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Performance for 2005 is largely based on one of the solarizable engines being commercialized for a non-sola r application (e.g., GM's introduction of the STM 4-120 Stirling engine for use in hybrid vehicles). Use of a production-level engine will have a significant impact on engine cost as well as overall system cost. This milestone will hel p trigger a fledgling dish/engine industry. A production rate of 2,000 modules per year is assumed. Achieving a hig h production rate is key to reducing component costs, especially for the solar concentrator.

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

The solar Stirling engine is progressively becoming a viable alternative to solar panels for its higher efficiency. Stirling engines might be the best way to harvest the power provided by the sun. This is an easy-to-understand explanation of how Stirling engines work, the different types, and why they are more efficient than steam engines.

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