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Engadget – June 4, 2008
Cyclone Power Technologies is actively talking about their motor that can gather energy from waste heat. It can also grab energy from non-waste heat and use it to create electricity or propel a vehicle. It is another tool in the arsenal to increase the efficiency and flexibility of our power generation. More effort like this needs to be made available to really reduce our reliance on foreign oil and to reduce our emissions.
Engadget had a video of the motor on their site which I have reproduced below. But first, let’s look at how this think works.
According to the company website:
Since the combustion is external to the mechanism, the Cyclone engine can run on any fuel… liquid or gaseous. Ethanol, diesel, gasoline, biomass … anything from municipal trash and agricultural waste to traditional fossil fuels can power the Green Revolution Engine – individually, or in combination. Initial tests of the engine used fuels derived from orange peels, palm oil, cottonseed oil, and chicken fat … none of which are impacted by cartels, hostile governments or dwindling reserves.
Whereas almost anything can go into a Green Revolution Engine, almost nothing comes out. It is exceptionally environment-friendly because the combustion is continuous and more easily regulated for temperature, oxidizers and fuel amount. Lower combustion temperatures and pressures create less toxic and exotic exhaust gases.
I tend to be a little skeptical of these kinds of inventions. They always seem to offer great promise when you first hear about them and then you find out that it takes some special magical part that can only be developed in the house of the founder and therefore is not available for mass production. Let’s hope my skepticism on this one is not founded!
Take a few minutes and watch the video! I am sure that you will be impressed and hope that such technology finds its way to your home soon.