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

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$435,291.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
0924695
Agency Tracking Number:
0741157
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
AM
Solicitation Number:
NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
Z4 Energy Systems
25 Dizzy Horse Rd., Buford, WY, 82052
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
172031184
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Luke
 BME
 (307) 766-5044
 z4energy@earthlink.net
Business Contact
 Kevin Luke
Title: BME
Phone: (307) 766-5044
Email: z4energy@earthlink.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project seeks to prototype/validate a novel, self-regulating blade for a 3-kW Residential Wind Turbine (RWT). Successful development of this next-generation blade will eliminate major technical/economic drawbacks and reliability issues with current RWT's, and will promote widespread national and international commercial deployment of wind turbines. This project will demonstrate the following: 1) low-cost, durable, impact-resistant, mass-producible (and recyclable) blades; 2) self-regulation in high-winds and load mitigation in turbulence (allowing for reduced blade mass and cost); and 3) a simpler, more-reliable downwind turbine, for which the blades themselves protect the RWT in high winds and the cost and complexity of the tail and furling mechanism are eliminated. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project enables the nation to meet or exceed ambitious industry projections, which state that 3% of U.S. electricity could be supplied by RWT's operated by a significant share of the 15 million households that have suitable land/wind resources. The timing for the breakthroughs being pursued by this project is ideal, as incentives similar to those offered for residential solar installations are being offered for RWTs. By substantially reducing the final market barriers of high cost and low reliability, this project will have a significant market advantage and will produce a next-generation wind-power technology that will allow individual households to make significant contributions to national energy independence and security.

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