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Name: clay fowlkes
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Date: Around 1993

My friends and I are working on a science project about the solar steam engine. I have plans for building one, but I also have doubts as to if it will work or not. I was hoping to get a professional opinion.

I do not know of any steam engines powered by the sun (which is not to say that it cant be done). However, the engines that I have seen that have been solar powered are air standard Stirling cycles. You can read about Stirling cycles in any undergraduate college thermodynamics textbook. I would encourage you to consider the Stirling cycle.

david r munoz

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