533 Applications

Figure 5.13 shows a complete MT generator system. The MT engine can be seen located above the PECS module. Both components of the system are similar in terms of size and weight, and both components are equally important to the mission of generating clean, reliable power. The PECS in a modern DG system allows it to operate in a variety of modes, providing solutions for applications that otherwise would not be practical for small heat and power generation systems. A few example applications are described below.


Microturbine generator system, showing the engine (on top), and the power electronics and controls (below). (Courtesy of Capstone Turbine Corporation, with permission.)

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

The solar Stirling engine is progressively becoming a viable alternative to solar panels for its higher efficiency. Stirling engines might be the best way to harvest the power provided by the sun. This is an easy-to-understand explanation of how Stirling engines work, the different types, and why they are more efficient than steam engines.

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