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In-line stirling energy system

United States Patent

March 22, 2011
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A high efficiency generator is provided using a Stirling engine to amplify an acoustic wave by heating the gas in the engine in a forward mode. The engine is coupled to an alternator to convert heat input to the engine into electricity. A plurality of the engines and respective alternators can be coupled to operate in a timed sequence to produce multi-phase electricity without the need for conversion. The engine system may be operated in a reverse mode as a refrigerator/heat pump.
Backhaus; Scott N. (Espanola, NM), Keolian; Robert (State College, PA)
Los Alamos National Security, LLC (Los Alamos, NM)
11/ 877,816
October 24, 2007
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under contract number DE-AC52-06NA25396 and cooperative agreement DE-FC26-04NT42113 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, and grants N00014-03-1-0652 and N00014-07-1-0492 awarded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research. The government has certain rights in the invention.