ALMA
ALMA
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Australia
Tim Conroy
Melbourne, Australia
  • Takehiro Hirotsu
  • Zena Assaad
  • Kiros Lim
  • Mert Berdilek
Round achieved
  • 1Round 1
  • 2Round 2
  • 3Round 3

Their project

Affordable GrowthAffordable Growth

Their project

Airline Direct Operating Cost (DOC) reduction through Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) aircraft retrofitted with cryogenic, self-cooling, underwing tank pods.
  • 13 June 2013

    Amazing presentations yesterday at Airbus!

    The pressure now moves from the finalists to the jury, who have the difficult task of selecting a winner. Find out more about how the finalists prepared their presentations in our diary posts on the Fly Your Ideas Billboard!
  • 07 June 2013

    It’s time for the 2013 Fly Your Ideas Final!

    The five finalist teams will arrive in Toulouse soon and we will be posting a daily diary throughout next week so you can follow their adventures with us. Share your support for them on your Teamline and let us know how you are enjoying the action!
  • 07 June 2013

    Well done Video competitors!

    We really enjoyed it the video competition, and hope you did too! It was great to see over 100,000 people engaged online to support you. Keep creating and join us now to follow the Finalists in this last stage of Fly Your Ideas 2013.
  • May 2013
  • 07 May 2013

    AVALON AIRSHOW REDUX

    Music: "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik allegro" composed by Mozart. Performed by Advent Chamber Orchestra.
  • April 2013
  • 28 April 2013

    our final design

    Integrated-external pod design for a dual fuel system
  • 26 April 2013

    Design concept

    Another look into some of our design concepts.
  • 22 April 2013

    countdown

    Only 15 days left!!
  • 22 April 2013

    our Initial pod design

    Take a look at one of our initial design options a single external pod design.
  • 22 April 2013

    Airbus innovation

    Airbus showcases innovations at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013. Check out the link below. http://www.airbus.com/presscentre/pressreleases/press-release-detail/detail/airbus-showcases-innovations-at-aircraft-interiors-expo-2013/
  • 17 April 2013

    Airbus and china

    Airbus announces partnership with China to complete a sustainability analysis of potential biojet feedstocks in China. Check out the link below. http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/8042/airbus-announces-chinese-partnership-opens-student-competition
  • 16 April 2013

    ALMA Video

    Check out one of the videos we produced for the Round 2 video submission!
  • 12 April 2013

    Round 2 submitted!

    We've submitted our Round 2 proposal! After 3 months of hard work and dedication we'd like to thank everyone who has helped and supported us along the way! Fingers crossed for Round 3!
  • 11 April 2013

    Round 2 is almost over!

    Almost time to submit our final report and video!
  • 11 April 2013

    Liquid biomethane already at airports

    Liquid Biomethane is already being stored at airports in the UK. Have a look at the link below to see the company currently using biomethane to fuel buses at airports http://cnch4.com/process.php
  • 10 April 2013

    Comparison of aviation fuel alternatives

    Check out our blog for a detailed discussion comparing different aviation fuel alternatives. http://projectalma2013.blogspot.com.au/
  • 10 April 2013

    CO2 emission comparison

    CO2 emission comparison for an A320 aircraft based on 6 key aviation fuelling options.
  • 10 April 2013

    From planes to ships

    Have a look at ExxonMobil's latest proposal for joining the LNG rush! http://www.forbes.com/sites/timtreadgold/2013/04/02/exxonmobil-joins-the-floating-lng-rush/
  • 08 April 2013

    LCH4 cost savings

    The results of our calculations showing the fuel savings of an LCH4 aircraft
  • 08 April 2013

    Good luck! The deadline is approaching!

    You are nearly there! Don’t wait until the last minute to upload your files. We can’t wait to see your video!
  • 08 April 2013

    LNG's carbon footprint

    Projected life-cycle carbon emissions of various fuels. LNG is expected to have the lowest carbon footprint in relation to other fuels!!
  • 08 April 2013

    Fuel tank design

    Our fuel tank configuration catering for both Kerosene and LNG
  • 06 April 2013

    MEET THE TEAM: MERT BERDILEK

    Studying: 3rd Yr Aerospace Engineering. Interests: Propulsion & Aerodynamics. Hobbies: Watching Films, Writing and Filmmaking, everything regarding Cinema!
  • 06 April 2013

    LNG: The facts video

    Need a quick summary of LNG? Check out the link below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh8DtjzCumE
  • 06 April 2013

    LNG the safe fuel

    Check out this youtube video. Looks like LNG really is a great fuel!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18jB74GtZwg
  • 05 April 2013

    A350

    Admiring the lovely A350 to help keep us motivated in this last week
  • 05 April 2013

    We’re awarding the most visited Team!

