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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2007-33610-17991
Agency Tracking Number: 2007-00206
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
455 W. 23rd, 14F, New York, NY, 59715
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Morris
 (212) 633-6110
Business Contact
 Will Swearingen
Title: Vice President and COO
Phone: (406) 640-1560
Email: wds@montana.edu
Research Institution
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.

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