P12472: Solar Stirling Generator
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Harvesting energy from renewable sources (solar, biomass, etc.) offers a method of providing power at remote locations using local resources. Photovoltaic systems are convenient in that they convert solar energy directly to electricity, but have the disadvantage that they do not operate at night or on cloudy days. Stirling cycle engines, coupled with an electrical generator, have been investigated as systems that can use focused sunlight as a power source as an alternative to photovoltaic devices. Overall system efficiency can actually outperform silicon based photovoltaics in many cases. In addition, although mechanically more complex than photovoltaics, Stirling cycle generators can use any heat source to produce electricity, such as solar radiation, geothermal or waste heat sources, or even simple combustion of waste biomass.

This offers a degree of flexibility not matched by simple photovoltaic systems. We wish to demonstrate a small portable Stirling cycle electrical generator system that can be used to power small portable electronics using solar energy or something like a fire as a heat source.

Detailed background information and specs

Sponsor
Project Name
Solar Stirling Engine Generator #2
Project Number
P12472
Project Family
Energy and Sustainable Systems
Start Term
2011-2
End Term
2011-3
Faculty Guide
Alan Raisanen (RIT), adremc@rit.edu
Primary Customer
RIT
Sponsor (financial support)
RIT

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Concept Render

Concept Render

As built

As built

Team Members

P12472 Team: Will, Bryan, Phil, Mike

P12472 Team: Will, Bryan, Phil, Mike

Member Role Contact
Phil Glasser Lead Engineer, Electrical Engineer pmg9752@rit.edu
William Tierney Mechanical Engineer wtt1640@rit.edu
Bryan Abbott Mechanical Engineer bma7010@rit.edu
Mike Scionti Mechanical Engineer mas4269@rit.edu

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MSD I MSD II

Project Readiness Package

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Planning & Execution

Systems Design

Detailed Design

Project Review

Photo Gallery

Build, Test, Document

Project Review

Final Presentation

Technical Paper

Poster

Acknowledgements