Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Low tech diesel engines - off the grid biofuels anyone?

Saw this on Cool Tools

Seems there's an old design for diesel engines, made by the Lister company. The Lister design has since been sold off and knockoffs are made around the world. The important thing is they're low tech, repairable by anybody, and are rugged.

Hmm, in June I took a trip to a remote part of Baja Mexico, and remember seeing an engine just like that on the boats there.

http://utterpower.com/ - sells these engines. But their web site is extremely disorganized, so it's hard to say just what they do.

One observation is that with such a simple engine, it would be real simple to run it off a biodiesel fuel.