Solar-Thermal generator

This is an project idea and plan of a solar thermal design.

The basic design is placed below.


What’s in the design?

  • The frame is a  1/2″ plywood
  • Servo arm to rotate the box frame. This is controlled by the Arduino system
  • Fresnel lens. (2×2 feet or 1×1 feet)
  • 2 or 3 inch copper cylinder. Length maybe 6 inches
  • 1/2″ flexible copper tube to connect copper heater and other pipes
  • Copper t-junctions
  • 1/8″ copper tubes to connect the turbines
  • 1/8″ fuel pipes to collect the turbine steam output and connect to water tank
  • 5″ cylinder to hold water
  • lazy susan base to hold the structure and rotate along the floor
  • Rust-Oleum 241169 High Heat Ultra Enamel Spray, Black to paint copper cylinder
  • Mini Alternators
  • Mini turbine engines (Microcosm steam engines)
  • Mini pump
  • Mini motor connected to a wheel to help rotate the base
  • Thread lock glue to connect copper joints / Just for copper glue
  • Four light sensors or four LDRs
  • Arduino board
  • 18650 battery pack
  • Multiplexes if needed for the circuit
  • Pressure relief valve for the main steam output


Other Items


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