EATR – This was a DARPA (U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) project and Cyclone’s first contract.
The project was for the development of a Cyclone Engine to power a generator that would deliver 1kw of electrical output to drive an autonomous vehicle though the woods powered by the wood collected. This was a very successful venture by Cyclone; it put out 2kw and the system was delivered as per contract. The second half of the project was not finished by the other contractor to build the wood collection arm. The knowledge gained by this project is enormous and facilitated the integration for a pellet/wood fueled furnace that would be a deliverable for Cyclone.
PHOENIX POWER SYSTEMS – This was a contract originally for a heat exchanger to be installed in an existing used oil furnace exhaust using the heated water to run a Cyclone engine which in turn runs a generator to produce electricity.
Phoenix is now part of the spinoff of the Waste Heat Engine subsidiary of Cyclone and is being completed through that company. Many systems were tested before the spin off including: installing a power grid synchronization at Cyclone to put the electricity back to the grid from this WHE system, installing a new furnace that Phoenix designed to do nothing but power the Cyclone Engine to produce electricity and running used motor oil directly in the Cyclone combustion chamber. Many hours were logged on all of these systems to obtain the information needed to develop the final engine.
BENT GLASS FACILITY TEST – A Cyclone Engine and heat exchanger in real world environmental test atmosphere for data gathering.
This Waste Heat Engine (WHE) and Heat exchanger were designed for this in field data gathering for the real world manufacturing environment. Manufacturing exhaust heat was used from the Bent Glass processes to run the Cyclone Engine to produce power for a generator. This data was further expanded and used at the Cyclone facility to further advance the use of Cyclone engines in the waste to power industry.
REVGINE – A contract was to deliver drawings to build a Cyclone engine for lawn mower application. Revgine was a Construction company subsidiary. The contract was completed by Cyclone with the successful delivery of the drawings and knowhow of the Cyclone technology. Revgine partially built parts and assembly but got caught in the construction decline. The parts and partial assembled engine and drawings were returned to Cyclone. Cyclone received the full payment of the contract and the related technology is now available for a new customer integrator.
RENOVALIA SOLAR – A contract to replace the 3kw Sterling Engines in their solar dishes. A Cyclone Engine was developed as a replacement for the 3kw Sterling engine. The reason for the replacement was to achieve a higher efficiency and to have a physically small, lighter, and lower maintenance engine. A more efficient Cyclone was developed for Renovalia, a Spanish company. The purpose was to drive a 3kw generator on a 10 meter solar dish. The economies were strained because this small amount of output for this type of system equated to a higher cost. Cyclone recommended a more efficient dish but Renovalia already had two hundred dishes and wanted something to fill their system. Cyclone designed, built, and tested the S1 solar Cyclone Engine. The contract was for a 5 horsepower output from the engine and Renovalia tested the Cyclone S1 at 5.2hp at their facility in Spain. Cyclone built three S1 engines and fulfilled the contract with Renovalia.
RAYTHEON & JIM MODEN PROJECTS – Raytheon had contacted Jim Moden for the use of his mono-propellant fuel. Jim Moden contacted Cyclone to assist his fuel application. Raytheon contracted Cyclone for: first to test the mono-propellant, the second for efficiency test of the S1 engine and the third for two prototype Cyclone MK 5 engines.
Cyclone was contacted by Jim Moden to use a Cyclone engine for underwater operation using his mono-propellant (Moden fuel). Cyclone did a development contract with Ratheon to test this fuel on our MK 2 engine, and designed and built a special heat exchanger for this application. Cyclone built and installed the combustion chamber, as designed by Jim Moden, on the MK 2 Cyclone Engine. This is the first real underwater capable submersible engine run. This is not to be compared to a torpedo, this is for much greater depths. The Cyclone engine delivered a predictable efficiency and performance.
Two submersible prototype engines were contracted using the MK 5 base engine. The combustion chamber was designed by Jim Moden. The heat exchanger was designed by Kevin Bowen of Ratheon, who would supply these parts at the new test lab Raytheon was to construct. The two MK 5 engines were test run on JP 8 at the Cyclone facility, witnessed by Raytheon engineers and met the contract requirements for the Raytheon deliverable contract. The two MK 5 Cyclone engines were then shipped to Raytheon and we understand that the US government budget cuts has slowed Research and Development.
We are continuing to work with Jim Moden on the newest Cyclone Moden Engine for underwater operation, the Iron Man suit, and other suitable venues.
Combilift – A contract is to build and deliver two MK 5 engines to this forklift company in Ireland, a heavy duty material handling manufacturer. One engine is to run on liquid fuels and the other on vapor fuels to meet tier 5 and 6 international emission standards.
Completed Combilift forklift engines are in testing on the dynamometer to ensure the performance and durability for a constant duty environment. This is based on the MK 5 engine. The engines that will be the final delivery will be more production friendly version of the MK 5. This is the best solution for forklifts and other equipment operating indoors where battery power will not do the job and internal combustion cannot meet international emission standards. The completion process is slower than expected due to the budget of the project and phasing in of the redesigned MK 5.
TARDEC (US ARMY – Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center) – The contract was to deliver a power generation complete compact system running on JP8 to produce 10KW of electricity.
The TARDEC request was for a size and weight generator system, 12”x12”x17”, and less than one hundred pounds dry. The generator was required to fit in the Bradly, Abrams, and the Striker vehicles. The compact electrical generator was supplied by Electrica Mechanical Inc. The Cyclone S2 Engine/Generator system was accepted by TARDEC and was targeted to move on to the next product pre-production phase. Federal budget cuts have temporarily slowed down the process. Cyclone is the first and only system available that meets this military requirement.
LSR (Land Speed Record) Cyclone Steam Engine Powered Car – This is an in house project were Cyclone Power provided the engine.
Cyclone set up a subsidiary, Cyclone Performance LLC for the purpose of receiving donations to build a car to run at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The goal is to establish a 200 MPH record for a steam powered car, the current record is 148.308 MPH. Cyclone Power provided the engine and all other parts were contributed or paid with donated monies. The Cyclone engine is currently installed and we are missing the safety gear at about $25,000 to complete the car. Another approximately $25,000 will be needed to get the vehicle and crew to the Salt Flats for the record attempt. Please go to the web site www.TeamSteamUSA.com for the details.