, Volume 46, Issue 3-4, pp 142-145
Date: 10 Jul 2010

Cryogenic engineering, production and use of industrial gases, vacuum engineering

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The experience of development and tests of the world’s first container-type power plant having a Stirling engine operating on coal methane has been generalized. An analysis has been made of the prospects of Russia’s coal regions for producing coal methane as well as of the various technologies of coal methane utilization for electric power and heat generation. The prospects of use for these purposes of power plants having Stirling engines have been substantiated. Full-scale tests of the original design of the container (capsule) power plant having a Stirling engine have been performed. A foreign-made engine was used as the Stirling engine. The obtained test data open up enormous possibilities of development of distributed electrical power industry based on power plants having Stirling engines in coal regions of Russia and other countries of the world with utilization of a new alternative type of motor fuel, namely, coal methane.

Translated from Khimicheskoe i Neftegazovoe Mashinostroenie, Vol. 46, No. 3, pp. 18–20, March, 2010.