When you think about engines, probably you first think of cars and other vehicles. However, there are several uses of engines. Unless you have an interest in alternative power and heat sources, it is not particularly known to the public. Reason being is this type of engine has some impracticalities that make it unsuitable for common use. Although there are many advantages to using these engines, no one has come up with a way to make them more cost effective. There are also issues with the size power, torque and gas used in its operation. Many companies however continue to research and innovate current technologies to make them more efficient. Listed below are 10 ways in which the stirling engine has been applied, both in the past and the present
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10 – Heat Source
Stirling engines used as a heat source in private residences at the end of the 19th century.
09 – Toys
At the end of the 20th century, it was produced for toys and small appliances like fans and sewing machines.
08 – Military Submarines
Stirling engines powers the quietest military submarines in the world.
07 – Mine Detection
Some military ships use this technology for mine detection or acoustic monitoring.
06 – Heating and Cooling
A stirling engine can function in reverse as a heat pump for heating and cooling.
05 – Locomotives, Boats, Car Models
To power small scale locomotives, boats, and car models, these engines are the best.
04 – Refrigeration
Stirling engines are widely being used for portable refrigeration.
03 – Scientific Research Stations
Stirling engines powers remote scientific research stations in Antarctica, to send back data to scientists in warmer locations.
02 – Solar Applications
Stirling engines can be used in solar applications to replace fuel with electricity.
01 – Heat Pump
With the help of heated air in cylinders, stirling engines can be used as a heat source.