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10.27 First U.S. Company to License Disruptive Wind Power Technology

SheerWind INVELOX Wind Funnel Power Generation Expands to include South Dakota

SheerWind, a Minnesota USA based wind-power innovator, has signed a licensing agreement with Mark Luke Wind Energy, LLC, a division of a diverse construction and development company that will allow SheerWind’s INVELOX(™) wind-power generating systems to be marketed and deployed in the South Dakota.

The agreement is SheerWind’s first in the United States and sixth globally. Mark Luke Companies, located in Sioux Falls is introducing SheerWind’s technology under their renewables division.

SheerWind’s technology is a cost-effective, high-performance alternative to conventional wind technology. By capturing, concentrating, accelerating, and harvesting wind power in a funnel system called INVELOX (for INcreased VELocity). Its multi-patented INVELOX technology turns traditional wind power systems upside down by first using a funnel to collect the wind, channeling that wind to increase its speed, and then delivering it efficiently to multiple turbines safely housed at ground level. Allowing the energy to be produced from record low wind speeds of 2 meters per second in locations close to the end user—even on rooftops in urban areas—eliminating complex power and grid systems. Shrinking the size of the turbine blades, eliminating complex systems, and harvesting at ground level all equate to cost savings, environmental safety, and profitable output.

As the fifth-windiest state, South Dakota is one of the top 10 fastest-growing wind energy producers in the U.S. with over 550 giant turbines already dotting the farmland. INVELOX allows wind power generation in urban areas close to end user with no hazardous low-frequency noise or flicker. Not to mention safe for birds and bats.

“We are ready to make South Dakota a leader for wind power generation in this country. Integrating INVELOX into buildings is a solution that makes our business stand out,” said Mark Luke, the CEO of Mark Luke Companies. “We are excited to provide a needed solution for renewables while providing new opportunities for local communities.”

“We are thrilled to have our neighbor South Dakota as the first SheerWind HUB in the United States. Mark and his team are visionaries that get things done,” said Steve Faber, Chief Sales Officer of SheerWind “We look forward to working with them to strategically install INVELOX systems and begin
to change the landscape of renewable energy in the U.S.”

 

 

 

5.24   2.2 Megawatt Industry-Changing INVELOX Wind Power Breaks Ground in China

 

SheerWind’s wind funnel innovation supports renewable energy initiatives

SheerWind’s authorized distribution HUB SheerWindChina broke ground last week for the largest INVELOX(™) system to date. The Chaska-based wind-power innovator, SheerWind, was pleased to get the news and is looking forward to working closely with its China HUB during the construction, scheduled for completion in October 2016. The event took place in collaboration with Hengshui City Agricultural Science and Technology Company.

SheerWindChina will use this system as a demonstration aimed at establishing, optimizing and verifying the technical parameters of the wind power generation system. Construction of the world’s first 100MW wind farm power industrial park is scheduled to follow in the next year.

“This project will deliver substantial and long-term local economic and environmental benefits,” said Li Yang Shi, the CEO of SheerWindChina. “Not only will it be the first INVELOX wind energy system in China, it is the beginning of a revolution in clean power generation and is aligned with the joint efforts by China and the United States on climate change, contributing to the enduring legacy of the partnership between our two countries.”

Facts:
The INVELOX will have a height of 45 meters
3 turbines with 5-meter rotor blades
Expected annual energy production over 10 million KWH

The INVELOX technology is a cost-effective, high-performance alternative to conventional wind technology.
Employing a funnel system that captures the wind and brings it to ground-level turbines and rotors for safer, easier, and

cheaper operation and maintenance. Enclosed turbine
benefits include no harm to birds or humans, far less
maintenance, and greater electrical production per dollar invested than conventional systems.

China has rapidly become a global leader in wind energy, with nearly 109GW of wind power capacity last year, a 28% increase year on year, according to the National Energy Administration. Although abundant, current wind projects in China face challenges as the windiest areas are far from populations. Existing wind farms are struggling to incorporate into the grid. Low capacity factors (amount of energy produced) that range from 2,000 to 3,000 hours per year add to the challenge. SheerWind’s technology has an expected capacity factor of over 6,000 hours per year and can be safely located in urban, industrial, or agricultural areas where power is needed.

“Breaking ground on China’s first INVELOX is a perfect demonstration of their commitment to renewable, clean energy. SheerWindChina’s dedicated team has made strides in development and implementation of INVELOX. We look forward to this prosperous relationship that benefits both our countries while supporting current environmental initiatives,” said Daryoush Allaei, CEO of SheerWind.

