Prototype Cyclone engine passes tests for Raytheon

  • 18-Feb-2011 11:52 EST

Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. has successfully completed a third phase of performance tests of its heat-regenerative external combustion engine for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), a business of Raytheon Co. The tests verified by Raytheon demonstrated that Cyclone’s prototype, water-cooled engine achieved thermal efficiencies over 30%. Applied to a large-diameter unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV), such efficiency yields double current payload capacities and triple the current mission times, Cyclone claims. The demonstration of the engine technology fulfilled an Independent Research and Development (IR&D) contract from Raytheon IDS signed last year. In conjunction with this project, Raytheon and James R Moden Inc. are developing an undersea power and propulsion system prototype. “Given these results, we are on track to provide Raytheon’s customers the energy and power sources for the enduring UUV’s and persistent undersea operations required to meet emerging threats in the defense of our country,” said Jim Moden, developer of the monopropellant utilized for this application. “When completed, this system will provide…improved safety, lower environmental impact, lower cost of ownership, and higher energy and power density when compared to present advanced state-of-the-art battery systems.” Invented by company founder and CEO Harry Schoell, the patented Cyclone Engine is a modern steam engine designed to run on virtually any fuel, including biodiesels, syngas, or solar. It is currently in the late stages of development.

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