Our recent developments in steam power are exciting. We are committing to the first prototype of a stationary, distributed power generator. This is our high-appropriate technology route to biomass-based power systems, while higher tech, proprietary systems like the Cyclone steam engine have already proven several improvements over gasoline engines: (1), higher efficiency; (2) clean burn; (3) complete fuel flexiblity; (4) and water lubrication that displaces the need for engine oil. While not as high tech as the Cyclone – our initial prototype of a stationary power generator is only a beginning. Hear a discussion with Tom Kimmel, Steam Automobile Club of America (SACA) President – on the prospects of steam, distributed generation, and building from there:
The good news is that SACA is a goldmine of talent, they are willing to share openly, and to us it’s clear that we should take advantage of this opportunity before it disappears with the aging of SACA members. We’ll keep you updated on developments, such as itinerary planning for our steam tour across America, as well as technical developments.
Distributed power generation is a clear goal – the next major field of endeavor for Factor e Farm, which would allow us to fuel our operation for free – from agriculture, off-grid fabrication workshop, to living and transportation.
We’re now completing the LIfeTrac II/Power Cube II/Soil Pulverizer II product ecology and beginning prototypical, modular CEB construction – and by next year, our goal is to have an initial prototype of the LifeTrac tractor running on steam power – even if slowly. It’s just a matter of evolving a system for higher power. We already know that steam tractors were responsible for opening up this continent to agriculture at the beginning of the last century, and we know that the Land Steam Record is about to be broken next year by other people from SACA.