    You worked hard to keep us all updated, so now it’s time to award your efforts! The Best Teamline for R2 title will go to the team who received the highest number of visits during R2. Don’t miss out on the chance to be featured on Airbus TV!
  • 04 April 2013

    biofuel test flight

    QANTAS demonstrates a test flight from Sydney to Adelaide on biofuel.Check out the video below http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQy09jKOsz0
  • 04 April 2013

    A greener QANTAS

    QANTAS supports a transition to a new sustainable aviation fuel. Check out the video below http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIgV2m0vDys
  • 04 April 2013

    Meet the team: Takehiro Hirotsu

    Studying: 4th Yr Aerospace Engineering Interest: Aircraft Structures Hobbies: Soccer, Ski, Travelling
  • 03 April 2013

    FYI INTERVIEW

    An interview with our own Timothy Conroy from ALMA and Luke Spiteri from CLIMA about the FYI competition!
  • 03 April 2013

    RMIT - FYI Short Documentary

    A repost from before with the video embedded on our team line! This video is a courtesy of Dan Murphy
  • 03 April 2013

    RMIT - FYI short video

    This video is courtesy of Dan Murphy. Have a look at all 3 teams from RMIT competing in round 2 of FYI. ALMA, CLIMA and PIES!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=769GfPgUZQc
  • 03 April 2013

    MEET THE TEAM: KIROS LIM

    Studying: 5th Yr Aerospace Engineering/ Business Management.Interest: Reading,travelling,networking.
  • 03 April 2013

    RMIT support

    Check us out on the RMIT website. http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=vq3eiyjq81obz
  • 03 April 2013

    meet the team: zena assaad

    Studying: 4th Yr Aerospace Engineering Interests: Aircraft propulsion Hobbies: Reading and watching movies
  • 03 April 2013

    USAF struggles with increasing fuel costs

    Looks like the commercial aviation industry isn't the only industry suffering from high fuel prices. http://projectalma2013.blogspot.com.au/
  • 03 April 2013

    Meet the team: Tim Conroy

    Studying: 4th Yr Aerospace Engineering and Business Management Interests: Aircraft systems, international business Hobbies: Running, basketball, netball, any sport!
  • 02 April 2013

    Last minute innovation

    The seeds of innovation sometimes sprout late, but we still have time!
  • 02 April 2013

    Are biofuels the answer?

    Are biofuels really the best option as an alternative fuel? Check out this new blog post and see. http://projectalma2013.blogspot.com.au/
  • 01 April 2013

    Moment of truth!

    Did you already start working on your video? At the end of R2 up to five teams will be selected for the video competition which will be decided by an online vote. Check out the tips in the Knowledge Centre to help you make a start if you didn’t do so yet!
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  • 01 April 2013

    Video Teaser

    Don't hold your breath!
  • March 2013
  • 31 March 2013

    Greener Flights

    Narrater: Richard Branson, Virgin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-_m3cOfPV8&feature=youtube_gdata_player
  • 30 March 2013

    Happy Easter From Team ALMA!

    Happy Easter Everyone!
  • 30 March 2013

    Meet the Team!

    From Left to Right: Takehiro Hirotsu, Zena Assaad, Tim Conroy, Kiros Lim and Mert Berdilek
  • 30 March 2013

    Another day of filming

    Mert and Takehiro setting up for another day of filming
  • 30 March 2013

    Easter Filming

    Mert and Takehiro setting up for another day of filming
  • 29 March 2013

    Energy outlook

    We have a great new blog post on energy outlook and the role of alternative fuels in the future of global energy. http://projectalma2013.blogspot.com.au/
  • 29 March 2013

    Lockheed Martin Announces LNG Project

    LNG is getting more attention in the aerospace industry than we thought! http://www.industryweek.com/expansion-management/lockheed-martin-announces-liquefied-natural-gas-project-new-orleans
  • 28 March 2013

    Twitter Q&A with Expert

    ALMA is participating in the twitter Q&A with Ian Lane tonight! Be sure to check out our twitter feed to see our questions and Ian's responses: https://twitter.com/ALMA_RMIT
  • 28 March 2013

    LNG Show Story video

    Check out Conocophillips' LNG demonstration video. Informative, fun and shows the safety of LNG! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGgau8rGHZ0
  • 27 March 2013

    Looking for tips? Ask the Expert!

