The Cyclone Waste Heat Engine (WHE) is a self-starting engine that operates in a low pressure, low temperature range. This feature allows the engine to run on waste heat emanating from an external source, such as the exhaust from an internal (or external) combustion engine, or the direct burning of biomass (i.e., processing garbage into methane would not be required). The Waste Heat Engine is also designed to run efficiently on solar heat without the installation of costly photovoltaic panels. Commercial applications for the engine include boosting the power and efficiency of large gasoline or diesel-powered generators. When installed to the exhaust system of an engine that can generate over 1000 degrees of heat, the WHE could materially increase overall horsepower and reduce fuel consumption. Additionally, once installed, the Waste Heat Engine could serve as a stand-by generator should the primary system shut down. Another major commercial application includes solar-power generators for homes or businesses. By attaching inexpensive panels to a roof, enough heat can be produced to run the Waste Heat Engine. Cyclone believes that such a system could be installed at a price of approximately 20% of the cost of comparable photovoltaic panel systems, while also providing home owners with a back-up power supply. Excess electricity could be directed back to the power grid for electrical power credits.
Anonymous commented on August 09, 2009
I am thinking way too expensive
Anonymous commented on July 15, 2009
So basically this is the middle component of a three component system to generate electricity or provide locomotion. Upstream you have to have something generating heat (IC engine, nuclear reactor, biomass decay chamber, solar). This Waste Heat Motor then converts the heat generated from the upstream engine (heat source) to mechanical energy. To be useful, it has to be connected to a generator to product electricity or locomotive system to provide directed motion. Sounds to me like efficient heat collection is going to be the wave of the future to realize the full potential of this Waste Heat Motor. I would love to see biomass decay generate enough heat (not methane to be burned in yet another combustion process) to run this motor in any meaningful way. Maybe it could power my game boy. I wonder if we start using too much heat if we will thrust ourselves into an ice age and have large global conferences in the future about banning the use of Waste Heat Motors.
Anonymous commented on July 01, 2009
Where can these engines be purchased? Are they available. I'm in the seafood business. The cyclone engine sounds like a god energy saver if used in line with a string of refrigeration compressors.
Anonymous commented on June 20, 2009
I don't see what the big deal is. This looks like an overly complicated pneumatic motor.
Anonymous commented on March 11, 2009
Morris Ratliff Wrote "If this Waste Heat Engine really works, will it work on a parabolic cylinder solar collector? If it will, it seems to me that one or two of these 16 HP WHEs could supply the power needed to run a home." And there in lies the genius of this invention. Every home can be installed with WHE engines just like an air conditioning unit and in the tropical countries solar heat will be a great source of that WH. Every village, every location where there is human habitation can benefit from this invention. Most delevlpoing countries won't have to spend huge resources for electricity grids. They can develop on the cheap and unleashe the human potential this machine will engender.
Anonymous commented on March 02, 2009
If this Waste Heat Engine really works, will it work on a parabolic cylinder solar collector? If it will, it seems to me that one or two of these 16 HP WHEs could supply the power needed to run a home.
Anonymous commented on February 10, 2009
for me a thermic motor that run whitout have a possibility to use fully the elastic energy that is a energy of comprimed air, like a second part of a bryton cicle motor, the first just a compressor have not a future...
Anonymous commented on January 17, 2009
The Waste Heat Engine provides an economical means to produce mechanical energy from relatively low temperature heat sources. There are innumerable sources of heat that cannot be currently tapped because all available options are too costly, both in initial capital outlays and in ongoing operational costs. If a heat source is presently not used, then the question of whether or not the system is economical boils down to the value of the energy generated over the life of the system vs. the net costs of the system. So the bottom line comes down to how much does the WHE system cost to purchase and to maintain, and is the source of heat sufficient and at a sufficient temperature to make up the net costs incurred by the system? It all depends on the application.
Anonymous commented on January 16, 2009
It's a modified radial airplane octo engine running on the same priciples of the compressed air of an air car. We need real advancement.
Anonymous commented on January 14, 2009
I'm very skeptical of the claims made for this device. The heat-transfer and mechanical losses alone would likely render this un-economical. As for the idea of running A/C on vehicles, a better way might be direct conversion of waste heat via an ammonia-cycle A/C system. No premium mechanical power needed. As for augmenting engine output; direct conversion of waste heat to steam has been proposed already (BMW). I think people have a tendency to overestimate just how much power can be got from low-grade heat by-products. There's a reason that coal-fired boilers needed to be stoked continuously: It takes a lot of energy to drive a piece of rotating machinery.