Solar Powered Stirling Engine

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GRØN DYST 2010 Technical University of Denmark

Solar Powered Stirling Engine
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Author:Jesper Hyldig (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Jesper Oxbøl (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Niels Hvid (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Stefan Høngaard Andersen (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Thor Thorup (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Supervisor:Knud Erik Meyer (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Henrik Carlsen (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Date: 2010-06-25     Track: Main     Session: 1
DOI:10.4122/1.1000000043
DOI:10.4122/1.1000000044
DOI:10.4122/1.1000000045

A Stirling Engine is an external combustion engine that can run on many different heat sources. The Stirling Engine has the capability to produce power from both bio-fuels and focused sun rays, thus making it a viable green technology. In our project, A Fresnel lens is utilized to direct the rays of the sun onto the heat exchanger of the Stirling Engine. The Fresnel lens is advantageous to a standard lens as it, due to its unique design, is lightweight and transportable, just like a simple sheet of plastic.