Feasibility Demonstration of a Wind Energy Glider for Renewable Energy at Small and Mid-sized Farms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2012-00298
Agency Tracking Number: 2012-00298
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.12
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003497
Small Business Information
164 Market Street #197, Charleston, SC, 29401
DUNS: 831378851
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dimitri Cherny
 (843) 695-7118
Business Contact
 Ursula Schwuttke
Title: Vice President, Business Development
Phone: (954) 292-4498
Email: ursula@highestwind.com
Research Institution
Small and mid-sized farms continue to struggle to increase profits and reduce fixed costs. While renewable energy can have a substantial impact on cost reduction, only a small fraction of US farms have enough wind to benefit from wind turbines. However, 1000 feet above the ground, at least half of US farms have average wind speeds sufficient to cost-effectively produce energy. Our vision is for a wind energy system that cost-effectively harvests high-altitude winds and provides distributed, renewable energy for farms. The Energy Glider system will arrive at a farm in a small car-towable trailer. The trailer is anchored to the ground and connected to the local electrical system. In a matter of hours, the system is assembled and powered on, and a tethered glider is launched into the air. The glider then begins an automated cycle of ascent and descent - pulling the tether with each ascent to spin a generator on the ground - and produce standard grid-quality electricity that meets a substantial fraction of the electrical needs of a typical small farm. This project is intended to prove both the technical feasibility of such a system and determine beyond our initial informal survey, if US farmers are willing to pay for such a system.

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