Faculty Advisor

Sullivan, John M.


The project utilized a Stirling engine as an environmentally responsible means of electrical power generation. The team's efforts centered on A) collecting solar energy through a parabolic mirror to transmit that energy to B) an adapted two-cylinder air compressor, which served as a repurposed Stirling engine and C) convert the engine’s power to electricity through a DC generator and battery storage. A prototype parabolic mirror was designed, constructed and tested. The engine was modified to serve as an Alpha-Stirling design, which was mounted in an apparatus containing the DC generator, battery storage, and various charge controllers. Numerous new engine components were designed and fabricated. The charging system was tested and shown to produce the required electrical outputs.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering