Cyclone Power EC engine in a Chevy Volt would make a fine mix
That concept of a Chevy Volt with an external combustion generator motor has been a scenario in my mind ever since I came across the external combustion steam engine technology of Cyclone Power Technologies (OTCBB: CYPWR). What’s more, the scenario is feasible because the transfer medium is steam.
Right now, General Motors (NYSE: GM) is touting the Chevy Volt as an electric car with a range extender motor. True, that motor runs on gasoline, but it doesn’t have to.
Think about it. While a generator engine merely has to operate at its most efficient speed so as to burn fuel efficiently, the choice of technology can add or detract from its image. It is, after all, merely a power component to drive a generator which recharges the battery pack.
GM already has its generator motor operation at an ideal RPM rate. However, its choice of internal combustion engine is still not as efficient as it could be. Change fuel to natural gas? Sure, but when? GM seems to be basking still in its halo mode for the Volt, while there is much more to accomplish with an already high-tech propulsion system.
Now, I’m quite sure that GM engineering and management staffs are likely counting on so-called “other” efficient engines for the Volt’s future. Then again, a halo car can go years without a major update. While the HCCI engine comes to mind, so does the Scuderi or Tour split-cycle engine technologies. They, however, may be better applied to directly drive a car than a generator; but surely not out of the running.
One quick way to make the Volt greener would be to make it bi-fuel so as to avail access to cheaper and more abundant natural gas. No mention, though, of GM even thinking along this line; which is why someone like me has to bring it up. Pity. Where is GM marketing these days? Playing with social media while missing the core of the message as usual.
Now, for those who may be unaware, Raytheon has already given Cyclone Power a great endorsement by stating their technology is “a game changer.” If it can work for military applications, surely an automobile would make even greater sense, especially considering use of multi-fuels and thorough burning so as to minimize pollution.
Now consider the fact that this engine is external combustion, not internal, much like a locomotive; fuel burns without explosion. The heat is then transferred to a closed-loop steam system which powers pistons and drives via an output shaft. Think - very little to no noise.
This is one reason why I’m anxiously awaiting that attempt at the land speed record at Bonneville for the Cyclone Power modified Speed Demon racer. It will bring about an exposure of the technology that could be directly be applied to transportation; meaning automobiles, trucks and busses.