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Stirling pumping unit utilising renewable energy

Photovoltaic (PV) powered systems are often used in water pumping applications, particularly in developing countries. This project has led to the development of an alternative technology for this application. The low temperature Stirling engine pumping system developed and tested during this project represents a significant step forward for this fledgling technology which offers good potential for use in solar water pumping applications.

Low temperature Stirling engines are a new technology, but demonstrate significant potential for solar water pumping applications, particularly in developing countries. This project aimed to improve the construction of such engines by developing a 100 W power class, low temperature Stirling pumping system. A comprehensive set of performance tests were then to be conducted both in the laboratory and in the field to demonstrate its potential. Finally the competitiveness of such a system against a photovoltaic one was to be analysed.

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Record Number: 22393 / Last updated on: 1999-05-12
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Collaboration sought: Joint venture agreement, Marketing agreement, Financial support, Manufacturing agreement, Further research or development support, Information exchange/Training, Licence agreement
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