Construction and Tidal Current Testing of Field Scale Model of Breus Rotor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: WC133R10CN0223
Agency Tracking Number: 10-69
Amount: $94,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 1
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.5
Solicitation Number: NOAA 2010-1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 146, Blue Hill, ME, 04614
DUNS: 832848316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sergei Breus
 Owner, Principal Investigator
 (207) 266-0688
Business Contact
 Mary Hurvitt
Title: Business Manager, Project Manager
Phone: (207) 266-1672
Research Institution

Maine Blue Stream Power proposes to construct a field scale (2m diameter) prototype of a hydrokinetic energy conversion device, the Breus Rotor (patent pending), and perform in-stream tidal testing. The problem that Main Blue Stream Power addresses in this proposal is the extraction of energy from a wide range of marine current speeds with low impact on the marine environment. In preliminary laboratory (tow tank) testing, the Breus turbine begins to produce power at .3m/s and reaches maximum efficiency at a tip-speed ration of .4. Low rotational speeds are much less likely to cause marine species mortality (fish-strike). Phase I testing will be done at the Tidal Energy Demonstration and Evaluation Center at Maine Maritime Academy, Castine Maine, in a .5m/s-2.5m/s tidal flow, collecting data on power generation and overall performance.

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