Stirling engine

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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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[17] deliver and investigate the important efforts taken for the development of the Stirling cycle engine and techniques used for engine analysis.
Sigma Elektroteknisk AS of Norway has hired Ricardo, Inc., the North American subsidiary of U.K.-based Ricardo plc, to evaluate and evolve the design for Sigma's Stirling cycle engine. The single-cylinder engine will power Sigma's household-size Micro Combined Heat and Power (MCHP) units.
Nobody seemed interested in alternatives to traditional compressor systems except an Israeli team from IST Engineering Ltd., which designed and built a household refrigerator using a Stirling cycle engine and found its performance "comparable with a commercial Rankine cycle refrigerator." S.C.