This Student Built An Amazing Steam Engine-powered Raspberry Pi


steam raspberry piShort Bytes: A Swedish student has build a steam-powered Raspberry Pi. This project by the DIY enthusiast is impressive to see in action as his twin-cylinder engine produces enough power to run his Pi.

Running a Raspberry Pi doesn’t need much power and a 5V microUSB executes the job. However, a Swedish student decided to go for a more badass way to run his DIY-companion and used an actual steam engine to power his single board computer.

This engineering beauty is made by “Alexzpro”, a user posting at Swedish forum Svenska Elektronikforumet.

To heat the water in the boiler, Alexzpro uses twin propane torches. In his video, steam is fed to a twin-cylinder engine mounted on a metal plate, before it’s sent to another cylinder where pistons are driven by pressure and the crankshaft is turned. This crankshaft is connected to a flywheel that powers a small DC motor.

The electricity generated via motor is fed into a 5V regulator that takes care of powering R-Pi.
rapsberry pi zero running with steam

This little creation looks like the marriage of an old-school steam engine and a modern marvel like Raspberry Pi.

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Take a look at the video below and be inspired:


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Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

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