Cyclone Power Technologies, developer of the external combustion Cyclone Engine, announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office has allowed the company a patent on its scalable waste energy recycling engine known as the WHE (Waste Heat Engine).
It is designed to run on waste heat from the exhaust of small industrial furnaces, diesel engines and gas turbines, Cyclone’s WHE has also been adapted for other recovered energy applications. One such extended use is the Phoenix 10, an environmentally-friendly electric power generator that runs on used motor oil. Earlier this year Cyclone announced that Topline Energy Systems, an affiliated company of global automotive parts manufacturer Topline Automotive Engineering, signed-on to help commercialize and manufacture the WHE for the Phoenix 10 and other products.
The Cyclone Engine needs:
* No catalytic converter or muffler
* No oil pump or motor oil
* No transmission or transmission fluid
Overall, the Cyclone Engine has fewer parts to manufacture, assemble and, ultimately, break-down or wear-out. Its components are made of inexpensive, non-exotic materials. As a result, we expect the cost of manufacturing and maintaining the Cyclone Engine will be less expensive than conventional gasoline or diesel engines of comparable power output.
Phoenix-10 Waste Oil Electrical Generator, designed to produce 10 kw of power
Size (with cover): 23″wide x 28″deep x 56″tall
Weight: Approximately 400 lbs
Size (with cover): 36″wide x 36″deep x 48″tall
Weight: 500 lbs
Power Source: Mark V external combustion engine by Cyclone Power Technologies
Fuel Consumption: Approximately 3.5gal/hr at full output
Electrical Output: Up to 60kW
Sound Emission: Similar to a residential air conditioner
Exhaust Temperature: Approximately 600°F (at engine top)
Emission Data: NOx and CO2 particulates essential eliminated
The Phoenix-40 is the next generation of technology that is capable of utilizing waste oil products, such as used motor/equipment oil, to produce electricity for transfer to the power grid. Utilizing the award-wining, clean burning Cyclone Mark V External Combustion Engine, preliminary designs rate the P-40 generator system as producing upwards of 60kW of electrical power.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indicates that waste oil from one oil change can contaminate 1 million gallons of fresh water. The US produces 1.4 billion gallons of waste oil on an annual basis.
The exhaust from the Waste Heat generators are multiples cleaner than typical gas or diesel engines. The reason is simple.. gensets burn the fuel more thoroughly since it stays in the combustion chamber far longer than internal combustion engines. Internal combustion engines are powered by fuel exploding in the cylinders.
Mass production for the Phoenix-10 to commence in the second quarter of 2011. The Phoenix-40 beta testing and pilot program is projected to commence toward the end of 2011.
Based on U.S. Department of Energy statistics, Cyclone estimates that there are well over $250 million of potential small-scale waste heat recovery installations in the United States alone that would benefit from the patented WHE system. Other uses include increasing operating efficiencies of long-haul trucks, busses and trains. Phoenix Power Group, manufacturer of the Phoenix 10, has estimated over $30 million in sales for that clean-tech product following its launch, currently slated for later this year.
The following are a few of the many possible heat sources for the Cyclone WHE systems:
• Glass melting furnace
• Cement kiln
• Fume incinerator
• Aluminum reverberatory furnace
• Industrial boiler
• Commercial food processing ovens
• Steel electric arc furnace
• Turbine or reciprocating engine exhaust
One of the primary reasons for the vast amount of unused waste heat is that the economies of scale required to utilize current waste to power technologies – typically massive steam or Organic Rankine cycle (ORC) turbines – are too large for many heat producing sources. Thus, waste heat recovery is both technologically and economically impractical. Cyclone’s WHE systems are meant to address these concerns of system scaling, allowing a major, underserved market of industrial heat producers to put to work their wasted heat.
The market which Cyclone’s WHE systems could serve, and the impact that such installations could have, are enormous. For instance:
Average WHE installation size: 250kW Average energy savings per year: 1.35 Million kWh (1) Average CO2 avoided per year: 794 metric tons Potential number of industrial installation (US): 10,000 (2) Potential total energy savings per year: 13.5 billion kWh Potential total CO2 avoided per year: 7.94 Million metric tons
(1) Assuming full load, 18 hrs/day, 300 days/yr.
(2) These projected figures are based upon the assumptions from the DOE Energy Information Administration that there are approximately 50,000 industrial heat sources that produce a minimum of 500ºF of waste heat; as well as other figures taken from the DEO web site. Any projections by the company are for demonstration purposes only, and actual operating results may vary.
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