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Robotic Technology Engine Completion for DARPA project

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Cyclone Power Technologies
: 01 April, 2010  (Application Story)
A Biomass-to-power engine from Cyclone Power Technologies has been completed for Robotic Technology for use in defence research project
Cyclone Power Technologies has successfully completed its biomass-to-power engine system for Robotic Technology (RTI) under its Statement of Work, and has delivered the renewable power system to the University of Maryland to be coupled with RTI’s autonomous robotic platform.

Cyclone’s prototype biomass-to-power generator is a self-contained, compact system that utilizes the company’s award-winning waste heat engine (WHE) to produce power from plant-based biomass combustion. RTI is currently developing the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR), under a Phase II SBIR project sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the US Department of Defense. The EATR’s ultimate mission includes long range military reconnaissance without the need for manual or conventional re-fuelling.

“We are very pleased with the performance of Cyclone’s biomass-to-power system, and now look forward to adding it to our intelligent robotic platform in completion of our Phase II contract award from DARPA,” stated Dr. Robert Finklestein, President of RTI.

At the heart of Cyclone’s current biomass-to-power system for the proof-of-concept EATR is the patent pending WHE, a six-cylinder Rankine cycle external heat engine capable of generating up to 18HP of mechanical power. An attached combustion chamber produces up to 600°F of steam to run the WHE at peak performance. An alternator then converts mechanical energy from the engine into as much as 10kW of usable electricity to power electronics or recharge batteries. A more powerful version of the WHE is expected to be used in future field prototypes of the EATR.

“This was a very meaningful and interesting project for Cyclone, in which we learned a great deal about our waste heat engine and the combustion of renewable vegetative biomass for its fuel source,” stated Travis Love, Cyclone’s Project Engineer for the WHE system. “We believe these lessons will serve us well as we continue along the path of commercializing our technology.”

The robotic system being developed by RTI with Cyclone’s portable biomass-to-power plant has numerous potential commercial applications outside military purposes, such as in border patrol, agriculture, forestry, natural disaster clean-up and recovery, and power generation in industrial or large-scale farming and logging settings.
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