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Home Forums General Discussion Why not Steam? Re: Why not Steam?


When most people think of steam they think of the older designs that are open circuit. A great deal of waste heat escapes by being vented to the atmosphere. Closed loop systems were developed for ships and research continues to this day. Gizmag recently carried a story of one new prototype with 37% efficiency that developed 100 HP. A bigger design for 350 HP is already bheing made. The expectation is a 50% efficient version is feasible but it is somewhat high tech because it involves heat recovery and condensing spent steam back into water. Not exactly suited to your typical DIY homebrew machine. However for someone with the requisite machining skills and the necessary machining facility it is feaSIBLE.