Benefits ofPatented SunpowerTechnology Over Kinematic or OtherFree-Piston Designs
Sunpower free-piston Stirling engines are based onpatented design features which have evolved into today
s technology and an array of available prototypes.Sunpower designs are highly differentiated from conventionalkinematic Stirling engines.Also,because Sunpower engines operateon gas bearings,use compact linear alternators and have asimple mechanical configuration,they offer significantbenefits over other free-piston designs.By comparison,kinematic Stirling engines are complicatedand expensive to build,and require a lubricant,seals andmechanical bearings which combine to restrict performanceand limit life.Also,power output is difficult to change in thekinematic design.Sunpower
s unique combination of gas bearings,complianceand compact linear alternator delivers the highest efficiency,lowest mass free-piston Stirling engines available.Sunpower free-piston Stirling engine technology is protectedby more than 30 United States patents and 80 internationalpatents.
Product Development Support
s free-piston Stirling engine manufacturingorganization is supported by a vibrant R&D group whowork closely with customers to develop new solutions or engineer Sunpowers engines into new products.Sunpower also maintains a healthy intellectual property/licensing businesswhich can offer customers unique and exclusive positions to our intellectual property.Sunpower
s free-piston technology is being applied in areassuch as cryocoolers and linear compressors,power generationand household refrigeration.Some applications include theworld
s most efficient refrigerator on sale internationally;naturalgas-fueled household cogeneration systems scheduled toenter the market in 2007;and nuclear space power systems.The commercialization of innovative new technologiesenabling unique products requires partnerships and collabora- tion.For any new product,Sunpower
s engineering team isavailable to work directly with partners at all stages,fromproof-of-concept demonstration to design for manufacturer and manufacturing start-up.
EE-3542We2.732%Electric HeaterAir/Water CoolingNo1.4 kg52 x 157EE-35-H42We2.732%Propane/JP-8Air/Water CoolingYes0.6 kg50 x 142BurnerEE-8095We3.036%Electric Heater/Air/Water CoolingNo3.7 kg69 x 193Propane BurnerEE-80-H(*)95We3.036%TBDAir/Water CoolingYes1.0 kg65 x 186EG-10001000We2.732%Propane BurnerWater CoolingNo35 kg270 x 435
Source:SY Kim.,James Huth,James G.Wood;Performance Characterization of Sunpower Free-Piston Stirling Engines,Sunpower Inc.(*) Projected Values.
Sunpower Free-Piston Stirling Engine Prototype Availability
Heat SourceHeat RejectionDimensions,Diameter x Length
in mm (nominal)
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