And I like it. So much so that I probably won’t sleep much tonight now that I’ve found it and keep thinking of multiple applications to use it for.
Let’s get one thing straight: The variable-valve-timing, direct-injection, turbo-wonderful powerplant in your new car is not cutting-edge. Despite the complexity of the modern engine, the fundamentals haven’t changed since Grover Cleveland was in office. Pistons turn a crankshaft that eventually spins your car’s wheels.
Electrically driven cars are the future. But until we have cheap, 1000-mile batteries, we still need range-extending fossil-fuel engines. Those devices don’t need to turn wheels, just generate juice. The simple solution is to strap a generator to a piston engine, as BMW did with the two-cylinder range extender in its i3 EV. But if the engine never turns a wheel, there’s no need for it to rotate anything. Why not cut out the middleman and use the piston’s reciprocating motion to generate electricity? That obviates camshafts and most other rotating parts, too.
Question 1: How soon can I have one of these in an engine-driven welding machine?
Question 2: Will it fit in a suitcase?
Question 3: If not a suitcase, then will it fit on a TIG cart?
I’m not asking how much because I don’t care. Just build it. Then shut up and take my money.