Stirling Engine Powered By Solar Collector

Project Overview

This project aims to design and fabricate Stirling engine using solar energy as a heating source. The Stirling engine works on the principle of a closed volume system in which air produces work through cyclic expansion and compression due to large temperature difference between the cold and the hot chambers. The heat energy is transformed into mechanical work when the hot air expands to moves the piston while the cold air compresses to release the piston to its original location. The crank shaft mechanism allows for translating the linear motion of the piston into rotary motion taking place in the flywheel. The objective is to implement the utilization of renewable energy to provide the heating source for the engine by designing a concentrated solar collector to produce a very high temperature similar to that of a small gas burner. Furthermore, this project will demonstrate the Stirling engine capacity to produce power that is echo friendly and very practical for many applications.

Project Objectives

The specific objectives of this project are:
  1. To produce power with a high efficiency relative to similar alpha engines.
  2. To further decrease our dependence on fossil fuels.
  3. To showcase the practicality of using Stirling engine to power various applications.
  4. To use a concentrated solar collector as a heating sources.
  5. To showcase the environmental and financial benefits of using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.