•ENVIROTHINK Unique and more effective wind turbines gaining popularity around the world

Wind energy is a growing industry, with wind turbines springing up across the country. As useful as wind energy is, it has a serious downside.

Bird mortality – the large number of birds killed by the slow spinning turbine blades – has been an underreported yet critical problem. Although the exact number of bird kills is difficult to pin down, the Smithsonian’s Smart News estimated that between 140,000 and 328,000 birds die each year from collisions with wind turbines. And, it reported, taller wind turbines, while more energy efficient, offer a greater risk of collisions and fatalities.

Sheer Wind completed INVELOX wind tunnel

Since that post, the company has expanded its reach, with projects and installations around the world, These include installations in Florida, The Nature Conservancy’s bird sanctuary Palmyra Atoll and multiple installations for the U.S. Army. Last month, the company’s authorized distribution HUB SheerWindChina broke ground in China for the largest INVELOX system to date – a 2.2 megawatt funnel that will include 3 turbines that are expected to have an annual energy production of over 10 million KWH.

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• Greentech Media: 6 Cleantech Startups Making Waves in Hawaii

Energy Excelerator launched in January 2013 with a mission to help startups solve the world’s energy challenges. That mission is now well underway with a third cohort of companies working its way through the Hawaii-based incubator’s program.

Over the past three years, Energy Excelerator, or EEx, has mobilized $15 million in funding to support 42 different companies that have gone on to raise another $227 million in follow-on funding. Over the next 18 months, these companies plan to raise more than $240 million in new investment.

“It’s not easy being an entrepreneur, especially in [the energy] field,” said Dawn Lippert, director of EEx, in a recent interview. “But the problems are huge, and I personally feel like the most exciting and positive way to impact climate change is by funding startups that are impacting the energy space.”

“Invelox trades speed for size by capturing wind, increasing its speed and delivery to a turbines under much better conditions, reinventing wind power generation,” said Allaei.

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• Hawaii leads the Energy Revolution SheerWind- a Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine

• DEIF WIND POWER Control System Design for SheerWind INVELOX

SheerWind’s patented INVELOX  system is based on new future wind technology for developing the highest performing and most cost effective power generation. DEIF Wind Power Technology developed the electrical concept of an integrated and scalable solution and control strategy for INVELOX system. Instead of the standard three-bladed wind turbine on high tower, SheerWind’s concept builds on the approach of collecting airflow and speed control for effective power generation on ground. The INVELOX is to be installed with DEIF control system in more than 35 countries in 2016. Read more

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• WINDPOWER ENGINEERING Energy Excelerator adds SheerWind to its clean-energy portfolio

 

Energy Excelerator, the nation’s largest clean-tech accelerator, recently announced its latest cohort of companies to help meet its clean energy goals. Chosen and vetted from hundreds of applicants from across the U.S., wind developer SheerWind has made this list.

The companies, including wind, solar, and cyber security innovators, 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.

With the backing of the U.S. Navy, Department of Energy, GE Ventures, and other organizations, Energy Excelerator now has 43 companies in its portfolio and is expanding its tech deployment network deeper into Asia. The company also announced a partnership with New Zealand’s largest utility, Vector.

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•RENEWS SheerWind Goes Dutch

Dutch company Reikon Beheer is to market and deploy SheerWind’s Invelox wind power generating systems in the Netherlands.

The licensing agreement is US company SheerWind’s second in Europe and fifth globally allowing its technology to further expand worldwide.

Reikon Beheer will introduce 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.

The INVELOX system collects wind in a funnel system that aims to increase its speed before delivering it to multiple turbines.

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• SheerWind a Disruptive Wind Power Technology Company Investor Opportunity

SheerWind a Disruptive Wind Power Technology Company  Investor Opportunity to Impact Expanding Global Growth

SheerWind, the developer and licensor of the patented INVELOX wind funnel technology,
is seeking growth funding to meet expanding global demand for its clean, affordable electricity systems

Minneapolis, MN As SheerWind, Inc. is nearing completion of a 200 kW INVELOX(™) pilot project for Army National Guard-Michigan and is breaking ground for another in Florida for Tampa Electric, the Company is seeking qualified accredited Investors for growth funding. Funds will be used to meet increasing global demand for commercialization and delivery of its INVELOX technology. SheerWind is successfully executing its strategy of licensing its patented INVELOX technology worldwide. 5 global distribution Hubs have been licensed
to date: China, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the Middle East. Each with multiple INVELOX projects in development for 2016–17 totaling over 337MW. The China Hub for example, is focused on community and utility scale INVELOX systems in 2016 with plans for 300MW the following year. The Netherlands Hub is developing roof-top units with plans for producing a 25MW utility-scale wind power plant within the next two years.

