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Published on May 26, 2010
A Rider-Ericsson Sterline engine is seen pumping water. This 1/4 scale engine was built by Bill Fowler in 1982 and donated to the Craftsmanship Museum by Les Cade in 2010. It is heated by a propane flame. The full-size engine is over 6 feet tall and puts out only 1/8 horsepower, but also uses very little fuel. In its day it was able to pump the most water for the amount of fuel used of any engine around. In fact, the latest solar energy plant in the design phase in San Diego County utilizes 14 acres of solar reflectors to generate heat to power