SBIR Phase I: An Advanced Aeroelastic Thermoplastic Composite Blade for Residential-Scale Wind Turbines

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,985.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0741157
Award Id:
88362
Agency Tracking Number:
0741157
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
25 Dizzy Horse Rd., Buford, WY, 82052
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
172031184
Principal Investigator:
KevinLuke
BME
(307) 766-5044
z4energy@earthlink.net
Business Contact:
KevinLuke
BME
(307) 766-5044
z4energy@earthlink.net
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will determine the technical and economic feasibility of developing residential-scale, variable-speed wind turbines with aeroelastic, thermoplastic composite blades to achieve two key design objectives: improved energy capture in low to medium winds and rotor speed regulation in high winds. In Phase I, a thermoplastic composite will be developed with biased glass or carbon fibers for optimum coupling coefficient, and cost analysis will determine if meeting both design objectives is feasible for Phase II prototype development. Wind energy is the fastest growing power source worldwide, and critical problems with fossil fuel depletion and carbon emissions will likely accelerate this trend. Although utility-scale wind farms have the leading role, the American Wind Energy Association predicts that 3% of US power needs could be provided by small wind turbines (defined as 100 kW or less) by 2020. The proposed work provides opportunities for individuals with suitable land and wind resources to contribute to the nation's energy security, as well as economically meet power requirements for homes, farms, and small businesses.

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