Patent Number: 8,869,529

Title: Stirling engine systems, apparatus and methods

Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus relating to the use of Stirling engine technology to convert heat, such as from solar radiation, to mechanical work or electricity. Apparatus, systems, components, and methods relating to energy converting apparatus are described herein. In one aspect, the invention relates to the field alignment of panels and the assembly of a concentrator. In another aspect, a passive balancer is used in combination with a ring frame and other moving masses to reduce engine forces and vibration on the structure of the energy converting apparatus while maintaining properly constrained alignment of various suspended masses. In yet another aspect, the invention relates to various over-insolation control and management strategy to prevent overheating of the energy converting apparatus or components and subsystems thereof.

Inventors: Fraser; Paul (Richland, WA), Smith; Terry (Kennewick, WA), Luongo; Rocco (Richland, WA), Thurgood; Justin (Pasco, WA), Wetherbee; Trent (Richland, WA), Milleret; Raphael (Pasco, WA), Peterson; Allen (Kennewick, WA), Augenblick; John Edward (Richland, WA), McCallum; Scott (Pasco, WA), Williford; Ian (Richland, WA), Erbeznik; Ray (Kennewick, WA), Gyori; Ben (West Richland, WA), Fox; Patrick (Richland, WA), McVicker; Harry (Kennewick, WA), Dale; Tina (Kennewick, WA)

Assignee: Qnergy Inc

International Classification: F03G 6/00 (20060101); F24J 2/10 (20060101); F24J 2/00 (20140101); F02G 1/04 (20060101); F01B 29/10 (20060101); F03G 7/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-28 0:00:00