My area of expertise is collecting information and with this topic I confess failure and not only confess failure but ask for assistance from the crowd. Somewhere while leafing through the internet looking for good information I ran across this chestnut under the “steam makes a comeback” heading. And to quote: “Winner of numerous international awards and patents, this new and completely silent engine is called ‘the Opus’ and was invented by an interesting fellow, Ronnie Whitehouse. This ‘any-fuel’ efficient power plant is space saving, eliminates any need for a transmission, produces enormous torque and power, can drive wheels collectively or independently, has fewer parts, can be scaled to operate a small automobile, a locomotive, nuclear power plant, aircraft, or even large ships … .”
This smells like steam power and financial fraud, a time honored duo. I am the greatest believer in the wonders of steam power as saving the world, however, I am careful to not engage in fraud for a desire to sleep at night. Over the years people have hooked onto the magic of steam, the wonderment of silent power, and the ignorance of basic thermodynamics by the masses, to fleece them. We, in the steam business, have enough difficulty as it is promoting our good ideas without having other people muddy the waters.
Therefore, I would like some more information on the perpetrator of this scheme and a drawing or patent number of the famous ‘Opus’ engine. My computer skills are not sufficient to find any more information myself. What usually happens is that a person comes up with another rotary or vane engine and then looks around for a good use and finds out that it works poorly as an internal combustion engine because reciprocating action is needed to intake, compress, power stroke, and completely scavenge the exhaust. Therefore some pressurized gas works best; or more precisely, appears to work best because a pressurized gas with low molecular weight such as steam leaks past every possible vane, shaft, or rotating disk.
Good, well engineered, bio-fuel powered modern steam will make a good eco power plant and will save the world.