RE: [hreg] Re: [HealthyHousing] Re: Sterling sun-powered engine
- Stirling engines are really still in the research stage.
Stirling coolers are a little farther along.
From: Kim & Garth Travis [mailto:gartht@...]
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2002 7:50 AM
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Subject: [hreg] Re: [HealthyHousing] Re: Sterling sun-powered engine
Once at a Houston Renewable Engery Group meeting I heard someone talking
about Sterling Engines. May I suggest you contact them at:
> --- In HealthyHousing@y..., "Donna" <ruthful@p...> wrote:<http://rd.yahoo.com/M=213858.1879371.3379540.1261774/D=egroupweb/S=17050416
> >*snip* I keep seeing a picture in my mind from the far recesses of
> my past where there was sort of a little wind mill inside a glass
> dome and the blades of the wind mill were painted black and white.
> Every other one, in other words, one black and then one white. And
> when the sun hit them, it caused the blades to move. Is the sterling
> engine something like this?
> ### The device you described directly converts solar energy into
> rotational force and movement. I doubt that such a configuration
> would be suitable for generating a practical amount of power.
> ###Here is how the Stirling engine works: When a confined body of gas
> (air, helium, whatever) is heated, its pressure rises. This
> increased pressure can push on a piston and do work. The body of gas
> is then cooled, pressure drops, and the piston can return. The same
> cycle repeats over and over, using the same body of gas.
> > And, I really do plan to read up on this, but first, tell me, are
> people already successfully using sterling engines to run houses?
> And how much does a set up cost, like you have described?
> ### The only Stirling engines being produced for sale that I could
> find were tiny demonstrator models that you build from plans or
> kits. I placed a phone call to the American Hydrogen Association in
> the hopes of finding Irving Jorgenson, the man who about nine years
> ago tested the sun motors I described. I left a message on their
> machine and I hope to hear back from them . I'll post an update when
> I learn more.
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