I suggest that if someone wants to build a steam engine, the first thing that they should do is visit a Steam Automobile Club of America (SACA) meeting. The steam club meeting is filled with amazing talent – from former NASA engineers, present Detroit workers, builders of steam powered cars and tractors. These people have experience, they are hilarious, and all together contrarian and irreverent. I’m having a great time. I just want to share some of the things that people here have done – as I expect to follow up with many of these people on several topics relevant to the Global Village Construction Set. I mention these because if you would like to pursue one of these topics, you know where to find assistance.
- Tom Kimmel, SACA president – has an amazing workshop/museum where he builds and restores steam power devices. Combined with his extensive library and comprehensive understanding of the state of art – this is a total immersion learning experience – not to mention practical build opportunity.
- High power solid fuel burners and biomass pelletizers for steam power. This emerges to me as a serious competitor for pyrolysis oil as a renewable transportation fuel – in the framework of the Global Village Construction Set. Tom Kimmel’s nursery can supply you with many varieties of switchgrass, with yields of up to 11 tons of biomass per acre.
- One fellow here made his own plasma cutter, large torch/router/multipurpose CNC table.
- Electronis steam injection bicycle. Yes, someone here did an 800 rpm steam engine with electronic valves – a completely computerized control system.
- Wood-fuel steam tractor.
- Solar concentrator steam egine, and solar concentrator Stirling engine.
There are many others. High tech stuff. This is a goldmine.