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Shown above is the free-piston Stirling engine, linear alternator, and
heat-pipe receiver used in the Cummins 7-Kwe system. Solar energy
collected inside the hemispherical absorber of the heat-pipe receiver
(bottom) is transferred to the horizontally opposed - and balanced -
Stirling engines. Mechanical output from the power pistons is converted
to alternating current electricity by the linear alternators.
A Cummins Power Generation
frs dish-Stirling system in Abilene,
Texas (left), converts the sun's
energy to electricity to pump
water in rural locations.
The system uses sodium to
transfer heat from sunlight to the
engine; the sunlight is collected
by an array of stretched-
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Dish-Stirling Joint Venture Program, report, December 31, 1993; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc698821/m1/2/: accessed December 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.