VIP 10-40 Steam Engine
Village Industrial Power
Using agricultural waste as fuel, the VIP 10-40 supplies thermal, electrical, and mechanical power.
The Village Industrial Power V-10-40 steam engine produces heat that can be used either to produce hot air or hot water, depending on the agricultural application required. Functionalities include transforming biomass into heat for opportunities such as crop drying, and powering various equipments. It is clean-burning and able to run on numerous biomass feedstocks. V-10-40 was previously named as V-10 steam engine. Village Industrial Power is located in Bradford, Vermont with additional operations in Nairobi, Kenya and Maharashtra, India.
This product is currently being distributed in Sub-Saharan Africa with operations in Nairobi, Kenya and India with operations in Pune.
Village Industrial Power is the sole distributor and manufacturer of the V-10-40 steam engine.
To be determined after establishment of mass production. An initial range is 10,000 USD – 15,000 USD. Interview with Representative in 2018
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Target users are individual farmers, farming communities, and private sector farming and agricultural businesses with access to solid biomass fuel.
This product is manufactured in India by their manufacturing division, Village Industrial Power India Pvt. Ltd., on a system by system basis and is not yet manufactured at scale. Welding professionals are contracted to ensure the safety of end users around the high pressure vessel.
Users can obtain the product from Village Industrial Power.
6 systems have been deployed as of July 2016.
The manufacturer-specified power rating
The form of the output energy, either mechanical, thermal, or electrical
The biomass that can be used with this product, such as wood, agricultural waste, food waste, etc.
The amount of biomass required per hour of operation
What else is needed, such as fuel, electricity, etc.
For all the inputs listed above, the amount required per hour
The type of combustor, such as gasifier, underfeed stokers, fluidized bed boilers, etc.
The efficiency when converting biomass into energy
The emissions of the system
The dimensions of the system (ie: 3 x 2 x 4 m)
The VIP-10-40 is a 10 kW rankine cycle steam engine that combines a furnace box, boiler with superheated steam coils, single cylinder expander, condenser and pump. The system incorporates self-acting inlet valves and has eliminated piston oil lubrication through the utilization of self-lubricating carbon graphite materials. The boiler has been designed with a safety factor that is roughly three times higher than common U.S.A boilers.
The 10 kW VIP system measures 2 m long, 1 m wide, and 2 m tall. VIP recommends housing the system in an open-sided or screen sided shed having a concrete floor measuring 5 m x 3 m x 2.5 m tall, minimum.
Replaceable components include piston seals, bearings, and valves; which need to be replaced over time to maintain system performance and safety.
20 years. Lifespan can vary depending on fuel use, operation patterns and regular maintenance. Interview with Representative in 2018
Manufacturer specified performance targets include: robust, reliable, on-demand, fuel flexible, and clean burning.
Testing performed by the manufacturer determined a power output of 10 kW.
No third-party organizations, only testing performed by the designer.
The VIP-10-40 is rated and certified according to ASME Boiler code and is equipped with an appropriate pressure relief valve. Still, users should exercise caution during periods of high firepower which contributes to higher pressures in the boiler. Only trained technicians and users should repair and operate the VIP-10-40.
Complementary technical systems include mechanical devices (sheller, press, lathes, etc.), thermal devices (charcoal creation, drying, etc.), and electrical devices (lighting, refrigeration, television, appliances, etc.)
The product complies to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.
Field tests in Africa and laboratory tests in Vermont have compared the V-10’s performance in testing areas of endurance, pressure-displacement, and heat transfer to traditional energy generation sources such as diesel gen-sets with regards to efficiency and power output.
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