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Updated September 4, 2005
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have come a long way since the original
Not only will the engine benefit but so will the chambers
Improved motors and generators
It was created because it is safe and the concept worked when powered from an external source and in this design it would be self powered.
Place Stirling Engines in a three dimensional array performing the following:
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 X X X X X X
2 X X X X X X
3 X X X X X X
1 X 3 = 3 motors for the Cold chamber
1 X 3 = 3 motors for the Hot Chamber
4 X 3 = 12 generators providing electric
Gases expand and contract based on the difference between two chambers containing heat and cold. The expansion and contraction of the gases propel a piston which moves and the armature than rotates and creates electric. The concept is to use multiple motors and generators to provide redundancy and continual operation while also allowing for hot plugging in a replacement without disruption to the operation except for a decrease in output until a new unit is added. New Materials would also be used for the temperature chambers to super insulate the chambers so that they can retain desired operating temperatures with less electric used from the system itself. The initial power for the motors could be from batteries or direct connection to the power grid. Electric could recharge the batteries to ensure stand alone operation in case the system is shut down.
By creating an array of Stirling Motors we can use some to provide electric to heat one chamber and another to keep another chamber cold.
The initial project is to create a model that is proof of the concept with each motor estimated to costs under $200 and each of the generators under $400 thus 200 x 12 = $2400 and 6 x $400 = $2400. Each temperature chamber is estimated to be under $500 (2 x $500 = $1,000), $300 for the different gases and a rack for the entire device for another $1000 for a total of an estimated $7,100.
External temperatures could also be used to further assist in temperature differences. An example would be solar amplifiers to assist in heating.
The power produced would be dependent on the number of generators, their sizes, the gas used and the temperature of the chambers.
The power plant could be used to supply power for electric vehicles and thus cars that run with no fuel.
Use current hardware to prove concept.
Investigate temperatures and different materials for motors and generators.
Investigate temperature chambers and super insulated materials
No external fuel sources,
Simple concept and design.
Redundancy built in.
Local to where needed.
Could be portable.
Low cost electric for the world.
Vehicles that are electric, clean and need no other fuel source.
Could be inexpensive to build and thus a commodity.
Rides the Segway with Dean Kamen
I thought that the readers of this page might be interested in what he told me about the
Full Power: New 1 hp (746
In May of 2002 I got a call
from a physics professor at a major university in
Now it also happened that the engine this professor wanted was very similar to an engine that I had been wanting to build. And so after lots of phone calls and a trip to my father's alma mater. I am now working madly on developing this engine.
is my fondest hope that this will be a low manufacturing cost engine although
low is a relative term and the first hand built engines certainly won't be
priced competitively with a Honda generator. I'm putting this project up on our
web site because there may be another university or research organization that
is interested in an engine like this and they may be able to talk us into building
one for them. The cost would be about $35,000.00 USD with half of that being
due when the order was placed. If this is something that your university or
research organization is interested in please call me at the phone number on
our Contact-Us page.
-- Brent H. Van Arsdell
Full Power: New
In January of 2001
our phone started to ring with questions about Dean Kamen, "It" and the
project code named "Ginger." Much to our great delight is seems
that someone with real money is developing a small
I'm not sure if
Why do I think that
this invention could change the world? Because the
current method of delivering electricity is extremely inefficient.
A new power plant will typically burn natural gas, but there are a lot of
losses between the power station and your house. It would be much more
efficient to generate the power by burning the natural gas at your house.
That way the waste heat can be used to heat your water or keep your house warm
in the winter. To keep you cool in the summer the
By the way if any one knows Dean Kamen, tell him to call me and I'll give him the complimentary MM-1 Stirling engine I have reserved for him!
Reader Binh Tran supplied this link to a 500 watt mechanical power
German hand built
People often call
us and e-mail us asking for an engine that puts out X amount of power and burns
Y fuel. Unfortunately they usually want the first engine that they buy to be
priced competitively per kilowatt with a Honda generator. Honda makes
generators by the millions and any new
Company is very interested in developing new full power
To the best of our
knowledge, there is no one in the world currently delivering a small
If you are a
commercial vendor of any type of
The intent of these pages are to seek additional support in developing this concept:
Joseph John Rothengast