STTR Phase I: Havesting Hydrokinetic Energy Using Vortex Induced Vibration and Fish Biomimetics: 1-5 kW System Development

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Amount:
$149,990.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
0810426
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
NSF 07-586
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
0810426
Solicitation Topic Code:
EO
Small Business Information
Vortex Hydro Energy LLC
4870 W Clark Rd, Ypsilati, MI, 48197
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
171220416
Principal Investigator
 James MacBain
 PhD
 (734) 645-8990
 jmacbain@umich.edu
Business Contact
 James MacBain
Title: PhD
Phone: (734) 645-8990
Email: jmacbain@umich.edu
Research Institution
 University of Michigan
 Elaine Brock
 3003 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1274
 (734) 936-1289
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project will transition an innovative 1-5 kW energy generating system from the University of Michigan (UM) Marine Renewable Energy Laboratory (MRELab) towards the commercial market place. The system is based on a system of cylinders that are made to oscillate by water currents at velocities as low as 1-2 knots (water turbines require 5-7 knots). It is through this mechanism that the converter harvests the hydrokinetic energy. This project, if successful, will yield a new means of harvesting energy from low velocity currents. Additionally, this system is believed to have fewer impacts on aquatic wildlife than turbine based systems.

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