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Actually, clicking on my name results in going directly to the New Turbine Workshop site, where we do not collect cookies. And we are located in Michigan, not Phoenix AZ…

The CD mentioned above contains complete CAD/CAM files & technical drawings for hobbyists, machinists & DIY energy enthusiasts to construct an industrial-quality turbogenerator designed by my husband, Ken Rieli. We have people from several countries currently working on using these plans to build their own 1-kW turbogens – some for solar ORC applications, some prefer steam – using basic machine shop tools (lathe, drill, grinder, mill). They are all enthusiastic, thankful & consider both the CD & the educational experience to be of great value. A few in developing countries are engaging outside local shops to cut parts, etc.

Total cost for the complete system including solar trough, tracking system, turbogenerator & closed-loop system is expected to be around $1,500 or less. You can’t really compare it to electric-only PV technology because combined heat & power is much more efficient – and this unique type of turbine lasts a lifetime with very little maintenance. – We’re expecting it to be relatively quiet, in the 80 db region since we’re dealing with closed loop turbogenerator systems.

Finally, you see our efforts as profiteering. Far from it. Those who purchase the CD gain entrance to the NTW & a wealth of engineering know-how based on decades of development work.

I hope this clears up some misconceptions about the technology & our educational efforts. There’s an FAQ page on our site for more detail.