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Running on empty | The Economist
There's a pic in a Popular Mechanics June 1998 article showing the nuclear piston engine using a steam working fluid/moderator with nuclear fuel in the cylinder/piston. Same guy went on to CAESAR reactor work which is similar, using fine tuned light water steam pressure for neutron economy control.
NPTRE  nuclear  turboreciprocating  turbo  reciprocating  engine  piston  powerplant  generator 
june 2017 by asteroza
Dearman
Interesting engine that works on expansion of liquid nitrogen as the working fluid in a piston engine (similar to compressed air engines), but the real savings is for refrigerated goods delivery vehicles, that can use the cold exhaust for cooling cargo. Wonder how well it pairs with hybrid electric drivetrains, or functioning as a range extender?
liquid  cryogenic  LN2  engine  powerplant  motor  propulsion  green  nitrogen  Delicious 
january 2017 by asteroza
An Introduction to the Nuclear Powered Energy Depot Concept
US Army was interested in synthetic fuel production via nuclear power/heat during the 70's oil crisis...
US  army  military  syntheic  fuel  production  nuclear  reactor  powerplant  synthesis  Delicious 
january 2016 by asteroza
How It Works | LiquidPiston
Compact engine with simple parts, and isn't a wankel (more like an inverse wankel) but is a rotary engine at 10Krpm.
rotary  ICE  engine  powerplant  power  generator  research  technology  Delicious 
june 2015 by asteroza
Atom (2-3hp)
I wonder how applicable this would be to the electric quadcopter world as a range extender/genset/primary powerplant?
small  compact  hybrid  electric  UAV  drone  powerplant  genset  generator  range  extender  APU  Delicious 
january 2015 by asteroza
ASME DC | Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power | Advances in the Development of a Microturbine Engine
A step towards a usable microturbine for powering electric UAV's as an alternative or complement to batteries, as an electric hybrid. But I bet a RamGen single rotor ISCE as a generator would beat this, if matched with Launchpoint's halbach array motor/generator...
DecaWatt  compact  small  form  factor  gas  turbine  microturbine  power  generator  research  technology  energy  UAV  drone  powerplant  electric  hybrid  Delicious 
january 2015 by asteroza
GE Test Fires Mini 3D Printed Engine - 3D Printing Industry
Interesting, looks like a straight through engine, probably centrifugal compressor? Wonder how it compares to a Capstone microturbine in architecture...
GE  small  form  factor  compact  microturbine  turbine  engine  3D  printing  fabbing  RC  propulsion  DMLS  aviation  aerospace  research  technology  powerplant  Delicious 
november 2014 by asteroza
高効率エンジン|浪越エレクトロニクス
Some sort of weird conrod scotish yoke setup I think, opposed piston but not opposed cylinder? Won't that shake itself to death?
japan  ICE  combustion  engine  powerplant  hardware  Delicious 
october 2014 by asteroza
China ready to construct floating nuclear power plant|Politics|News|WantChinaTimes.com
Oh ho, stuffing nuke barges into the artificial island harbor lagoons in the south china sea? Yeah, that'll pretty much cement (no pun intended) their land claims since no sane person would want to do an island assault to take back the islands.
china  floating  nuclear  power  generator  barge  powerplant  research  technology  marine  engineering  Delicious 
september 2014 by asteroza
Study of Molten Salt Reactor Use in Ships!
Basic feasibility of a 50MWe/136MWth MSR/CCGT powerplant for a 8000td surface combatant. Probably need to up the electric power now in the age of integrated electric propulsion plus DEW/railgun/AESA
MSR  MSRE  MSDR  molten  salt  thorium  nuclear  reactor  ship  power  generator  powerplant  propulsion  maritime  marine  engineering  suface  naval  combatant  navy  vessel  research  military.naval  military  Delicious 
august 2014 by asteroza
Harry Reid Announces The First Hybrid Solar-Geothermal Power Plant | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World
Note this is NOT solar thermal boosting of a geothermal plant. That idea arguably makes more sense in a much more combined setup.
