Environmental Impacts

The environmental impacts of dish/engine systems are minimal. Stirling engines are known for being quiet, relativ e to internal combustion gasoline and diesel engines, and even the highly recuperated Brayton engines are reported t o be relatively quie t. The biggest source of noise from a dish/Stirling system is the cooling fan for the radiator. Ther e has not been enough deployment of dish/engine systems to realistically assess visual impact. The systems can be high profile, extending as much as 15 meters above the ground. However, aesthetically speaking they should not b e considered detrimental. Dish/engine systems resemble satellite dishes which are generally accepted by the public . Emissions from dish/engine systems are also quite low. Other than the potential for spilling small amounts of engin e oil or coolant or gearbox grease, these systems produce no effluent when operating with solar energy. Even whe n operating with a fossil fuel, the steady flow combustion systems used in both Stirling and Brayton systems result i n extremely low emission levels. This is, in fact, a requirement for the hybrid vehicle and cogeneration applications fo r which these engines are primarily being developed.

Solar Panel Basics

Solar Panel Basics

Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.

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