Recent headlines put the quest for renewable energy to help climate change at the forefront. Demand for wind power installation solutions has been on the rise around the globe. Traditional wind power systems have limitations due to massive equipment, inadequate winds and safety issues. Siting has been limited to farmland, desolate high wind regions (often in bird migration paths) and off shore. All requiring complex infrastructure and machinery with a huge cost to produce, construct, maintain, and link to unstable power grids to get the power where it is needed.

We believe SheerWind has a valid piece to add to the renewable energy solution 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 to multiple high-efficiency 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. INVELOX has an exceptional capacity factor of 70–90% (compared to 20-40% for traditional systems) by utilizing both low and high-wind speeds that tower-mounted wind systems cannot operate with.

SheerWind’s strategy includes licensing INVELOX technology rights to qualified companies to sell, manufacture, construct, and commission using local resources. “The idea is to distribute our power generation system to the globe as quickly as possible. By allowing regions to sell and produce a product with local human resources, supply chain and materials it is a win for local people, economy, global climate, SheerWind, and our stakeholders. We are inviting people around the globe to join us to realize our vision of affordable electrical power for all,” Dr. Daryoush Allaei, founder of SheerWind said. “With growth funding, we intend to accelerate conversion of global demand into sales and increase the number of Hub licensees deploying INVELOX systems.”

The International Energy Agency reports that over 1.3 billion people globally are without access to electricity and 2.6 billion people are without clean energy cooking facilities. Reliable, cost-effective energy is key to improving the quality of life in developing nations where there is little or no access to electricity. SheerWind’s INVELOX has the potential to provide wind energy in regions previously limited by low wind speeds, land space, or funds for the required infrastructure of traditional wind systems. Accessible power provides potable water, safe food, health care, communication and transportation options, all creating economic development and enhanced quality of life.

With a goal to add 8–10 more licensed distribution Hubs in 2016, SheerWind expects to play a significant part in the global push for climate friendly energy. “With 20–30 global inquiries a week, with the proper funding, we see this goal as readily attainable,” said Steve Faber, Chief Sales Officer. “We look forward to signing global partners with the common goal of providing clean, affordable energy to those who need it most.”

“We get inquiries weekly from talented people wanting to work with us on our mission to provide sustainable, affordable energy to anyone, anywhere. The growth funding will help us hire the best engineers, project managers and sales team to optimize, design and deliver INVELOX systems to our licensees worldwide, while converting our growing global demand to sales,” added George Manos President.

Accredited investors can find more information on this opportunity at SheerWind.com/investor or emailing invest@sheerwind.com

• GREENTECH LEAD SheerWind seeks investment to commercialize INVELOX tech

SheerWind announced that its INVELOX technology is gaining traction and the company is seeking investment to commercialize the technology. As the company is nearing completion of a 200 kW INVELOX pilot project for Army National Guard-Michigan it has found another customer Tampa Electric in Florida. SheerWind has licensed five global distribution hubs: China, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the Middle …

Source: SheerWind seeks investment to commercialize INVELOX tech

• SheerWind Signs Licensing Agreement with China Development Group

Minneapolis, Minnesota (PRWEB) November 10, 2015 SheerWind, a Chaska, Minn., based wind-power innovator, has signed a licensing agreement to allow its technology to be marketed and deployed in Ch

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

• ENERGY JOURNAL released: INVELOX with multiple wind turbine generator systems

INVELOX with multiple wind turbine generator systems

15 December 2015, Pages 1030–1040
Dr.Daryoush Allaei, SheerWind
Professor Yiannis Andreopoulos, City College of New York
David Tarnowski,  QRDC

HIGHLIGHTS

• Performance of multi stage wind turbines installed in a new wind energy harnessing concept is described.
• Two and three turbines have been considered.
• We carried out field measurements in a prototype.
• Higher power output has been measured in comparison to single wind turbine.
• There is interference among the wind turbines affecting output.

Abstract

INVELOX is a wind delivery system suitable for wind power harnessing. One of its innovative features is its capability of incorporating multiple wind turbine generator systems in the Venturi section. INVELOX captures wind flow through an omnidirectional intake or multi-unidirectional intakes and thereby there is no need for a passive or active yaw control to orient the wind turbine. It accelerates the flow within the Venturi section which is subsequently expanded and released into the ambient environment through a diffuser. This allows for harnessing wind power at multi stages. When two or three turbines are in the Venturi section, the second and third turbine harness the wind power that otherwise cannot be harnessed by the first turbine due to its power conversion limitations. The objective of the present work is to report on measured performance of the system when single, double and triple turbines are placed in the Venturi section. The results show that it is possible to harness wind power using multi-stage turbine configurations and therefore increase the total harnessed power of the system.

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