NASA Glenn Technology May Soon Power American Households

Glenn-RC-NASA(26/Dic/2013) A newly unveiled energy device, built with technology developed by NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, may provide homeowners an alternative way to generate their own electricity to power and heat their homes inexpensively, efficiently and cleanly.

The Thermo Acoustic Power Stick (TAPS) announced by energy startup Nirvana Energy Systems Inc. (headquartered in Portola Valley, Calif.) is designed to convert a home’s natural gas supply into electricity, providing the home with its own mini power plant, or micro-grid. The device was initially developed with PARC, a Xerox company in Palo Alto, California.

At the heart of the device is Glenn’s acoustic-based Stirling technology that was licensed to Nirvana earlier this year. The Stirling propulsion technology, developed for spaceflight missions, uses acoustic waves instead of mechanical parts to convert and transfer energy for electrical power generation. According to Nirvana, TAPS produces between 1kW to 4kW of electrical power and 15-30kW of thermal power with efficiency in excess of 905. Nirvana is designing TAPS to be a compact system that can easily be retrofitted into residential systems.

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