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this is just my burning question for anyone who has mad skills in engineering. how do I build a small stirling engine generator for home use to run off a non-combustion heat source ie solar panels?

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David976 years ago
I saw this instructable once. You might want to upsize it and use somthing like a washing machine engine for a generator. INSTRUCTABLES
ASCAS6 years ago
I could. But the only problem is that where can i find the right piston and cylinder.
barneytomb7 years ago
If you can get a Sterling engine to go fast enough any car alternator can generate the electricity.  Just use a DC to AC Inverter to create AC Power.  That's what they do for Solar Panels and with Generation plants on Cruising Boats.
djsc (author) 8 years ago
like classic_traveller_diehard I am also thinking of a homemade engine with an appreciable power output. I wondered about converting something like a honda generator but it's maybe not practical?
forgesmith djsc8 years ago
Well, back in that webring there was a converted horizontal shaft gasoline motor, like you'd find in a generator. You can check that out, see what RPMs you could expect with how much heat, that'll indicate if it can drive the generator head fast enough. Then comes HP, you can drive generator heads with less HP than indicated and just not get the full maximum output, provided there's at least enough to turn it over and at a decent speed.
Steamdnt8 years ago
Solar panels not easily but you can use a frensel lens page magnifyer
ditto i want to see a Stirling engine plan that is more than just a toy
You're wish is granted.
what i meant was one i could make with out a machine shop
Then go check out the webring. I can't remember which of the sites offhand, I was browsing several, but there were plans there meant to be done without fancy equipment using local materials, for third-world applications. You should find something in that 'ring that can do work without needing machining.
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