    Have you tweeted your questions for tomorrow’s live Twitter Q&A with Ian Lane, Composite Materials Expert @Airbus? He’s going to be online on 28th March at 3:30 PM GMT. Make sure to tweet to @Airbus using the hashtag #AskFlyYourIdeas. See you there!
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  • 26 March 2013

    Seminar

    Tim and Takehiro getting ready for our seminar today
  • 26 March 2013

    Comparitive trend

    A comparison between jet fuel price and crude oil price
  • 21 March 2013

    Industry Consultations

    This morning Team Leader Tim Conroy had a productive and insightful meeting and discussion with executives from an international aviation fuel supplier who are also global leaders in LNG for transport, biofuels for aviation and GTL processes.
  • 20 March 2013

    Happy Day!

    Today we celebrate the International Day of Happiness. Fly Your Ideas is a big advocate of happiness! Together we can help travelers be happier and eco-efficient, so that a more sustainable world will also be a happier world. How are you celebrating?
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  • 20 March 2013

    Liquid Biogas for Aviation?

    Liquid Biogas can be produced from upgraded biogas, possibly used in the existing natural gas network. Why don't we fuel it to our aircraft? More information on our blog site! http://projectalma2013.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/liquid-biogas.html
  • 19 March 2013

    ALMA AT THE AVALON AIRSHOW

    Music: 'Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No 3, 3 allegro' from 'Advent Chamber Orchestra: Selections from the December 2006 Concert'
  • 19 March 2013

    Ready, Set, Go!

    You have registered and are ready to take part in Round 1 of Fly Your Ideas! Good luck guys!
  • 17 March 2013

    Future LNG designs

    Just put up a new blog post on some interesting future LNG technology. http://projectalma2013.blogspot.com.au/
  • 16 March 2013

    Correction

    Correction to the previous post it's an 83% reduction in annual profit not annual fuel price
  • 16 March 2013

    83% plummet in annual profit for Cathay Pacific!

    As a result of increased fuel prices Cathay Pacific airlines has reprted an 83% drop in annual fuel prices. Read the full description on our blog! http://projectalma2013.blogspot.com.au/
  • 15 March 2013

    Video

    We finally have our script done. Time to start filming!!!
  • 11 March 2013

    Mert Berdilek

    Entered the ALMA team
  • 11 March 2013

    Kiros Lim

    Entered the ALMA team
  • 10 March 2013

    Renewable Methane

    Large quantities of biogas derived methane can be produced from waste material. Werribee sewerage plant in Melbourne produces methane to generate more than 25,000MWh pa saving 20,000 tonnes of CO2 whilst currently undergoing expansion!
  • 10 March 2013

    FLNG

    Shell is currently building their floating LNG concept to revolutionize the natural gas exploration industry! http://www.shell.com.au/aboutshell/who-we-are/shell-au/operations/upstream/prelude.html
  • 10 March 2013

    GE Gas Turbines

    GE have nearly 9000 turbines powered by natural gas! The turbines take advantage of the higher calorific value of methane, reducing carbon emissions! http://www.ge-energy.com/content/multimedia/_files/downloads/Fuel%20Flexibility%20White%20Paper.pdf
  • 07 March 2013

    Follow up

    The meeting last night went great. We need to continue working on our report and video. We need to finalise our script and add more to the report. Still lots of work ahead!!
  • 06 March 2013

    Teleconference

    Hey all just a reminder that we have a meeting tonight with our mentor. Please make sure you prepare your questions for her and the questions for our expert. See you all tonight!!
  • 03 March 2013

    101!!

