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Stirling based micro co-generation system for single households
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ECN 1-4-2000
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ECN-RX--00-004 Article (scientific)
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Published in: Paper presented at the European Stirling Forum 2000, Osnabrück, Germany, 22-24 February, 2000 (), , , Vol., p.-.

This paper describes the progress made in the ENATEC development programfor a free piston Stirling engine based micro co-generation system that serves the supply of up to 1 kWe and up to 24 kW heat for domestic heating and/or for hot tap water production for single households at overall system efficiencies of 96%. Experiments show that the free piston Stirling engines from Stirling Technology Company run very reliably and controllably, and that the efficiency targets for the 1 kWe micro co-generation system are feasible. A ceramic foam burner with good heat transfer characteristics and low NOx emissions was developed. A demonstration micro co-generation unit was built and successfully presented. A 1 kWe free piston Stirling engine for the European market was developed. High efficiencies at full load and at part load, low emissions, low noise, and minimum maintenance make the Stirling engine based micro co-generation system an attractive candidate for the next generation of domestic boilers in Europe. 5 refs.

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