Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. recently received a work order from Phoenix Power Group LLC (PPG) to develop a prototype electric generator system that will be powered by Cyclone’s heat-regenerative, external combustion engine running on waste oil.
The initial PPG waste energy recovery systems are expected to deliver approximately 50kW of electricity back to the power grid from the clean combustion of used oil. PPG is a current licensee of Cyclone, holding exclusive rights for generators running on waste oil.
“We believe that as the developer of the engines, Cyclone has unique capabilities to seamlessly design our total power generator systems,” stated Thomas V. Thillen, President of PPG. “Together with Cyclone, our goal is to bring these environmentally beneficial products to businesses like oil change shops and fleet service providers later this year, and to do so in a manner that will provide our customers with a highly desirable return on their investment.”
Waste motor oil is a major source of contamination of waterways and can result in the toxic pollution of drinking water sources. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, waste oil from one oil change can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water, equivalent to a year’s supply for 50 people. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the efficient recycling of wasted energy such as used oil over the next 20 years can help reduce dependence on petroleum imports, spark billions of dollars in private investments, and create up to one million jobs in the United States.
PPG is affiliated with Atlantic Systems Group of Harrisonburg, Virginia, which is in the business of designing and building automotive oil change and service facilities throughout the United States, along with the manufacturing of steel tanks for the lube industry. PPG also has an exclusive license with Mr. Terry Bassett, who holds two U.S. patents, with international patents pending, for the total system package of generating electric power from waste oil using an external combustion engine.
Cyclone Power Technologies’ award-winning Cyclone Engine is an eco-friendly external combustion engine with the power and versatility to run everything from portable electric generators and garden equipment to cars, trucks and locomotives. Invented by company founder and CEO Harry Schoell, the patented Cyclone Engine is basically a modern day steam engine designed to achieve high thermal efficiencies through a compact heat-regenerative process, and to run on virtually any fuel – including bio-diesels, syngas or solar – while emitting fewer greenhouse gases and irritating pollutants into the air. Currently in its late stages of development, the Cyclone Engine was recognized by Popular Science Magazine as the Invention of the Year for 2008, and was presented with the Society of Automotive Engineers’ AEI Tech Award in 2006 and 2008.