Solar Stirling Plant

Hands on review of the Solar Stirling Plant

I managed to get my hands on the best selling solar informational product in the ClickBank-Solar Stirling plant. Well if you plan to buy the product, do not buy it, you can get it for free. The author of solarstirlingplant ebook had copied the free plans from the true author and was making money out of it.

The author was forced to give away the product for free from 11th April. This review is purely based on what I liked about the content and even though the dollar bill may be tainted, the idea and execution of the solar stirling plant, the true author has come up is quite impressive.

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As you would be already knowing, the world today is desperately in need of a perpetual energy source to meet its ever increasing energy demands and solar energy is the ultimate choice. It’s energy talk everywhere.

One of the natural sources of energy which is never depleting, Sun provides the safe alternative energy sources which is dependable, environmental friendly and pollution free.  It is non-emitting and clean.  Hence designing the gadgets to efficiently harness solar energy is the need of the hour.

While the electrical form of energy is high grade energy, solar electricity generated using photovoltaic panels is of high cost whereas solar thermal energy systems are simple to construct but energy losses are high and the thermal energy obtained is not useful for all purposes.

Did you know that the 'world's largest solar power plant' in Mojave desert is build using the principle of solar stirling plant?

What is a stirling engine?

If you haven’t heard of a stirling engine previously, it is a heat engine that converts heat energy to mechanical energy by cyclic compression and expansion of a gas. Solar stirling engine is a device which converts solar thermal energy to mechanical energy which is converted to electrical energy.

It is a cost effective and promising gadget for solar electricity compared to the photovoltaic panels.

Types:  There are two types of stirling engines.  They are alpha Stirling and beta Stirling engines.  Alpha Stirling engine has two power pistons in separate cylinders, one hot and other cold. The beta type has a single power piston within the same cylinder on the same shaft. This is known as displacer piston.

How does it work?

Solar Stirling engine components: Solar parabolic collector and Stirling engine.

The parabolic collector will focus the sunlight to a point focus.  The directed sun rays heat the gas contained by a piston, causing its expansion in the piston of the Stirling plant.  The compression of the gas at the colder region of the Stirling engine completes the reversible cycle of mechanical power generation, generating electricity.

The stirling plant has it’s own advantages as well as disadvantages.

What is the book “Solar stirling plant” about?

The Solar Stirling Plant is a book with all essentials for designing the components of the solar stirling plant. The ebook presents the essential detail for designing the complete stirling plant setup. The book is an interesting read, at least that’s what I felt.

The engineering drawings of the components, will be able to guide the reader to design the system to scale. Support materials for stirling schematics and stirling assembly are helpful.

What will I get from the book?

The guide has four chapters and the first chapter presents a useful introduction to the Stirling Engine. The second chapter discusses the details of the components, the Stirling engine and the parabolic collector.

The third chapter elaborated on the construction process giving details of building the parabolic reflector dish and the designing the stirling engine. The simple and step by step procedure to construct the parabolic reflector with different materials for gaining experience and to precisely design the ultimate is a useful exercise.

The fourth chapter covers the assembly of the stirling motor generator elaborating on the required components and a flow chart of the energy conversion using a layout of the assembly.  The role of each component in the assembly is explained.

How much does it cost to build a solar stirling plant?

The actual fabrication cost of the Stirling plant will vary from place to place. However an estimate of USD 100/- for a small plant is projected by the author.

A small plant can reduce the electricity consumption of a family of four persons, from the grid by about 40%. In order to meet the whole electricity demand from the Solar Stirling Plant, the number of the Stirling plants can be increased as the plant is modular.

Pros

The image of the fabricated parabolic collector has been provided which could serve as the reference material during fabrication of the solar parabolic collector. The author has also provided the additional information on maintenance and future improvements with regard to the material choice and addition of more number of solar stirling plants to meet the increase in need of energy.

Cons

The image of the assembled Solar Stirling plant is not available. The engineering drawing of the components though will be useful, the individual image of the parabolic collector, stirling plant and the system as a whole will make the comparison informative during the fabrication.

Verdict

The book provides what it promises, it teaches you how to build a stirling plant and provides with the necessary information. You can read the book here for free.

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