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    High-Power Solid-State Heat Engine Design

    The most abundant energy source on Earth is low-temperature differential. Heat flowing from one reservoir, slightly hotter than the cold reservoir. There have been many solid-state heat engines designed to be put in that heat flow and produce mechanical work, but none successful in being commercially available to the public. I want to change that.

    Here is my idea of the solid-state heat engine published under TAPR Open Hardware license:



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    Excellent explaination of how it will work and how it will go together. Any timetable on when you will have a working model?

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    Hopefully in a year. May 2020.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TilenThaler View Post
    Hopefully in a year. May 2020.
    I would expect that you could put together a rough proof of concept faster than that just to see if it is is worth proceeding. Maybe have a single wire and take some data. The key is to "fail fast" so you can correct your direction. Then try again.

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    Thanks for the idea. I did some measurements already, perhaps I should really do some proof of concept. I'll do that, you're right. I have one wire, I could use that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TilenThaler View Post
    Thanks for the idea. I did some measurements already, perhaps I should really do some proof of concept. I'll do that, you're right. I have one wire, I could use that.
    Tilen,

    All of my crude proofs of concept teach me things. I have the amazing ability to violate all laws of physics when simulating machines in my head. Only by building a model am I brought back to reality.

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    Nice presentation. Not as complex as what is being proposed here but working on the same principle is the rubber band heat engine for which there are many examples on the Internet. One difference with rubber is that expands with cold and contracts with heat.

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    What I like about your design is it looks like it will work quite well with low grade heat (ie not hot enough to make dry steam). There are many sources of industrial low grade heat throughout the world that could be used to produce power. Looking forward to seeing a prototype. Have you gotten the patent applications in?

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    Some further thoughts: The time required for the heat transfer between the mediums is likely to be the limiting factor, so this will likely have to be a slow rotating machine. Not a deal breaker as it can be geared, pulleys, to a higher speed for a generator, or if large enough use a many pole generator to run at a low RPM. And isn't power related to heat transfer surface area not volume? still means lots of long wires is what will generate the most power.

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