VIP V-10 Steam Engine
Village Industrial Power
The Village Industrial Power V-10 is a small-scale, biomass based uniflow steam power plant that transforms wood and waste biomass residues into mechanical, thermal, and electrical energy. The V-10 is a compact steam engine that can be transported on the back of a pickup truck. The V-10 utilizes the same concept that was developed by James Watt in the late 1700’s.
Village Industrial Power is located in Bradford, Vermont with additional operations in Nairobi, Kenya.
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 steam engine.
To be determined after establishment of mass production. An initial range is $10,000 – $15,000 USD interview with representative
Trained individuals, communities and private sector businesses with access to solid biomass fuel.
The steam engine is currently manufactured in Bradford, Vermont on a system by system basis. Welding professionals are contracted to ensure the safety of end users around the high pressure vessel. Mass manufacturing is under development.
Patent pending interview with representative
Users can obtain the product from Village Industrial Power.
Six (6) systems have been deployed as of July 2016.
The V-10 is a 10 kW rankine cycle 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 meters long, 1 meter wide, and 2 meters tall. VIP recommends housing the system in an open sided or screen sided shed having a concrete floor measuring 5 meters x 3 meters x 2.5 meters tall (minimum).
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Piston seals, bearings, and valves need to be replaced over time to maintain system performance and safety.
20 years depending on fuel use, operation patterns and regular maintenance interview with representative
– Boiler pressure rating to 2,000 psi
– Overall thermal efficiency of 70 %
– Useful power output of 10 kW
The V-10 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 V-10.
– Mechanical devices (sheller, press, lathes, etc.)
– Thermal devices (charcoal creation, drying, etc.)
– Electrical devices (lighting, refrigeration, television, appliances, etc.)
Village Industrial Power has not published in an academic setting.
However, steam engine research has been ongoing since the late 1700’s invention of the steam engine by James Watt. Since then, thousands of papers have been published regarding the topic.
Field tests in Africa and laboratory tests in Vermont have compared the V-10’s performance to traditional energy generation sources such as diesel gen-sets with regards to efficiency and power output.
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