About SheerWind: Founded in 2010 in Chaska, MN,
SheerWind is changing the course of power generation. With its patented INVELOX technology, SheerWind is
poised to turn wind power into a major energy source for the globe with licensed manufacturing and distribution HUBS in operation in the United States, New Zealand, Denmark, Middle East and now China.

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2.16  Minnesota’s SheerWind selected by U.S. largest cleantech accelerator

Energy Excelerator, a global energy advancement leader, adds innovator SheerWind as a 2016 cohort.

SheerWind, a Minnesota USA based wind-power innovator, was chosen and vetted from over 300 applicants across the U.S. SheerWind is among 14 to represent some of the most promising cleantech companies in the field. To help Hawaii with its aggressive goal of transition to 100% renewable energy by 2045, Energy Excelerator takes a systems approach, including companies from renewable energy to cyber security.

SheerWind’s technology is a cost-effective, high-performance alternative to conventional wind technology. By capturing, concentrating, accelerating, and harvesting wind power in a funnel system called INVELOX (for INcreased VELocity). The multi-patented technology turns traditional wind power systems upside down by using a funnel to collect wind, channeling that wind to increase its speed, and then delivering it efficiently to multiple turbines safely housed on the ground. This means wind energy can be produced from record low wind speeds of 2 meters per second in locations close to consumers—even on rooftops in urban areas—eliminating complex power and grid systems. Shrinking the turbine blades by 89%, eliminating complex mechanical systems, and harvesting power at ground level all equate to cost savings, environmental safety, and profitable output.

“SheerWind is Energy Excelerator’s first wind company,” says Dawn Lippert, Director and Co-founder of Energy Excelerator. “We’re betting on SheerWind because their bird-friendly, inexpensive, and easy-to-install technology has the potential to scale successfully in Hawaii and other markets.”

To date, Energy Excelerator has awarded $15M to 43 portfolio companies that address critical problems in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific. Portfolio companies have gone on to raise $223M in follow-on funding and scale their Energy Excelerator demonstration projects to larger markets. Energy Excelerator’s dual-track program is primarily funded by U.S. Office of Naval Research, U.S. Department of Energy, the State of Hawaii, and its corporate sponsors, GE Ventures, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Blackstone Charitable Foundation, DENSO, and Mathworks.

“SheerWind is pleased to have been selected by Energy Excelerator. They have already been a great catalyst for connecting with potential partners and investors,” said Mark Borman, the CFO of SheerWind. “We look forward to the benefits the Energy Excelerator program and its network provide in the months to come.”

