What a waste-heat engine has to do with the auto sector is actually relevant. In short, the Cyclone is a 21st century, high efficiency, compact and powerful steam engine, a Rankine Cycle heat regenerative external combustion, otherwise known as a “Schoell Cycle” engine.
The Cyclone Engine is capable of running on virtually any fuel (or combination of fuels) including today’s promising new bio fuels, while emitting far fewer pollutants than traditional gas or diesel powered internal combustion engines. To date, Cyclone has over 1,000 hours of running and testing our engines, has achieved verified thermal efficiencies above 30%, and is very close to putting the first of these engine models into small-scale commercial production.
From waste energy and solar thermal power generators to cars, trucks, trains and ships, we see a day when our planet will be powered in a sustainable manner by just One Engine – the Cyclone Engine.
Waste Heat Applications Before Vehicles
According to the latest Cyclone Power news release, this milestone - from prototypes to completed pre-production engines - represents a critical advancement for the Phoenix-10 Waste Oil Power Generator (P-10), scheduled for commercial production in 2012.
The P-10 is an innovative generator system that is capable of utilizing waste fuels, such as used automotive motor oil, to produce electricity and reduce both energy and heating requirements for garages, car dealerships and similar facilities. Powered by the Cyclone WHE-25 external combustion engine, each P-10 generator system is designed to produce 7.5 kW of clean, grid-tied electricity.
Doug Petty, Phoenix Power's Vice President, commented, "We've made significant progress in a short period of time, and we're very pleased with the results Cyclone is achieving. Among the critical connections we've made in the past few months was matching the Cyclone steam generator with our partner's EPA-compliant and UL-rated waste oil furnace, which we believe will expedite our path to product commercialization."
Phoenix Power's distribution partner, Clean Burn, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of waste oil heaters in the U.S., with over 150,000 products in the market, and over 30 years of outstanding performance. The parties are currently coupling Clean Burn's furnaces with a specially designed heat exchanger, which will provide the co-generative thermal energy to run the Cyclone WHE-25 engine. These engines are being fabricated by TopLine Energy Systems, a licensee of global automotive parts manufacturer TopLine Automotive Engineering Inc., pursuant to an agreement announced earlier this year.
"Thus far, we've had excellent results with the initial engines manufactured by TopLine - they did solid machining work and added great value to our technology," stated Travis Love, WHE Project Leader and Engineer for Cyclone. "We look forward to continuing our work with TopLine, Phoenix and Clean Burn towards the shared goal of getting a quality product to market as soon as possible."
What About Autos?
Automotive is a target for Cyclone Power. Imagine a Chevy Volt replacing that IC generator engine with a much more efficient Cyclone Power external combustion engine ECE). It would burn almost any fuel, including natural gas, bio-diesels, syngas; and it would burn thorough enough to mitigate pollution; in their words, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and irritating pollutants into the air.
Frankly, I think someone should modify a Volt and prove that system out.
But lest you think powering a vehicle’s wheels directly like any other IC engine is a long shot, then consider this: Cyclone signed an agreement with NASA to allow them to make a historic test run of the Cyclone-Williams (Team Steam USA) streamliner at the Kennedy Space Center. The company stated that it was honored to be invited by NASA to test their technology on the Space Shuttle landing strip, and looked forward to updating us when they make their initial run.
Point is, this is just the beginning of the return of steam to autmotive propulsion. Sure, it has an immediate use with waste heat generation, but the automobile's first roots reside with steam. Check any automotive history book.
More About Cyclone Power Technologies
Cyclone Power Technologies is the developer of the award-winning Cyclone Engine - an all-fuel, clean-tech engine with the power and versatility to run everything from waste energy electric generators and solar thermal systems to cars, trucks and locomotives.
Invented by company founder and CEO Harry Schoell, the patented Cyclone Engine is an eco-friendly external combustion engine, ingeniously designed to achieve high thermal efficiencies through a compact heat-regenerative process, and to run on virtually any fuel - including bio-diesels, syngas or solar - while emitting fewer greenhouse gases and irritating pollutants into the air.
The Cyclone Engine was recognized by Popular Science Magazine as the Invention of the Year for 2008, and was presented with the Society of Automotive Engineers' AEI Tech Award in 2006 and 2008. Additionally, Cyclone was recently named Environmental Business of the Year by the Broward County Environmental Protection Department. For more information, visit www.cyclonepower.com.
[Full Dislosure: Frank owns shares in this company as part of his long-term IRA investments]
About the Reporter: After 39 years in the auto industry as a design engineer, Frank Sherosky now trades stocks, futures and writes articles, books and ebooks like, "Perfecting Corporate Character," "Awaken Your Speculator Mind", and "Millennial World Order" via authorfrank.com. He may be contacted here by email: [email protected]
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