Waste Heat Engine Debuts This Week
Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. will introduce its production version Waste Heat Engine at the SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress and Exhibition, commencing Tuesday (Oct. 7).
Cyclone's Waste Heat Engine (WHE, pronounced "we") is a steam-driven engine capable of producing up to 10kW of electricity from the exhaust of commercial trucks and recreational vehicles, according to a news release. This auxiliary power can charge batteries, run small-scale refrigerating units and support in-cab comfort appliances while the prime mover engine is running. When the primary engine is off, the WHE can run on a multitude of fuels, including diesel from the main fuel tank, or CNG, propane or even clean coal powder from a secondary tank.
"We believe that our solution is more economical and environmentally friendly than other auxiliary power units on the market," stated Harry Schoell, CEO of Cyclone and inventor of the WHE.
A substantial portion of the energy produced by an internal combustion engine is lost through exhaust heat. The WHE was developed to harness that wasted resource and transform it to usable energy. This reduces fuel consumption and, consequently, greenhouse gas emissions. When running on fossil or bio fuels, the WHE operates at low pressures and temperatures, which virtually eliminates the production of nitrogen oxide and harmful particulate matters.
Engine idling is a major problem in the commercial trucking industry. A typical long-haul truck idles for an estimated 1,800 to 2,400 hours per year when parked overnight at truck stops and other rest areas. In fact, U.S. Department of Transportation regulations require 10 hours of rest for every 11 hours of driving. Commercial trucks alone consume an estimated 1 billion gallons of diesel fuel annually during overnight idling, costing well over $4 billion and emitting millions of pounds of dangerous greenhouse gases into the air.
Cyclone will showcase the WHE as attached to a commercial truck engine's exhaust system and three additional fuel tanks: one for diesel/gasoline, one for CNG, and the last for clean coal powder. The company expects this engine to be ready for production by mid 2009.
The SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress and Exhibition is being held through Oct. 9 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, in Rosemont, Ill.