Cyclone Power Technologies announced that it has successfully run its revolutionary external combustion Cyclone Engine on fuels derived from pure algae.
The company reported that algae fuel burned cleanly and with greater thermal efficiency than previous tests on Ethanol and other alcohol-based fuels. Additionally, the bio-fuels tested were 100% pure algae with no diesel additives, which means that the refining process required for use in the Cyclone Engine would be less expensive and less time intensive than the process required for use in today’s diesel engines.
Over the last few months, the company has received great interest from algae fuel producers for use of the award-winning Cyclone Engine as a power generator. The Cyclone is an eco-friendly engine capable of running on virtually any fuel or fuel combination without modification of its combustion chamber or fuel injector, and is scalable to practically any size or power output from small garden equipment to automobiles, boats and large industrial generators.
“We were very pleased with the performance of the algae fuels,” stated Cyclone’s CEO, Harry Schoell. “Algae has outstanding potential as a legitimate bio-fuel of the future, especially in conjunction with the Cyclone Engine. It generates substantial BTUs and can be grown almost anywhere. Just as important, algae fuel is not competitive with food supplies.”
Cyclone holds the U.S. patent, international patent applications, and exclusive commercial rights to the Cyclone Engine, an environmentally-friendly and highly-efficient external combustion, heat-regenerative engine. Developed by the company’s President and CEO, Harry Schoell, the Cyclone Engine regenerates (or recycles) its heat, which allows it to run cleaner, cooler and more efficiently than traditional internal combustion engines. The Cyclone Engine is capable of running on any liquid or gaseous fuel, including ethanol, bio-diesel and propane, and is lubricated with de-ionized water instead of motor oil. By eliminating many subsystems like oil pumps, radiators, catalytic converters and fuel injectors, Cyclone Engines are expected to cost less to manufacture, operate and maintain; however Cyclone Engines are highly scalable and sufficiently powerful for applications ranging from lawn equipment and small home generators to cars, trucks, buses ships and locomotives. The Broward County Environmental Protection Department recently named Cyclone Power Technologies as the “Environmental Business of the Year,” and Popular Science magazine recently named the Cyclone Engine “2008 Invention of the Year.”