Press Release (ePRNews.com) - MAIDENHEAD, England - Sep 26, 2016 - It is the bicentenary invention of the Stirling engine (27th of 1816). The Engine was invented and patented on this date 200 years ago by the Scottish clergyman Reverend Dr Robert Stirling. At the time it’s main engine rival was the steam engine. Although comparatively the Stirling produced less power for the same sized engine, it had two distinct advantages: it did not require water and was noticeably quieter.
Stirling engines convert heat into useful mechanical motion using the expansion and contraction of air or gases within the engine and can run on virtually any heat source.
In the second half of the 1800s the Stirling engine was common place on large farms and large country houses pumping water from a steam or lake to the main farm or house. Not requiring water to begin, it sold itself into this application. Furthermore anyone that could light a fire could operate them; the same could not be said for steam engines.
As the century 1900 past the Stirling engine popularity waned due to electrification, public water supplies and increasing use of combustion engines. Between the late 1930s and 1950s Philips did massive amounts of research to develop small portable Stirling engine generators. Most modern Stirling engines owe some of the ancestry to the work at Philips.
Nowadays Stirling engines are enjoying quiet revival, providing power on some types of submarines, remote CHP power generators, CHP boilers, medical fridges, cooling for super conductors on mobile phone masts, large scale solar power farms, small models and toys. Dean Kamen the inventor of the Segway has even been run trials with them as a range extender in electric cars.
Stirling engines have proved highly successful in some particular niche markets such as cryogenics; where the Stirling engine is powered by an electric motor with the engine becoming a heat-pump. They also seem to have an unofficial record for the words longest running serviced engine at around 30 years no stop running. 200 year on the future for Stirling engines is brighter than ever.
The highlight of the bicentenary celebrations will be held at the Hereford waterworks museum with a Stirling engine society rally on 9 October 2016
For further information about Stirling engine in general
If you want more information about Stirling engines or the bicentenary celebrations please contact Glenn Turner, managing director at Kontax Engineering Ltd a toy Stirling engine manufacturer in Maidenhead, England. Contact details below.
Some information about us – Kontax Engineering Ltd
Kontax Engineering Ltd was a conventional contract engineering firm until around 2002, at which point the firm started designing and manufacturing low and high temperature Stirling engines. All our designs, manufacturing and assembly is carried out at our Maidenhead workshop in the beautiful Thames Valley in southeast England. We currently have 7 employees and have invested heavily since 2012 to expand the business. We now have 4 CNC lathes and 3 CNC milling machines.
Our products are very educational and are sold to schools, colleges and Universities worldwide. We sell directly worldwide via our website (www.stirlingengine.co.uk) and also have some resellers. We pride ourselves on high quality engineering and as a result many of our customers buy our engines for their mechanical beauty. We also manufacturer a practical Stirling engine is one which sits on top of a wood burning stove. The heat from the stove runs the engine which rotates a fan blade on the front of the engine; this blows hot air from the stove around the room.
In the last year we have ran TWO successful kickstarter campaigns which can be found here.
Kontax Engineering Ltd