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SBIR Phase I: Non-mechanical harvesting of wind energy

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2014674
Agency Tracking Number: 2014674
Amount: $225,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: EP
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-06-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-05-31
Small Business Information
1313 Madrid Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
United States
DUNS: 828743125
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Richard Epstein
 (505) 301-1224
Business Contact
 Richard Epstein
Phone: (505) 301-1224
Research Institution

The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project is to advance a technology for converting wind energy into electrical power. Wind turbines need massive support structures, generate noise, require ongoing maintenance, and negatively impact some wildlife. This project will advance a method to harvest the wind’s energy using novel transformers requiring no moving components. Current estimates indicate that this approach to electrical power generation would require less maintenance, lower costs, and have lower environmental impact. This SBIR Phase I project will advance electrostatic generation of wind power. The proposed design of the power generator creates negative air ions by coronal emission. As the wind carries negative ions away from the power generator, the latter is left with net positive charge and a large positive voltage relative to the ground. The proposed project will explore the trade space of wind-to-electricity transformers at scale. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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