    We just reached 101 likes on facebook. Lets see if we can get to 200!! https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/AffordableLiquidMethaneAircraft
  • 03 March 2013

    LNG 2017

    Did you know that Australia is predicted to be the world's largest LNG producer by 2017? http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/australia-set-to-be-worlds-liquified-natural-gas-kings/story-fndo486p-1226496546490
  • 02 March 2013

    Support

    thankyou to Airbus for all the support at the Avalon airshow! Check out our feature on the Airbus Fly Your Ideas homepage!
  • 01 March 2013

    Conversation with an industry expert

    Tim and Kiros deep in discussions with an industry expert. He gave us a lot to think about!
  • 01 March 2013

    Mentor & expert

    We have a lot to present to our mentor for next week and some questions for our expert. Everyone make sure to have all your questions ready for Monday's group meeting.
  • 01 March 2013

    Work ahead

    This past week at the airshow has definately given us more to think about and ofcourse more work!! Monday meeting is going to be very detailed and busy! We have a lot to do!
  • 01 March 2013

    Ending on a high note

    Our last day at the airshow was fantastic! Thankyou to everyone for all your support and advice. It was great to see such a strong amount of interest, support and encouragement!!
  • February 2013
  • 28 February 2013

    Our supervisor

    Takehiro was cut off in the last image so we uploaded it again!
  • 28 February 2013

    Last day!

    The public show will start today. We will be there until 5pm so please visit our booth if you have not already been there! Today is our last day and we would love to end the week on a high note!
  • 28 February 2013

    Our supervisor

    It was a fantastic day at Avalon yesterday! Our supervisor, Assoc Prof. Cees Bill visited our booth! Thank you everyone who visited our booth to show your interest, we were pleased to see you all!
  • 28 February 2013

    Meeting

    We've just scheduled another meeting with our mentor for next week. Very excited to update her on our progress!!
  • 28 February 2013

    Qantas

    More recomendations from Mr. Michael Story and Mr. V. Mafushevsky from Qantas. We may need to get an opinion from our expert.
  • 28 February 2013

    Response to article

    We got an interesting response to the article publication. Some concerns for high initial costs of implementing liquid methane were raised. The responder made some good points which we need to adress more specifically.
  • 28 February 2013

    Australian Aviation article

    The article from our first official interview yesterday! Check it out: http://t.co/gK1DHC40To
  • 28 February 2013

    Progress

    Getting some fantastic advice, opinions and recomendations on our project from plenty of industry members
  • 28 February 2013

    Team meeting

    We had a great team meeting last night. Definately prepared for our third day at the airshow
  • 28 February 2013

    Dale King

    Great chat with Dale King
  • 28 February 2013

    Team ALMA

    All of team ALMA posing infront of an elaborate Airbus corporate jet
  • 28 February 2013

    Icing

    Put up a great blog post on icing and how a liquid methane aircraft would behave in such conditions.
  • 28 February 2013

    ALMA table

    Zena presenting our idea at the airshow
  • 28 February 2013

    Airbus representatives

    Getting to know some Airbus representatives
  • 28 February 2013

    Ian McMillan

    Kiros talking to Ian McMillan from the department of education
  • 28 February 2013

    ALMA table

    Our table is getting popular at the airshow!
  • 28 February 2013

    Blog post

    See our blog for an interesting comparison of liquid hydrogen aircraft, liquid methane aircraft and kerosene aircraft performance and their impact on greenhouse house gas emissions
  • 27 February 2013

    Team ALMA

    Team ALMA only missing Merc that day
  • 27 February 2013

    Twitter

    Follow us on twitter!! https://twitter.com/ALMA_RMIT
  • 27 February 2013

    ALMA blog

    Check out our blog! We've got some great posts up!! http://projectalma2013.blogspot.com.au/
  • 27 February 2013

    Facebook

    Don't forget to like us on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/#!/AffordableLiquidMethaneAircraft
  • 27 February 2013

    Ross Nolan

    Our team leader Tim talking to Mr. Ross Nolan from the air-car industry
  • 27 February 2013

