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frank smith

HowStuffWorks "How Stirling Engines Work" - 1 views

    "Displacer-type Stirling Engine

    Instead of having two pistons, a displacer-type engine has one piston and a displacer. The displacer serves to control when the gas chamber is heated and when it is cooled. This type of Stirling engine is sometimes used in classroom demonstrations. You can even buy a kit to build one yourself!"
Sergio Ferreira

Infinia's Modular Solar Dishes Get Funding : MetaEfficient - 0 views

  • mirrored solar dish that looks like a home satellite receiver, and produces 3.5 kilowatts of energy
  • Using its Stirling engine technology, Inifnia thinks it can eventually produce electricity 20 to 30 percent cheaper than today’s existing solar panels. And in times of peak energy demand—on a hot summer day, for instance—it could even be competitive with electricity from gas-powered or coal-fired plants.
    300 years after its invention, Stirling engines are coming to stay... and probably take a nice share of the Solar Power market. the cost perspective is also quite attractive. these structures cost now around $20 000 against 50 to $100 000 3 years ago.
Sergio Ferreira

Sandia, Stirling to build solar dish engine power plant - 0 views

  • making a six-dish mini power plant producing up to 150kW of grid-ready electrical power during the day.
  • with a net solar-to-electric conversion efficiency reaching 30 percent. Each unit can produce up to 25 kilowatts of daytime power.
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