Jun 27, 2011

Autodesk Software Helps Company Turn Waste Into Ultraclean Energy

Enventix Relies on Digital Prototyping to Speed Development of Ground-Breaking Waste Conversion Systems.

Enventix Inc., a clean tech company focused on alternative energy, is successfully using software from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) for green manufacturing to develop its patent-pending Enpresso system. The system enables the conversion of municipal waste, biomass and other low-grade feedstocks into clean, renewable energy.

The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program — which provides software for emerging clean tech companies in North America, Europe and Japan — provided Enventix with powerful Digital Prototyping software to help evaluate, validate and refine its original concepts.

By converting waste to energy two to six times more effectively than competing systems while exceeding any standard for air emissions, Enpresso can dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of current waste management and energy generation practices.

Enpresso’s efficiency comes from its innovative design, which produces pure syngas for a gas turbine converted from waste affordably and cleanly at the distributed scale. Its elegant and simple design represents a break from conventional thermo-chemical reactor concepts.

Optimizing Green Manufacturing with Digital Prototyping

The Enventix team used Autodesk Inventor software in every step of the development of the Enpresso system, benefiting from more collaborative conceptual design within the team through time- and cost-saving digital prototypes, and providing data for the creation of detailed computational fluid dynamics and thermo-mechanical modeling. Autodesk reseller KETIV Technologies provided training and support to help enable Enventix to more fully adopt Digital Prototyping to design Enpresso.

“Digital Prototyping gives our designers and engineers the capability to fully optimize their designs about 20-40% more quickly,” said Monem Alyaser, founder, president and CEO of Enventix. “As the complexity of systems and projects grows, our time to market has also been shrinking. The costs of not using Digital Prototyping are just too big, and Autodesk software is the best choice.”

Digital Prototyping also plays a crucial role in helping Enventix communicate its vision to outside parties and investors. Autodesk Showcase software renders mechanical designs into photorealistic representations of the company’s products, while Autodesk 3ds Max Design software creates animations that help convey the company’s most complex technology concepts. Enventix additionally uses Autodesk Vault Professional to more effectively manage design projects across the three locations where their design team is based.

“From product development to marketing, Enventix is making good use of Digital Prototyping to help solve the huge renewable energy conversion challenge that society faces,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “Through the Clean Tech Partner Program, Enventix is producing radical solutions with minimal investment.”