This dissertation discusses the design and development of a distributed solar-thermal-electric power generation system that combines solar-thermal technology with a moderate-temperature Stirling engine to generate electricity. The conceived system incorporates low-cost materials and utilizes simple manufacturing processes. This technology is expected to achieve manufacturing cost of less than $1/W. Since solar-thermal technology is mature, the analysis, design, and experimental assessment of moderate-temperature Stirling engines is the main focus of this thesis.Expansion space . .^^_eri (c) Figure 2.3: Three common mechanical configurations of Stirling engines: (a) Alpha, (b) Beta, and (c) Gamma. Images courtesy of Koichi Hirata. The mechanical configurations of Stirling engines are generallyanbsp;...
|Title||:||Stirling Engines for Low-temperature Solar-thermal-electric Power Generation|
|Author||:||Artin Der Minassians|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|