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Stirling engine

n.
A heat engine driven by a permanently enclosed gas that expands and contracts as it is alternately heated and cooled by an external source of heat and a heat exchanger.

[After the Reverend Robert Stirling (1790-1878), Scottish clergyman and engineer who invented it.]

Stirling engine

n
(Mechanical Engineering) an external-combustion engine that uses air or an inert gas as the working fluid operating on a highly efficient thermodynamic cycle (the Stirling cycle)
[named after Robert Stirling (1790–1878), Scottish minister who invented it]
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It then drives a piston inside the sterling engine, which creates mechanical energy that is harnessed with an alternator to produce electricity, similar in some aspects to an automobile engine.
Improvements in sterling engine technologies can also be adapted.
Last year I got a Crookes radiometer and a few years before that I was given a little Sterling engine.
Sterling Engine 2 is the primary response rescue /pumper for the Town of Sterling.
He also noticed in a local newspaper read by one of the guards last month that a private company was going to import a Sterling engine - a heat engine operating through the cyclic compression and expansion of air and other gases.
In direct-heated Sterling engine systems, a Sterling engine, fixed at the focal point of a solar array using mirrors or lenses, is driven by the solar-heated expansion of air or other gases.
The city of Oslo in Norway made plans to turn municipal sewage into methane for a new city bus fleet, an aid group in Haiti called SOIL set up dry composting toilets to make humanure, and a sterling engine powered by cow dung was tested.
One of these, a 1968 GM "Stir-Lec," was a converted 1968 Opel Kadett with a small eight-horsepower Sterling engine as its battery charging unit.