Little Generator

Seeing as we have been discussing Large Generators I
thought this post to the ATIS group might be of interest.
Can you imagine being in the pub & someone says "Who's Farted"
Someone else replies "It's only that soldier's deisel running"
The following article appeared in today's "The Age" newspaper by Gary Barker and
might be of interest to engine
enthusiasts -
"Modern soldiers carry kilograms of batteries for almost every item of their
high-tech battlefield equipment -
battlefield Internet notebook computer, night-vision goggles, GPS navigation
set, laser rifle sight, radio and chemical
warfare detector.
A Melbourne (Aust) high-technology engineering company believes it can replace
the batteries with a tiny, near-silent
diesel generator, small enough for a soldier to wear on his belt and powerful
enough to run all his equipment.
Miles Partridge, managing director of Tectonica, Australia, a small
high-technology engineering company based in West
Melbourne, said a working prototype was being developed, but was still about a
year away.
With US, British and other armies all struggling with battery problems, the
potential for Tectonica's "Generette" looks
enormous. In Iraq, for example, the US military uses two tonnes of radio
batteries a day. Each battery weighs one
kilogram, is not rechargeable, costs $US100 ($A139) and lasts a day. Disposing
of spent batteries can also cause
Stephen Thomas, Tectonica's business development manager, said yesterday the
diesel generator was about the size of a
model aircraft diesel engine but more sophisticated and quieter. He believed it
was the only device of its kind in the
"We are miniaturising a high-performance modern diesel engine, right down to
direct fuel injection, electronic control,
multiple valves, ceramic liner, overhead cams - the whole works - in a machine
weighing less than a kilogram, including
its fuel," he said. "The engine is tiny, a single cylinder with a bore of about
one centimetre, generating about 25
watts at around seven volts," he said." For pics see -
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Mark Kennedy
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
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