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

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