ENTHUSE | EnerX Systems | Conrad Challenge 2018-2019 Business Plan Submission


Despite all our technological
advancements, our scientific achievements the weather is still something that we can
neither properly predict nor control. Powerful hurricanes still devastate our
sprawling cities. Rough seas still sink our mighty ships, and strong microbursts
and windshears still to this day can bring down our aircraft in seconds. Although we’ve learned to
deal with the weather and the frequency of accidents attributed to it has gone down,
the approach we have used to achieve this reduction has been running away
from the problem instead of facing it head-on. Avoiding these weather phenomena
forces flights to stay airborne, remain grounded or even divert to a nearby
airport, causing losses to both stuck passengers and the airlines operating
these aircraft. This is seemingly unavoidable, primarily due to a quirk in
how jet engines function. When pilots request a particular throttle
setting, the engines don’t immediately respond to the change. There’s a delay,
sometimes lasting even seven seconds or more before the engines attained they
require thrust setting, which makes it incredibly hard to recover from
microbursts and wind shears. Sometimes it’s not possible to escape a microburst even
at full thrust. If this delay can be overcome and if the
thrust of modern jet engines can be temporarily increased, the risk
associated with flying in the presence of these phenomena will be eliminated.
ENTHUSE works to overcome these problems by providing aircraft with
near-instant thrust in precipitating conditions, thus allowing them to easily
recover from the aforementioned phenomena. The system works by first
collecting water into a circular tank inside the bypass duct of the engine
called the Water Electrolysation Tank or WET for short. Once a sufficient
amount of water has been collected, the tank is closed in the electrodes inside
the tank are supplied with power splitting the water into hydrogen and oxygen
gas. This gas can then be supplied into the engine nozzle where
it will burn raising the temperature and exhaust velocity of the mixture existing
in the engine and thus increasing thrust. As the additional thrust is added after
the turbine stage, it does not suffer from temperature and spin limitations that
usually cap engine performance. It is thus able to provide more thrust
more responsively. Due to the nature of how ENTHUSE tackles the problem there are no direct competitors that it faces. However, weather radars, wind shear
detection systems and the like also address the issue and so are competing
against us in the safety aspect if the economical one. These systems only help
avoid the problem and are prone to false alarms, only exacerbating the delays that
ENTHUSE is aiming to reduce. Other operationally similar systems like
afterburners and water injection systems aren’t used in commercial aircraft since
they have several issues – chief among them being the cost of operation. Our
intellectual property would be sold to aircraft and engine manufacturers – a
booming market which has seen tremendous growth. We will approach angel investors
aircraft and engine manufacturers the airline and cargo industry and the
government for schemes, loans, and other funds. Thank You!

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