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Harnessing the Sun's energy is very easy with ProSolarTec's Kinley Dual Mirror System and Prometheus Engineers are finding just as easy methods of converting that energy into different forms. By placing different types of collectors in the focus the Team has proven the that the Prometheus technology can be used for many applications. One of those applications is steam generation.

By focusing the incredible heat production of the Prometheus technology on custom built heat exchangers, the Prometheus Team has succeeded in converting a constant flow of water into steam and continues to experiment with steam generation methods.

Heat Exchangers

The Team has experimented with a number of different heat exchangers finding ways to improve the method of producing steam. Solid block, and wound coil exchangers have been utilized  and the Prometheus Team has developed a number of different methods for manufacturing these heat exchangers out of a number of different materials.

One issue that has been plaguing steam experiments is the fact that the collector can become too hot. This has happened a few times which has caused a meltdown of the heat exchanger. It was proven that the easiest solution was to ensure a steady water flow and to increase the flow rate as the temperature rises.

Steam Engine

Running Steam EngineOn the 2nd of August 2009 a model steam engine was connected to the steam system on the Beta Gamma Prototype of the Kinley Dual Mirror System. Not long after the mirrors were turned towards the Sun the steam engine began to run at very high RPM. Although no power rating was determined in this experiment it shows that the Prometheus technology is very capable of converting Sunlight to mechanical energy.

More experiments are planed to prove the efficiency and power rating of the different size prototypes.

Future Experiments

As the Prometheus team continues to make improvements to the different prototypes, they anticipate considerable increases in steam production capabilities. More experiments are planed to find different methods of generation steam other mechanical devices such as a steam turbine are planed to be tested.

Future Applications

  • Steam engines and Steam turbines
  • Energy storage
  • Electricity generation
  • Cogeneration
  • Sterilization

 

Prometheus News

Gamma II Vaporizes Steel

The LIFE Prometheus team inadvertently vaporized steel using the Gamma II prototype on the 10th of February 2010.  The test, which had initially been intended to be the first steel pour using Prometheus solar technology, quickly became the first vaporization of steel when the steel sample was left in the light focus for a couple extra minutes.  In the time between determining that the sample was ready to pour and preparing an appropriate sand bed for pouring, the steel completely vaporized.  All that was left when the contents of the crucible were dumped out was some slag, the steel had vaporized into thin air.

To read more on metal melting and the temperatures achieved click here.

 
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