Stirling Generators

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StirlingEnthusiast
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Stirling Generators

Postby StirlingEnthusiast » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:10 am

What is the feasibility of a Stirling generator for electricity? How efficient are they? Could one power a computer or tablet?

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Re: Stirling Generators

Postby StirlingEnthusiast » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:34 am

By the way, I am talking about a relatively small one (a two cylinder tomato can design powered by a large fire).

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Re: Stirling Generators

Postby PetePeterson » Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:54 pm

not soup cans, but here is a 10W Stirling engine built from a SS water bottle.
you should get close to 8W out of a generator/alternator

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joUCcJhBm8U

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Re: Stirling Generators

Postby MikeB » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:58 am

Do you want enough power to run a computer, or just enough to be able to charge a device - there's a massive difference between the two figures.

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Re: Stirling Generators

Postby Ian S C » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:31 am

For a low tech Stirling Engine charging system, no great problem. To run a computer you need a stable power supply with a bit of reserve.
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Re: Stirling Generators

Postby StirlingEnthusiast » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:56 am

I would be thinking of a computer, but in retrospect it looks too difficult to power. Perhaps an iPad and Router. Maybe even a well to drill for water.

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Re: Stirling Generators

Postby Ian S C » Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:16 am

They go well running a radio. This little motor has a bore of 5/8", and a stroke of 3/4"
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Re: Stirling Generators

Postby harry56 » Fri May 26, 2017 12:18 am

I am also a new member. Would a newcomer be warmly welcome here? Good day you guy !



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Re: Stirling Generators

Postby Ian S C » Fri May 26, 2017 3:51 am

Yep your welcome harry56.Ian S C


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