1.16  SheerWind is pleased to be an Energy Excelerator 2016 Cohort

Energy Excelerator, the nation’s largest cleantech accelerator, is announcing its newest cohort of companies. These companies – from water tech to solar to cybersecurity – represent part of the critical innovation ecosystem that is helping Hawaii reach its goal of 100% renewables by 2045, the first state to
set such an aggressive goal. Chosen and vetted from hundreds of applicants from across the U.S., these companies represent some of the most promising cleantech companies in the field. To help Hawaii and markets beyond transition to a 100% renewable energy, Energy Excelerator takes a systems approach, and this cohort is the first to include water and cybersecurity companies.
“2015 was a big year for energy innovation. The tech community, corporates, and governments agreed that innovation is ‘mission critical’ to reaching our global clean energy goals,” says Dawn Lippert, Director and Co-founder of Energy Excelerator. “It’s exciting to be in Hawaii, at the center of it all, where
innovation and deployment meet.”
With the backing of the US Navy, Department of Energy, GE Ventures and more, Energy Excelerator now has 43 companies in its portfolio and is expanding its tech deployment network deeper into Asia. They recently announced a partnership with New Zealand’s largest utility, Vector.
Energy Excelerator is one of the most active investors in cleantech – it selects and funds, up to $1M, 15 companies per year out of a pool of 300 applicants. To date, Energy Excelerator has awarded about $15M to 32 portfolio companies. Those companies have gone on to raise over $223M in follow-on funding and launch 14 demonstration projects in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific. Just as this cohort is being announced, applications for next year’s class are being prepared and will open on April 25.
About the 2016 Cohort:
Cybersecurity
(GTM) Lastwall protects companies against cyber-crime through a cloud-based platform.
Energy Efficiency
(Demo) Pono Home offers a comprehensive greening service that recommends and implements steps toward a more energy and water efficient home.
(Demo) Carbon Lighthouse’s software delivers wholebuilding energy efficiency, ten times cheaper than traditional methods.
(Demo) PlotWatt is a cloud-based energy disaggregation company that translates smart meter data into actionable insights for end customers.
Finance
(Demo) T-REX helps large financial institutions invest in renewables through a risk and return analysis software.
Grid + Storage
(Demo) Geli provides software and business solutions to design, connect, and operate energy storage and microgrid systems.
(GTM) UtilityAPI’s software gathers and cleans data so it’s easy for new energy companies to complete customer proposals, finance their projects, and manage their customers after installation.
Solar
(Demo) Blue Pillar connects any behind-the-meter asset (one-site energy generation, storage, inverters, etc.) into a centralized energy management platform for single and multi-site facilities.
(Demo) Edisun makes low-cost concentrated solar power with built-in storage, using rocks as a storage medium.
(GTM) Autowatts helps non-solar professionals (like car dealers, realtors, and tax advisors) offer residential systems to their clients.
Transportation
(GTM) WaySine connects passengers to real-time transit information with low-cost LCD signs.
Water
(GTM) GOmeter enables water usage monitoring and conservation without smart meter upgrades
(Demo) WaterSmart helps utilities engage with customers to save water and money through an online platform.
Wind
(GTM) SheerWind develops low-cost, high-performing wind power generation systems that is proven to function safely in populated areas.
About EEx:
Energy Excelerator is a startup program dedicated to helping solve the world’s energy challenges, starting in Hawaii. The program helps innovative companies with funding up to $1M, strategic relationships, and a vibrant ecosystem of partners. To date, they have awarded $15M to 43 portfolio companies and launched 14 demonstration projects in Hawaii and the Asia
Pacific. Portfolio companies have gone on to raise $223M in follow-on funding and scale their Energy Excelerator demonstration projects to larger markets. Energy Excelerator’s dual-track program is primarily funded by U.S. Office of Naval Research, U.S. Department of Energy, the State of Hawaii, and its corporate sponsors, GE Ventures, Hawaiian Electric Industries,
Blackstone Charitable Foundation, DENSO, and Mathworks. Energy Excelerator operates as a non-profit program, part of Pacific International Center for High Technology Research. For more information, please visit www.energyexcelerator.com.
Media contacts:
Lauren Tonokawa lauren@energyexcelerator.com (808) 554-6404
Ryan Kushner ryankushner@gmail.com (323) 309-1474

 

1.16 Netherland Investment Company to Manufacture and Distribute SheerWind Technology

SheerWind’s Industry-changing INVELOX Wind Funnel Power Generation Expands in European Market

SheerWind, a Minnesota USA based wind-power innovator, has signed a licensing agreement with Reikon Beheer, a diverse investment company that will allow SheerWind’s INVELOX(™) wind-power generating systems to be marketed and deployed in the Netherlands.

The agreement is SheerWind’s second in Europe and fifth globally allowing its technology to further expand worldwide. Reikon Beheer is introducing SheerWind’s technology under the name NedPower SWH to customers in the Netherlands and expects its first pilot project to be under construction in the first quarter of 2016.

SheerWind’s technology is a cost-effective, high-performance alternative to conventional wind technology. By capturing, concentrating, accelerating, and harvesting wind power in a funnel system called INVELOX (for INcreased VELocity). Its multi-patented INVELOX technology turns traditional wind power systems upside down by first using a funnel to collect wind, channeling that wind to increase its speed, and then delivering it efficiently to multiple turbines safely covered on the ground. This means wind energy can be produced from record low wind speeds of 2 meters per second in locations close to the end user—even on rooftops in urban areas—eliminating complex power and grid systems. Shrinking the size of the turbine blades, eliminating complex systems, and harvesting at ground level all equate to cost savings, environmental safety, and profitable output.

While the Senate in the Netherlands recently stalled progress on a 3.5 GW offshore wind plan, NedPower SWH is working to bring wind power generation to city rooftops, allowing wind power production close to the end user eliminating the vast expense involved in grid system connections for offshore power generation.

“The Netherlands has a long history with wind technology, but is behind schedule to reach the goal of 14% renewable energy by 2020. I believe that INVELOX is THE solution to make this impossible goal possible.” said Huibert Uittenbogaard, the CEO of NedPower SWH. “As we have with our other companies, we look forward to providing a needed solution for our country while providing new opportunities for our communities.”

“It has been a pleasure working with Huibert and his team,” said Steve Faber, CSO of SheerWind “Their business track record is outstanding. We look forward to working with NedPower SWH to strategically install INVELOX systems to change the landscape of renewable energy in the Netherlands.”

