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What is the Business Plan?

Our principal goal is to transform our patent portfolio into a product development and licensing business which results in significant job creation in the U.S.

We are focused on using a strategic alliance model to commercialize the patented Russell Engine/Generator technology.

The cornerstone of our business strategy is to align ourselves with experts and innovators in design, materials, development, testing, manufacturing, marketing, servicing and the distribution of Engine/Generator units and all related ancillary support products.

When was REC incorporated?

Although development work and designs for the original Russell Rotary Engine were started much earlier, The Russell Energy Corporation was incorporated on March 7th 1995.

Why wasn't the Eng/Gen built earlier?

The Engine/Generator design has been an ongoing process of design improvements. The design allows unlimited variations for the sake of efficiency and power. New and better ideas continued to come to the forefront. All these improvements have been incorporated in this latest design including the ability to use low friction ball bearings, direct injection, and the elimination of all dynamic seals (except for piston rings). As a result of these improvements the Eng/Gen is even more dependable, durable, powerful and efficient than previous designs and REC is now ready to go.

What is the current status of the Eng/Gen?

Currently REC is raising the funds necessary to build and test the Eng/Gen prototype. After the prototype is tested, final design improvements will be made and a series of units will be produced and distributed for field testing. Based on information gathered in the testing of the first prototype multiple Eng/Gen units of varied output ranges will be developed, tested and made ready for production.

Where can I purchase an Eng/Gen?

At this time the Eng/Gen is not available for purchase. After development is completed, production will begin and the Eng/Gen units will come to the market shortly thereafter. We will let you know!

How big can the Eng/Gen be?

One of the unique features of the Eng/Gen design is, as the unit gets larger it gets disproportionately more powerful. A unit twice the physical size may be four, five or six times more powerful. In the case of the Eng/Gen, bigger is better! There will however, be a practical limit as to how big one should go. In very large applications with varying loads, it may be more practical to have several smaller units working together and sharing ancillaries like the cooling system, oil system, exhaust system, blowers etc. This approach will;

  • Increase efficiency, as some units may be shut down completely when power requirements (loads) are low.
  • Increase dependability of the entire system because individual units could be maintained or replaced while they are shut down, even though the rest of the system is still operating.
  • Reduce costs for the entire system as smaller Eng/Gen units may be less expensive (depending on size) and shared ancillary systems will be less expensive to purchase and more efficient to operate.
  • Allow expansion of the entire system in smaller, less expensive, increments.

Can an Eng/Gen be used for a train?

Yes, a train engine would be an ideal application for the Eng/Gen. Several smaller Eng/Gen units would be used rather than one large generator. When the load is at its greatest, while accelerating a long train of cars, all the Eng/Gen units will be turned on to produce the maximum electrical power. When the train is cruising after acceleration and the demand for power is reduced one or more Eng/Gen units can be shut down conserving fuel and reducing pollution. Because the Eng/Gen is easily replaceable (plug-and-play), down time can be greatly reduced.

What other applications are there for the Eng/Gen?

There are no limits to the applications for the Eng/Gen. Wherever electricity is needed, whether in a stationary or a portable application, the Eng/Gen can deliver dependable, efficient electrical power.

In some applications like in vehicle use (with a Series Hybrid Drive System) the advantages associated with the Eng/Gen Drive System can be stunning. Because the Eng/Gen only runs when it is moving the vehicle or charging the batteries all the wasted burning of fuel is eliminated. If the batteries are charged and the vehicle is stopped or inching along in rush hour traffic the Eng/Gen will not be running at all. Therefore no fuel is used and no pollution is created. This feature will be a great advantage for the air quality in large congested cities. Yet, you can drive across country just as you would in any typical vehicle on the road today with no worries or concerns.

Why can't we just use renewable energy to create electricity?

In some applications renewable energy from sun, wind or waves will work just fine. An example would be when renewable energy is used to supplement the power grid. However, most of the energy we get from the grid is produced in nuclear reactors or from the burning of coal, natural gas or some form of oil. At night on a calm evening with no wind or waves none of your power comes from renewables. But you still need power!

Until a new and better source of energy can be found, we are compelled to use the energy we have. However, we can and must use our resources more wisely and eliminate waste everywhere we can. The Eng/Gen is a leap forward in reducing pollution while conserving fuel.

Why is an Eng/Gen powered PHEV better than a pure Electric Vehicle (EV)?

Peace of mind! Imagine you own a pure electric drive (EV) that has a rated range of 100 miles. Now imagine that you actually get 100 miles of range in your EV. Great!

The EV Problem: You live 26 miles from work. You get home from work (52 miles total) and pull into the garage just as the phone rings. It's your Mom and you haven't talked to her for 2 weeks. After you hang up with her, you simply forget to go back into the garage and plug-in the car to the charger. The next morning you get into the car only to find that you have enough battery left to get you to work, but not enough to get you home and there is no place to charge-up at work. What do you do?

The Eng/Gen powered PHEV Solution: With a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) there is a fuel powered generator (Eng/Gen) included with the battery electric drive system. If you do forget to plug-in at night you will still be able to drive normally just as you would any car. The batteries will re-charge while you are driving and the range is unlimited. You will still have to go to the gas station, but far less frequently. By the way, if you run out of gas you will just keep driving on the batteries until you get to the next gas station. Now that's "Peace of mind"!

How does the Eng/Gen compare to a conventional unit of the same size?

First, when we say "of the Same Size" we must understand that we are talking about the same electrical output capacity (i.e. 125 kW), and not the physical size. When a 6 cylinder Eng/Gen (6x2) is compared to a conventional 6 cylinder engine and generator set combination there are enormous differences.

We can start with the physical size. A complete 125 kW Eng/Gen with all the ancillaries like the radiator, oil tank, pumps and power conditioner, in an enclosure, will be about 34% of the physical size of a conventional 6 cylinder engine and generator unit with the same equipment and no enclosure.

Next is the weight. A complete 125 kW Eng/Gen with all the ancillaries like the radiator, oil tank, pumps and power conditioner, will be about 44% of the weight of a conventional 6 cylinder engine and generator unit with the same equipment.

Lastly, the parts count. Although this only includes the basic engine & generator parts for both units, the Eng/Gen has only 25 % of the parts required in a conventional engine and generator combination.

What does this all mean? With so few parts and so much less in raw materials the Eng/Gen will be less expensive to produce, and less expensive to purchase. Fewer parts also mean that there are fewer things to go wrong, giving us greater overall dependability. Finally, the advantages associated with the compact size are enormous, opening doors to endless new applications that have never been possible before.

Why is the Eng/Gen's small size and low weight so important?

Opportunities! Because the Eng/Gen is so much smaller, lighter and more powerful than conventional generators it will open the doors to opportunities that have never been considered before.

Consider a small, long range airplane with one or two electric motors powering it. Electric motors are a far better option for flying a plane than their gasoline counterparts. Electric motors are much more dependable, durable and powerful based on their size and weight, and they do not lose power at high altitude like gasoline powered engines do. As far as safety goes, you couldn't beat an electric system. A small bank of batteries would be included in the package to allow about a half hour of level flying time even if you run out of gas for the Eng/Gen, which powers the motors. If you are at higher altitude your flying time would be increased, giving you more than ample time to find a safe place to put her down. Did I mention that the flight would be smooth and quiet too?