NASA Center: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Public Release Year: 1985
Reference Number: JPL-SO-86
Category: Environment And Resource Management
Origin: NASA's Stirling Engine
The Vanguard I dish-Stirling module program, initiated in 1982, produced the Vanguard I module, a commercial prototype erected by the Advanco Corporation. The module, which automatically tracks the sun, combines JPL mirrored concentrator technology, an advanced Stirling Solar II engine/generator, a low cost microprocessor-controlled parabolic dish. Vanguard I has a 28% sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency. If tests continue to prove the system effective, Advanco will construct a generating plant to sell electricity to local utilities. An agreement has also been signed with McDonnell Douglas to manufacture a similar module.
Page Number in Published book: 92
Manufacturer: JET PROPULSION LABORATORY