 

11.15  SheerWind a U.S. Wind-Power Technology Company Signs Licensing Agreement with China Development Group

SheerWind’s industry-changing INVELOX wind funnel technology is expanding in China market– SheerWind, a Chaska, Minn., based wind-power innovator, has signed a licensing agreement to allow its technology to be marketed and deployed in China.
The agreement will enable wind energy developer SheerWindChina to introduce SheerWind’s INVELOX(™) wind delivery system to potential customers in China. The authorized distribution HUB, based in Chang Sha City, HuNan Province, will be the first company to market SheerWind’s technology in far east. With multiple Chinese customers already in negotiations, installation of two (200kW) rooftop and (1MW) ground-based INVELOX system is expected within 2016.
The INVELOX technology is a cost-effective, high-performance alternative to conventional wind technology. Employing a funnel system that captures the wind and brings it to ground-level turbines and rotors for safer, easier and cheaper operation and maintenance. Enclosed turbine benefits include no harm to birds or humans, far less maintenance, and greater electrical production per dollar invested than conventional systems.
China has rapidly become a global leader in wind energy, with nearly 109GW of wind power capacity by September, a 28% increase year on year, according to the National Energy Administration. Although abundant,  current wind projects in China face challenges as the windiest areas are far from populations. Existing wind farms are struggling to incorporate into the grid. In addition, low capacity factors (amount of energy produced) that range from 2,000 to 3,000 hours per year add to the challenge. SheerWind’s technology has an expected capacity factor of over 6,000 hours per year and can be located in urban areas where power is needed.
SheerWind’s INVELOX allows wind power generation close to the end user—even incorporated into buildings—eliminating the need for long distance grid distribution systems.
“China has embraced renewable energy in the last 20 years, we are pleased to be offering an alternative wind power system that is much more efficient, cost effective and safe.” said Li Yang Shi (时力洋), the CEO of SheerWindChina. “We plan to market this innovative solution to advance our country’s commitment to cleaner power generation.”
“SheerWind is happy to have China join our mission to provide affordable, sustainable electrical energy to anyone, anywhere. This further validates our global efforts and we look forward to a prosperous relationship that benefits both our countries while supporting current environmental initiatives,” said Daryoush Allaei, founder of SheerWind.

 

7.15 The Nature Conservancy Installs Bird Safe Wind Power
SheerWind’s wind power funnel is generating on bird sanctuary, Palmyra Atoll

Minneapolis – The Nature Conservancy has completed its first phase of installation of SheerWind’s INVELOX funnel-based wind power technology. Because Palmyra is home to a national wildlife refuge and more than a million nesting seabirds, conventional wind turbines were not an option due to the risk of bird strikes. What’s more, the low wind speeds on the island would provide little to no energy production with traditional turbines.

The Conservancy turned to the Minnesota firm SheerWind to design the system resembling an hourglass turned on its side. Extending 83 feet horizontally with a big wind scoop at one end, an exhaust on the other, a Venturi section in the middle increases wind speed potentially three to six times. Nets over the intake and enclosed blades keep it bird friendly. The first phase of the installation includes a single turbine inside the Venturi, allowing for two additional to be installed in the near future.

The first phase of the INVELOX project is successfully charging batteries at night and on cloudy days to supplement the photovoltaic system also installed on Palmyra.

“With a goal to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, SheerWind’s INVELOX was the only viable solution for the multiple restrictions including height, wind speeds, and of course bird populations. This solution works and helped bring the goal to reduce fossil fuel use a reality.” Said The Nature Conservancy’s David Sellers, who is the driving force behind the design solution and details of the INVELOX installation.

Palmyra Atoll is located 1,000 miles south of Hawaii in the vast equatorial Pacific, and hosts spectacular coral reef and tropical island ecosystems, but is a challenge for humans to inhabit. There are no commercial flights to this remote outpost, which is co-owned and managed as a scientific research station and national wildlife refuge by The Nature Conservancy and The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Until the recent installation of wind and solar, Palmyra was run on diesel fuel generators. These installations reduced its dependence on fossil fuels by 95%.

“We are grateful for David Sellers and The Nature Conservancy’s commitment to installing the first commercial system in an extremely challenging location. We are pleased we were able to contribute to this important achievement and hope this is an example to be duplicated globally.” Said Dr. Daryoush Allaei, founder and CTO of SheerWind.

SheerWind has developed a new-aged wind power generation system that produces more electrical energy efficiency at roughly 75 percent of the cost of traditional turbines. The technology is safe for humans and wildlife, requires less maintenance than conventional wind systems, and produces more electricity per dollar invested than conventional systems. The funnel-driven system captures the wind and brings it to ground-level turbines and blades for safer, easier and cheaper operation and maintenance.

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