A new start up company called FloDesign Wind Turbine has not only won several MIT awards totaling $300k in recent weeks but quite possibly the funding of notable Venture Capitalists Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Bayers, apparently represented by Al Gore
The FloDesign wind turbine which looks like the front of a jet engine is claimed to be 3-4 times more efficient than the current exposed blade turbines, operating well in both low and high wind conditions.
These units as proposed can be assembled on site rather than trucked in pieces which will lower shipping costs.
Are much smaller, allowing them to be placed much closer together and allowing greater power generation/area.
I would assume the smaller size should also reduce the amount of resources needed to manufacture the turbines and the masts, it all looks pretty encouraging.
There is a good write up here and another with a decent video here
This definitely just a start up firm, (example: their web site is a just a picture with a contact link),but if they do have funding and can make this work as projected they will be huge. They even have orders pending, provided they meet performance and development goals.Recommend this Post
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Posted by Kubera Jones, AKA several other guys. at 3:01 PM