel. The weighted average emission rate was 1.3 g/h and that includes the emissions from a cold start high burn. The overall weighted average efficiency was 77.2%. The Kiwi 2.1 is equipped with the variable choke venturi (VcV) combustion air flow control technology that enhances both emissions reduction and increases overall efficiency. The VcV technology is also very consumer friendly in that a stove can be set to the Low burn setting right after a fuel load is added but the Primary VcV will not close until the stove has achieved a sustainable Low burn operating temperatures.

LUMBURNATOR

Institution: Stony Brook University
Website: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/matscieng/undergradute-cme/index.html
Location: New York, US
Category: automated
Team Leader: Jake Lindberg
Other Team Members: Aristidis Mihalos and Kevin Riegel
Contact: jake.lindberg@stonybrook.edu


Stove: Lumburnator
The Lumburnator is a research project being undertaken by the Materials Science and Chemical Engineering Department at Stony Brook University, with the aim of building an exceedingly efficient wood burning stove. The Lumburnator is a test stove built symmetrically to operate in either updraft or downdraft configuration. It features a novel firebox design coupled with an electronically controlled air-flow system and exhaust remediation technology.

THE TES

Institution: Humboldt-University Berlin
Website: https://www.chemie.hu-berlin.de/de/forschung/rademann
Location: Germany
Category: thermoelectric
Team Leader: Kevin Bethke
Other Team Members: Richard Reisig, Klaus Rademann
Contact: kevin.bethke@gmail.com


Stove: The TES
A thermoelectric stove to heat water, the room and generate power.

R3D3

Institution: Colorado State University
Website: http://www.energyinstitute.colostate.edu/p/powerhouse-energy-campus
Location: Colorado, US
Category: thermoelectric
Team Leader: John Mizia
Other Team Members: Jason Golly, Max Flagge
Contact: john.mizia@colostate.edu

Stove: R3D3
Ultra efficient Multi Fuel Biomass Integral TEG

ReBao

Institution: Cygnoides Smart Energy Tech. Co.
Location: China
Category: thermoelectric, automated
Team Leader: Min Chen
Contact: chenminmike@gmail.com

Stove: R3D3
Cygnoides Smart Energy Tech. Co., is focused on the thermoelectric generation systems to be used in the domestic and industrial stoves, where heat and power can be produced simultaneously in a more efficient manner. Our thermoelectric stoves are maintenance free, upgradable, easy to install, and plug and play. The produced electricity can be used to reduce the fuel consumption and operating expenses, i.e., an improved profitability for our customers. By using wireless sensor networks, our stoves can perform the self-check, self-healing, as well as the risk and temperature monitoring, aiming for low-cost/short payback turnkey waste-heat recovery solutions of the context-aware distributed generation and energy internet.

Condens-E

Institution: Maine Energy Systems
Website: maineenergysystems.com
Location: Maine, US
Category: thermoelectric
Team Leader: Dutch Dresser
Other Team Members: BJ Otten
Contact: dutch@maineenergysystems.com

Stove: Condens-E
Condensing microCHP pellet boiler.



Thermarian

Institution: Arizona State University
Location: Arizona, US
Category: thermoelectric
Team Leader: Wachovia Graham
Other Team Members: Imar Uriostegui, Ram Koirala, Luis Ibarra, Emanuella Lankan, Alan Avitia
Contact: wachoviagraham@gmail.com

Stove: Thermarian
Design a low cost device that will provide power to developing countries through wood stove that is also highly efficient, innovative and has low emissions. It should be able to light a room via light bulbs and be able to charge a phone. It will also have a power bank that will allow energy to be stored for later use.



LOPI AGP Pellet Stove

Company: TEG-X
Website: http://www.lopistoves.com/product-detail.aspx?model=363
Location: California, US
Category: thermoelectric
Team Leader: Adam Lorimer
Other Team Members: Travis Industries
Contact: adam@lorimer-intl.com

Stove: LOPI AGP Pellet Stove
Applying 9 years of development of thermoelectric waste heat recovery systems for heavy industrial and automotive applications at Alphabet Energy Inc, and in collaboration with Lopi, the leading pellet stove brand in the US, TEG-X will develop a self-powered, clean-burning pellet stove. This stove will not require an external electrical supply, will operate as normal in the event of a power outage and will generate surplus electrical power to supplement solar panels in off-grid applications at night and during winter months.