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A Lower-cost System for Wind Power Generation on Individual Farms and Ranches

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Department of Agriculture
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2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
502 S 6TH AVE Bozeman, MT 59715-4564
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: A Lower-cost System for Wind Power Generation on Individual Farms and Ranches
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2007-33610-17991
Award Amount: $80,000.00


There is potential for a vast expansion of wind-power production in rural America. The key is development of affordable, cost-effective systems. The major barrier to wind-power generation on farms and ranches is the current high cost of wind turbines. Wind Innovations proposes an entirely new approach that promises to substantially reduce the cost of wind-power systems. Preliminary results indicate that this new system, called the Wind Fin, can eliminate current environmental objections to small wind-power systems while costing significantly less. Researchers will evaluate and test the technical feasibility of a Wind Fin design for farm and ranch use that will sell for 50 percent less than state-of-the-art commercial wind turbines of equivalent size-with equal or superior performance. They will conduct an end-user survey of farmers and ranchers to determine acceptability criteria for the Wind Fin, design a 1kW prototype, model its performance characteristics and manufacturing costs, and compare these to leading commercial 1kW wind turbines. The Wind Innovations team includes highly qualified market-research, mechanical/electrical-design, wind-power, manufacturing, and cost-modeling expertise. Using the Wind Fin, farms and ranches could not only supply their own energy needs but also harvest enough wind energy to sell to utilities, fostering rural development.

Principal Investigator:

David Morris

Business Contact:

Will Swearingen
Vice President and COO
Small Business Information at Submission:

Wind Innovations LLC
455 W. 23rd, 14F New York, NY 59715

EIN/Tax ID: 205313660
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No