Cyclone Power Technologies has invented an external combustion engine with the same potentials as the conventional Internal Combustion Engine (ICE). The Cyclone, named after its inventor Harry Schoell, Chairman and CEO of Cyclone (Florida), is a heat regenerative external combustion engine creating mechanical energy by heating and cooling water in a closed-loop, piston-based engine system.
Looking like a modern day steam engine, the Cyclone could be an excellent replacer for the ICE. Our conventional piston engines have been doing service us for years in economies and societies. It is pumping water, propelling boats and ships, digging holes, generating electricity and driving cars. It can be used for many task, from mowing grass to delivering mail. In short, we can’t live without them.
The Cyclone can be built in any size and can apply for many purposes. It also runs on petroleum fuels and unfortunately that is a disadvantage. For it also contributes to the detoriating of a global environment. So a new type of engine would be developped that is more readily to alternative fuels. Fortunately external combustion is more leisurely. The flame or explosion burns intself out completely while still working to make the engine run and giving less pollution.
Some companies already have been applicated for a licensing agreement for production of the Cyclone. It can be applied for many purposes ; to burn waste oil or to put waste heat to work, to use for solar thermal applications or in a military robot (EATR project) And maybe it could be applied for cars. We have electric cars and plug-in hybrids driving around, so why not a car with an external combustion engine or micro steam turbine under the hood ?
With the Cyclone we are a step further in the technology to decrease the global emissions. Steam turbo generators and micro CHP are new potentials out there waiting to happen. There is also a micro steam turbine 1-15 kWh coming on the market with a lot of potential.