I'm with William and Joe on this one.
"I think it's a great idea. It absolutely could work as either a retrofit or an OEM installation.
It's lazy, cynical, myopic, and fearful people like hornbaker that have kept truly
groundbreaking innovations from coming to the fore.
Good luck to you...and keep thinking outside the box."
If one knows anything about the reality of Stirling engine or cooler design and run the
numbers one would immediately see that it doesn't make engineering sense. Stirling
coolers or cryo-coolers are little heat pumps. If one uses the heat from the exhaust, and
had a Stirling engine running a Stirling cooler you're going to take heat, turn it to
mechanical energy, run the cooler using that mechanical energy one has to realize that
both cycles require heat rejection. So, you hope to get rid of the radiator on the car by
adding bigger ones to reject the heat from the Stirling Engines? Not Cool!
Thinking outside of the box is fine but if you don't stay within a realistic engineering box
it's not gonna work. Too many 'outside of the box' people are also outside of the first and
second thermodynamic laws box.
BTW.. The Coleman coolbox was using a Globalcooling FPSC ( see;
http://www.globalcooling.com). They're still produced in Japan by TwinBird in Nigata.
They've got a couple of models with 50 and 100 watt heat lifts. Coleman wouldn't order
enough to really drop the price and in today's "WallMart" world our 'brilliant' US companies
can only think as far as the next quarter's bottom line.
Twinbird still makes the FPSCs but they've switched their target market to a niche one of
deep temperature cooling, providing Cool-boxes for specialized applications down in the
-50C to -70C range I think for vaccine storage and other uses requiring really cold temps.