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I want to thank all the people who stopped by to see the solar power
One of my goals in attending the Maker Faire was to get a feel for potential interest in the engine and see if there might be applications that could make use of the engine. My impression is that there is a lot of interest—I just need to deliver the power. I was showing a development engine with an output of about 1/10 watt. I think interest would be better for at least 100 watts, approximately the power a person puts out exercising, or preferably 1kwatt.
One application that sounded particularly promising is the possibility of using the engine to make use of the excess solar-heated water available in buildings that use solar hot water for space heating. Space heating requires considerable power, the cause of you high energy bills in the winter. In the summer these systems are essentially unused. I’ve heard from users that they’ve seen steam coming out of these systems as the temperatures soar in the summer. A hot water engine need not be highly efficient as long as it can generate power to pay for itself plus some extra.
I’m always interested in hearing about potential application where a low-temperature low-power engine might be useful. There are potential applications such a powering fountains or operating kinetic sculpture that might be able to use power in the 10 watt range. One benefit of the type of
As I mentioned at the Maker Faire, I’ll be putting out some free plans on this website for making a simple, small,
After that I’ll put out a simple simulator for Excel that will help you estimate the power output of a
You can see a video of the Maker Faire 2008 Configuration