The Stirling Hybrid Vehicle (SHVTM) is an extended range electric vehicle. Instead of producing electricity at a power plant, electricity is generated on board the vehicle via a Stirling engine connected to a small generator. Additional electricity is created from a dynamic braking system and from the hot exhaust gases leaving the Stirling engine via a thermal electric generator. This electricity powers the vehicle just like a regular all electric vehicle, while excess electricity is stored in a bank of capacitors or batteries.
With the advent of hybrid vehicle technology, it is now possible to replace the internal combustion engine with the far superior Stirling cycle engine. Fuel efficiency is significantly increased, harmful emissions are dramatically cut, and the system can utilize either the global fueling infrastructure already in place or alternative bio-fuel sources
The Stirling Engine is an EXTERNAL COMBUSTION “closed cycle regenerative heat engine”. A HEAT EXCHANGER, which is heated by an EXTERNAL FLAME, heats an internal chamber of constant volume, sealed gas. This causes expansion of the gas in the chamber, which pushes the work piston and drives the flywheel or shaft. Then the gas is driven back to the cooler side of the chamber and the process repeats. THERMODYNAMICS AND HEAT EXCHANGERS: the basic gas laws of physics, whereby the temperature, pressure, and volume of the gas efficiently go through a process causes movement of a piston. Because of the EXTERNAL FLAME, the fuel can combust to completion.
Result: ELIMINATES NOXIOUS GASES
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