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Design of a 2.5kW Low Temperature Stirling Engine for Distributed Solar Thermal Generation (2011)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on April 17, 2012

This research paper comes from Mike He and Seth Sandersy of the University of California – Berkeley. It reports on their efforts to design a Stirling engine for distributed solar thermal applications.

The design of the engine proposed has a solar thermal system incorporates thermal energy storage as a buffer between input solar energy and output generation. The researchers do this to provide a stable level of generation that is controllable and schedulable. Also, the Stirling engine with fuel source allows the system to use alternative fuels in a way that allows the system to operate in the absence of solar insolation.

Author: Mike He and Seth Sandersy

Date: 2011

Pages: 8

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