    Exhibitor

    Team ALMA are official exhibitors at the Avalon airshow!!
  • 27 February 2013

    Tim & Takehiro

    Tim and Takehiro hard at work at the airshow
  • 27 February 2013

    Give aways

    Got some great give aways from Airbus today
  • 27 February 2013

    Meet and greet

    We had a great chat with a member of the airforce
  • 27 February 2013

    Biofuels Conference

    Today we attended an international biofuels conference where we gained insight into the biofuel industry, cultivation and application in aviation as both a key competitor to our proposal but also a means of sustainability methane fuel systems.
  • 27 February 2013

    Media Interview

    Our first direct media interview with Austalian Aviation!
  • 27 February 2013

    Avalon Airshow

    Team meeting with Airbus representatives discussing our ideas and organizing media opportunities!
  • 26 February 2013

    Twitter

    Follow us on twitter @ALMA_RMIT
  • 26 February 2013

    Avalon Airshow

    Great first day at the airshow! Our team leader Tim as well as the rest of ALMA were hard at work promoting our project
  • 26 February 2013

    ALMA Social Media

    For on the spot updates about our project and live from the Avalon Airshow this week, check out our Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AffordableLiquidMethaneAircraft and twitter https://twitter.com/ALMA_RMIT pages!
  • 26 February 2013

    Airbus at Avalon

    Met up with Airbus representatives at the Airshow today and they were kind enough to show us around their Corporate Jet!
  • 25 February 2013

    Avalon Airshow

    A reminder that ALMA will be presenting in the Youth Technology Precinct at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon from the 26th of Feb to the 1st of March. If you are attending the airshow we welcome you to our stand located in Hall 1!
  • 25 February 2013

    Media Coverage

    Our first official media coverage has now been published ahead of the Australian International Airshow beginning tomorrow: http://www.aviationbusiness.com.au/news/australian-fly-your-ideas-projects-on-display-at-avalon-airshow
  • 21 February 2013

    Avalon Update

    All banners, posters and flyers for the airshow are now being printed! And have a look at our aircraft display model wing, fresh from the rapid prototyper!
  • 20 February 2013

    Working hard

    Trying to get our banners and posted finished by next week. They're all looking great!!
  • 19 February 2013

    Meeting

    Don't forget everyone team meeting tomorrow at 1pm
  • 18 February 2013

    ALMA blog

    Just uploaded a new post on the blog looking at the use of LNG in ships. The link for the blog is attached below. http://projectalma2013.blogspot.com.au/
  • 18 February 2013

    Key ring

    Here is our latest key ring design for the air show next week.
  • 17 February 2013

    Airshow

    Getting ready for Avalon air show. Only one week away!
  • 14 February 2013

    ALMA logo

    Here is our new logo!!
  • 14 February 2013

    ALMA blog

    Hey all I just uploaded a new post on our blog. Let me know what you think.
  • 13 February 2013

    Meeting

    Meeting went great. Well done everyone
  • 12 February 2013

    Meeting

    Don't forget guys, meeting tonight with our mentor!!
  • January 2013
  • 15 January 2013

    round 2

    round 2
  • 15 January 2013

    Won a new Badge

    Congratulations Round 2 competitor!
    Congratulations Round 2 competitor!
    Well done on making it to Round 2. The competition is hotter than ever.
  • 06 December 2012

    Their project

    Airline Direct Operating Cost (DOC) reduction through Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) aircraft retrofitted with cryogenic, self-cooling, underwing tank pods.
  • 06 December 2012

    Won a new Badge

    Round 1 documents submitted
    Round 1 documents submitted
    Now you've submitted your questionnaire - then Round 1 is complete - well done you.
  • November 2012
  • 21 November 2012

    Zena Assaad

    Entered the ALMA team
  • 21 November 2012

    Tim Conroy

    Entered the ALMA team
  • 17 November 2012

    Cees Bil

    Is the mentor of the ALMA team
  • 17 November 2012

    Won a new Badge

    Expert help is at hand
    Expert help is at hand
    Good job! Your academic mentor is confirmed and you are one step closer to winning.
  • 13 November 2012

    Won a new Badge

    Ready to go!
    Ready to go!
    Hooray - You have accepted the invitation of your Team Leader and can now take part in Fly Your Ideas.
  • 13 November 2012

    Takehiro Hirotsu

    Entered the ALMA team
  • 13 November 2012

    Won a new Badge

    In it to win it
    In it to win it
    Phew! You have registered and can now take part in Fly Your Ideas
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