"We are delighted by the decision of the European Patent Office," Cyclone's COO Frankie Fruge said in a release. "Europe presents enormous commercial possibilities for our environmentally friendly engine, as many nations of the EEU have well developed renewable energy programs for solar thermal, biomass and waste energy recovery -areas where we feel our solution can dominate in the market."
The patent will allow the manufacturer to expand in some in 39 European countries, which together are the largest economy in the world by nominal GDP. The European patent is the sixth for the engine, following the ones in Korea, China, Russia, South Africa and Australia.
Unlike a traditional internal combustion engine, which ignites fuel under high pressure inside the cylinders, the Cyclone burns it in an external chamber, under atmospheric pressure, outside the cylinders. The heat resulted from the burning of the fuel is used to turn water into steam, meaning that is not the fuel that powers the engine, but the steam.
According to Cyclone Power, the fuel require to generate stem does not even need to be fuel. The manufacturer says it has used anything from orange peels and algae to fossil fuels and right through butane, natural gas and powdered coal.
The manufacturer is planning five versions of the Cyclone engine: Mark II, V, VI, WHE and Solar 1. The ones to be used in the automotive industry are the Mark V, developing an estimated 100 hp, ideal for passenger vehicle and the Mark VI, outputting 330 hp, for use in trucks and heavy transport.