A Telrad engine developed by Australia’s Telrad consortium will be able to power more house heating and cooling systems than the largest commercial systems in the world, according to the company.
The new technology uses a hybrid structure called a “co-pilot” that allows the turbine to be steered by light and heat.
In its current form, the Telrad platform uses a cylindrical structure called the “spherical helix”, which can be mounted on the underside of a turbine and the engine can be powered by it.
“The spherical helix provides a much more stable platform for the turbine than other helix systems,” Telrad chief executive Peter Poynton said.
Instead of the turbine being moved up and down to move heat, the helix can be moved in one direction, allowing the helical shape to be rotated freely.
This arrangement means that the turbine is not only able to move, but can be used to rotate in and out of the helion’s area, increasing the temperature of the system and therefore heating or cooling.
It’s this extra movement that can make a difference in how heat is transferred between the cooling and heating systems, Telrad managing director Matt Cairns said.
“This means that when the temperature is rising or dropping, you can see that the temperature on the top of the rotor actually goes up or down a little bit.”
Telrad said the new technology could power systems from more than a dozen homes, with the company already in discussions with a number of manufacturers and manufacturers in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Mr Poyton said the company had not yet decided on the number of homes it would commercialise.
But it was likely to include several large commercial systems, he said.
The project is expected to cost around $1 billion.
Telrad said it had already achieved a significant number of manufacturing and commercial orders, with orders of more than 1,000 units already placed.
Turbine maker Telstar is the leading manufacturer of the Tel Rad platform, which will be used in residential heating and ventilation systems and other commercial applications.
Its new product, Telra, was first demonstrated at the 2010 Farnborough Air Show in Britain.
A spokeswoman for Telra said Telra was now “actively engaged” in the project, but did not provide any additional details about the company’s business plan.
Another large manufacturer of commercial systems is Siemens.
Siemens also said it was in discussions to enter the Telra project.
Australia’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, Siemens, is also working on a new solar thermal system, the company said in a statement.
At the heart of Telrad’s new platform is a single rotor, which is about 10 metres long and weighs about 80 kilograms, but is mounted on a shaft which is 20 metres long.
As the rotor rotates, heat is captured by the rotor and stored in a cavity in the shaft.
After the heat is stored, it can be transferred to the system by passing a magnetic field to a small transformer, which generates a voltage.
Each unit uses a different type of helix, including a helix for the top, a helical helix on the bottom, a flat helix and a spiral helix.
Engineers believe the system will have up to three operating modes.
One of the modes is the traditional flat helical, where the rotor is driven by heat and is able to rotate to change the temperature.
An additional mode uses the helicopter style of helical structure that allows heat to be generated by the rotation of the top helix when it is spinning.
When a heat exchanger is used, it generates a direct heat to the top and back of the structure and is also able to convert heat to mechanical power.
Unlike traditional helix-based turbine systems, which can use the top surface of the rotating turbine as a heating element, the new platform will use the turbine’s heat source.
Heat is transferred from the heat source to the heat exchangers in the helice to be used.
Thermal heat is generated in the form of a heat flux.
These heat fluxes are captured in a reservoir, which then generates electrical energy.
Electricity is used to power the heaters and heat exchangs, which in turn produce heat in the system.
Like many energy storage technologies, the thermal heat is a direct-to-energy technology.
While most energy storage projects rely on a centralized, centralized power grid, Telras technology is designed to be able use the distributed generation and storage of heat to supply electricity.
And, in this sense, Telars technology is similar to solar thermal systems.
So is the company making any money?
Telra expects to raise around $300 million to develop its new system.
The money is expected, in part