This research paper comes from Mike He and Seth Sandersy of the University of California – Berkeley. It reports on their efforts to design a Stirling engine for distributed solar thermal applications. The design of the engine proposed has a solar thermal system incorporates thermal energy storage as a buffer between input solar energy and output generation. The researchers do this to provide a stable level of generation that is controllable and schedulable. Also, the Stirling engine with fuel source allows the system to use alternative fuels in a way that allows the system to operate in the absence of solar insolation.
Authors: Mike He and Seth Sandersy
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