Modern steam power is here.
We met Harry Schoell – lead technical developer from Cyclone Technologies – as one of the many experts at the Steam Automobile Club of America Meeting. Cyclone Technologies appears to have the world’s first modern steam engine since many decades. We would like to point out some of the Cyclone accomplishments on steam engine power – which is important if we ever hope to clear up the great misconceptions about steam. The public has been thoroughly swindled in its conceptions regarding the true nature of steam power – such that Harry does not like to use the word ‘steam’ in describing his engine – because most people simply walk away when they hear the word ‘steam’. At the same time, you are probably using steam-turbine-generated electricity in your computer as you read this – if your electricity comes from a coal or nuke power plant.
In a nutshell – his steam engines are breakthrough. His Mark V engine has accomplished the following, so judge for yourself:
- Water-lubrication – need no engine oil for lubrication
- Higher efficiency than internal combustion gasoline engines
- High power-to-weight ratio. His race-car version of the engine puts out 180 horsepower and weighs a total of 300 lb, including the steam generator. This will be used in the Land Steam Record race next year – more on this topic in the next blog post.
- Completely clean burn
- Can run on any fuel – from solar concentrator, solid biomass, garbage, pellets, algae fuel, or high-grade distilled fuels like diesel or gasoline
Listen to our interview with Harry:
For us, this is absolutely exciting. Will and I were hovering constantly around his engine to absorb its innovation. We think that this engine may be the next 100 years of propulsion, just as the ICE has been for the last 100. At the very least, we’re convinced that steam power will yield significant liberatory potential with off-grid electricity generation (such as with our steam electric generator), and for localizing fuel and transportation systems (such as when solid fuel pellets are used as a high-quality fuel stock in cars). We’ll leave it at this, as our highly-biased perspective on this topic may lead the reader to confusion – so we invite you to look into this more yourself.
Just imagine if everyone in the suburbs mowed their lawns for fuel crop, as opposed to vanity. I guess mower-pelletizer combines will be added to our product line soon.
Here is another engine from Cyclone Technologies, the Waste Heat Engine. Here it is running on steam during the SACA meet, and water is the lubricant. This engine is designed for a maximum of 10 kW electrical generation if used as a generator: