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.
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Market Suggested Retail Price
Target Users (Target Impact Group)
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Village Industrial Power is the sole distributor and manufacturer of the V-10-40 steam engine.
Direct competitors include HPS Biomass Gasification Power Plant.
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.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Users can obtain the product from Village Industrial Power.
Distributions to Date Status
6 systems have been deployed as of July 2016.
Power rating (W or kW)
Available energy type (mechanical, thermal, electrical)
Mechanical, thermal and electrical.
Description of biomass source(s)
Wood and agricultural waste (palm kernel, coconut husk, rice husk and sawmill shavings).
Biomass input requirements (kg per hour)
Description of other input requirements
Other input requirements (amount per hour)
Biomass conversion efficiency (%)
Particulate matter and CO emissions (ppm)
System dimensions (m)
2 x 1 x 2 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.
Provided by the manufacturer.
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 Parameters
Manufacturer specified performance targets include: robust, reliable, on-demand, fuel flexible, and clean burning.
Vetted Performance Status
Testing performed by the manufacturer determined a power output of 10 kW.
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
Complementary technical systems include mechanical devices (sheller, press, lathes, etc.), thermal devices (charcoal creation, drying, etc.), and electrical devices (lighting, refrigeration, television, appliances, etc.)
Academic Research and References
Compliance with regulations
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.