solar  PV  geothermal  hybrid  powerplant  power  generator  green  energy  Delicious 
september 2011 by asteroza
GE Combines Natural Gas, Wind, and Solar - Technology Review
So the idea is colocate a wind turbine array in the solar thermal heliostat field, and use the solar thermal heat to boost the steam turbine in a natural gas combined cycle rig. No mention of thermal heat storage from the solar thermal system, but considering the gas turbine can operate in peaking mode, there's less of an incentive to do so. The gas turbine also can do some load following moves to buffer the wind turbine output to take care of the wind power variability issue. It appears to spec for dry cooling the steam turbine. The core concept of a heavily integrated multisource powerplant is intriguing, and does cut the cost of some equipment (mainly steam turbines/generators, and transformers, and controls). However, if the integration is too high, then later expansions or uprates will unbalance the optimizations, potentially to the point that it may not be worth the costs.
turkey  GE  hybrid  natural  gas  turbine  combined  cycle  steam  HRSG  dry  cooling  concentrating  solar  thermal  wind  power  generator  green  energy  integrater  powerplant  Delicious 
june 2011 by asteroza
Wrightspeed Inc | Hybrid Digital Drive System
Sounds like the gas turbine they describe is a Capstone MicroTurbine due to the no lube and no cooling setup, but they don't explicitly say that, since their main engineering is on a series hybrid controller and battery management architecture, which theoretically can accept any input generator power source, and to a lesser extent can be used for retrofits of existing vehicles by slapping in a generator where the transmission is now.
gas  turbine  series  hybrid  electric  powerplant  engine  motor  car  automotive  technology  research  green  transportation  vehicle  microturbine  power  generator  range  extender  Delicious 
february 2011 by asteroza
MTT rotating combustor concept - Micro Turbine Technology BV
I really want to see a cutaway describing this. From other descriptions, it seems to be some sort of radial centrifugal compressor with a combustor integrated into the edge of the compressor wheel, followed by the turbine blades. It appears to be a single monolithic rotor as well, probably with a specially shaped case to assist in the flow. But, at some point, I would imagine the logical end result of needing to up the compression would lead down the path towards a RamGen style monolithic compressor/combustor/rotor.
microturbine  turbine  rotating  combustor  small  form  factor  statorless  power  generator  propulsion  engine  powerplant  design  research  Delicious 
december 2010 by asteroza
press-Lloyds.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Lloyd's and Hyperion Power Systems are teaming up to do dev work regarding modern shipping using small modular nuclear reactors as powerplants/engines/steam generators for large ships with a defined high speed need. There was some interesting work recently that a three ship fleet with nuclear power for the transpacific container cargo transport market could seriously beat a 4 ship fuel oil powered fleet on a profit and tons/day or tons/mile basis.
Lloyds  Hyperion  small  form  factor  modular  reactor  SMR  steam  power  generator  powerplant  engine  ship  vessel  propulsion  green  energy  transportation  shipping  building  marine  ocean  offshore  filetype:pdf  media:document  Delicious 
november 2010 by asteroza
The Motorship - MHI develops hybrid turbocharger
Hrm, as a general rule, is running a direct drive or belt drive alternator better or worse than using an alternator generator colocated on the turbocharger shaft? I suppose a marine diesel has power enough to spare to get away with it, but what about cars and trucks? There was that hybrid turbocharger for cars a little while back, but that was to get over turbo boost lag, and wasn't intended to be a primary power generator alternator...
ship  marine  diesel  powerplant  motor  engine  technology  MHI  hybrid  turbocharger  power  generator  green  transportation  energy  Delicious 
october 2010 by asteroza
GM Planning Rotary Power Plant for 2nd Generation Chevy Volt….Did we Miss the 1st Generation?
Interesting report of GM looking at a high density powerplant option for the followon Volt vehicle. A wankel rotary is interesting, but the main expertise for that is Mazda, so there would need to be a tech agreement. I am a little surprised by the drivetrain cost issue with a microdiesel. Small diesel generators for boats don't seem to have such a cost issue, and this is a series hybrid vehicle so it should be a drop in replacement. I'm also surprised there isn't a return to a microturbine. GM has some turbine history, and Capstone is a small enough company to buy outright. Capstone, or WilliamsJet, have great tech for single piece milled turbines.
