November 10 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Environment Year: 2012 Rating: 3 Hot
Dean Kamen has jolted the world yet again with his latest contraption — A Stirling engine hybrid car.
The Stirling engine, for those in the dark, is an engine which derives its power from an external heat source. The amazing thing about it is that the heat source can be just about anything, even your own body. Kamen’s car, dubbed “REVOLT,” can run on any conventional fuel, from biodiesel to natural gas.
Despite the practicality of such an engine, development of the Stirling engine in the world has been trying at best. Weird to think that an engine, which runs on heat and was invented in 1816, could fall to the side all these years. But we’re starting to see the Stirling engine pop up more and more these days, especially in large solar arrays.
So when are we going to see this in production?
“Kamen hopes his car could be in production within two years. He doesn’t know how much it would cost, but the goal is to make it affordable for average consumers.” – Union Leader
Yet after the disappointing Segway debut, can we expect much from this guy?
I hope so. Although the Segway was a resounding defeat, Kamen himself has recently unveiled two different technologies that could revolutionize the world. There’s the water purifier which shocked Colbert Report viewers by filtering any liquid into pure water. Last but not least is Kamen’s crazy Luke arm which uses brain impulses to allows amputees to move a robotic arm attached to their body.
Kamen, stop screwing with us, give us your goodies.
via Union Leader