July 2014

Stirling engine could be missing link in green energy

July 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Forbes published an article about how a Sterling engine generator, created by the Segway inventor Dean Kamen, could be filling the gaps that solar leaves when you power your house with solar panels. In the basement of the Princeton, N.J. home of David Crane, CEO of electricity giant NRG Energy, sits a backup generator. Called the Beacon 10, it was designed by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway scooter. The device runs on natural gas fed by Crane’s residential gas line. … The plan, says Crane, is for Kamen to work out the kinks (Crane’s setup is just the second one out of the lab) over the next 18 months and get the costs down to about $10,000 per machine–the point at which homeowners who suffered a weeks-long blackout from Hurricane Sandy or Katrina or Ike might be interested. “In two years I would expect high-end home builders to be installing them,” says Kamen. Full Article here.