GM  volt  EV  PHEV  ICE  engine  powerplant  motor  rotary  wankel  green  transportation  vehicle  Delicious 
june 2010 by asteroza
ttengines - clean air turbine technology
So, um, I think this is basically multiple valveless pulsejets driving an impulse turbine, right? I suppose since it's valveless, there are pressure and shock wave related reasons why you may not want higher pressures in the combustion chamber. Also, you can't use a downstream turbocharger since that would increase backpressure of the main turbine, so the blower must be powered by the main turbine (mechanically or electrically driven?)
pressure  gain  compressor  cyclic  detonation  cycle  gas  turbine  engine  powerplant  propulsion  motor  transportation  green  energy  DCGT  Delicious 
may 2010 by asteroza
waste_heat_recovery.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Warsila, the big marine diesel powerplant maker, covering new green energy aspects of future propulsion products. Interesting stuff, like mixed source thermal/pressure recovery (exhaust heat steam recovery turbine coupled with exhaust gas turbo power turbine to drive a single generator) feeding an electric assist motor on the main propeller shaft.
Wartsila  marine  propulsion  powerplant  waste  heat  recovery  thermal  green  energy  hybrid  power  generator  assist  motor  filetype:pdf  media:document  Delicious 
april 2010 by asteroza
Mitsubishi Heavy to Test CO2 Recovery from Coal-fired Flue Gas -- Tech-On!
Looks like a tech demo of a previous system qualified for gas turbine plants, modified to do more heavy metal and halogen preprocessing removal for coal plant flue gases.
MHI  Mitsubishi  heavy  industries  japan  CO2  carbon  capture  flue  gas  coal  thermal  powerplant  KS-1  amine  absorption  green  energy  Delicious 
february 2010 by asteroza
Toshiba to Build Next-gen Electric Power System in Japan -- Tech-On!
Mixed hybrid powerplant testbed in Okinawa. Solar, wind, assorted batteries connecting to existing gas turbine and thermal (coal? combined cycle?) powerplant setup.
Japan  Okinawa  green  energy  powerplant  testbed  solar  cell  photovoltaic  wind  turbine  gas  thermal  sodium  sulfur  battery  storage  load  demand  leveling  Delicious 
february 2010 by asteroza
TCASE 4: Energy system build rates and material inputs « BraveNewClimate.com
running some numbers of global powerplant constructions needs by material supply only...
TCASE  powerplant  buildout  rate  comparison  materials  cost  Delicious 
october 2009 by asteroza
Next Big Future: What if Everyone had Exoskeletons Just for Getting Around and Carrying Stuff?
Forget carrying a separate electric bike with common powerplant/energy storage with the exoskeleton. Integrate wheeled propulsion directly into the exoskeleton instead. If japanese anime has taught me anything, rollerskating exoskeletons are made of WIN.
green  energy  storage  common  boot  transportation  vehicle  motorcycle  electric  powerplant  robotics  bicycle  bike  spring  mobility  movement  bionic  exoskeleton  walker  assisted  HULC  BLEEX  Delicious 
march 2009 by asteroza
Next Big Future: Electric Bikes Compatible with Exoskeleton
Forget carrying a separate electric bike with common powerplant/energy storage with the exoskeleton. Integrate wheeled propulsion directly into the exoskeleton instead. If japanese anime has taught me anything, rollerskating exoskeletons are made of WIN.
green  energy  storage  common  transportation  vehicle  motorcycle  electric  powerplant  bicycle  bike  mobility  movement  exoskeleton  assisted  HULC  BLEEX  Delicious 
march 2009 by asteroza
Cyclone Power Technologies Inventor of The Cyclone Engine.
A variant of this is being used for a high speed record steam car, using the cyclone engine to make steam.
technology  green  energy  waste  power  generator  heat  engine  motor  powerplant  combustion  steam  external  EATR  Cyclone  WHE  Delicious 
january 2009 by asteroza

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