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RE: [hreg] Re: [HealthyHousing] Re: Sterling sun-powered engine

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  • Mike Ewert
    Stirling engines are really still in the research stage. http://www.sunpower.com/products/index.html Stirling coolers are a little farther along.
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 24, 2002
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      Stirling engines are really still in the research stage.
      http://www.sunpower.com/products/index.html
      Stirling coolers are a little farther along.
      http://www.globalcooling.nl/
      http://www.globalcooling.com/

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Kim & Garth Travis [mailto:gartht@...]
      Sent: Friday, February 22, 2002 7:50 AM
      To: HealthyHousing@yahoogroups.com; hreg@yahoogroups.com
      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:
      <hreg@yahoogroups.com>
      Kim

      rare_wood wrote:

      > --- In HealthyHousing@y..., "Donna" <ruthful@p...> wrote:
      > >*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.
      >
      > Ray
      >
      >
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