Beaverton, OR 97005, USAlternative & Renewable Energywww.ewindsolutions.com
eWind is developing a cost-effective airborne wind energy system (AWES) – that utilizes a tethered energy device (TED) to access more consistent, reliable winds at higher altitudes than those reached by traditional wind turbines. 1.2 Billion People Are Without Access To Electricity. That’s a staggering number.In response to this problem, many countries, including the US, are forming energy policies that will focus on the increased development of renewable energy technologies. AWE, known as Airborne Wind Energy, is one such technology that is gaining recognition as an alternative renewable source for power generation because winds at altitude are consistent and accessible across the globe.AWE allows us to tap into wind resources that are not feasible for traditional systems. Airborne wind has an advantage over those traditional wind turbines because the AWE system can reach higher altitudes thus accessing more reliable winds and producing up to 4X more power. AWE technology can be portable which alleviates the need for a concrete base, a tower, and a significant capital investment in the overall traditional system. AWE isn’t a new concept but is now feasible due to advancements in composite materials and GPS guided instrumentation. eWind is developing a cost-effective airborne wind energy system (AWES) – a wind energy generation system that uses flying drones to access more consistent, reliable winds at higher altitudes than those reached by traditional wind turbines. The drones fly within the wind, pull on a tether, and turn a generator on the ground to produce electricity.Our first generation system is scaled for use on farms and will produce 10kW (peak) and 40,000 kWh annually (average). That’s enough for a farming operation or about 5 American homes all from one device that fits on the back of a pickup truck! We are currently in the product development and testing stage and have a functional prototype system. Once our system is commercially available, we'll take this technology to developing nations, areas for disaster recovery, refugee camps, any place in the world where a portable energy system can be installed to provide reliable energy to the 1.2 billion without access.
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CEO/Founder eWind Solutions, Inc. - Former Director of Mechanical Engineering & Chief New Product Architect, Xerox Corporation. (17 years) Principal Mechanical Engineer - IBM (13 years) B.S. Mechanical Engineering from RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology).
Director Of Systems Integration - eWind Solutions, Inc. - Former Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Curtiss-Wright (formerly Williams Controls). M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - UC-Davis; B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering w/ Honors, University of Iowa; B.S. in Exercise Science, University of Iowa.
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Business Oregon's approach to traditional business development is anything but traditional. We focus first on supporting the retention and expansion of existing Oregon businesses within traded sectors and foster a dynamic startup and entrepreneurial environment. We then work with companies outside the state to come to Oregon and fill supply chain gaps and grow existing industry clusters.
USDA/NIFA has awarded 800k in SBIR grant funding to date. eWind has received three SBIR grants for research and development.
Oregon BEST nurtures clean technology innovation by transforming new ideas, research, and products into green collar jobs, greater sustainability, and economic prosperity for Oregon. We were founded in 2007 as the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center, Inc (Oregon BEST) – an independent nonprofit. We provide leadership and leverage our expertise, resources, and relationships to achieve impact beyond our scale. - See more at: http://oregonbest.org/about-us/#sthash.GDP5tjXE.dpuf
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