The Spanish start-up, founded in 2013, developed a wind turbine that generate energy based on the phenomenon called vortex shedding. The idea came from the inventor and founder of the company when observed the effects of the resonance phenomenon on the Tacoma Bridge, in USA. Since then, the company has focussed in the development of a system to harnesses wind energy based on this phenomenon, winner of a SME instrument phase 2 and other international and national prizes.
The result was a ground-breaking turbine without blades, formed by a few parts without gears, noiseless when it is operating, and with a low impact on bird's population according to a study developed by a relevant environmental organization. The design of the device was performed using simulations in collaboration with partners expert in fluids dynamics modelling and tailored applications, and partners with supercomputing capacities.
The technology offered so far is capable to produce clean energy from low speed winds based on the interaction of the wind and the device (geometrical design patented). The vortices created induce the oscillation of the device in a controlled manner based on the aerostatic resonance phenomena (system patented), movement that is eventually transformed into electricity (alternators under patents). The system is designed to include parts without gears, reducing the operational and maintenance works and costs.
The 2, 75 meters prototype can be used connected to the grid or as a stand-alone system capable to generate energy in isolated environments (road signs, wells in farms, opening of fences in rural areas, lighting of beacons in coastal areas, etc.) and in urban areas (recharging points for bikes or electric cars, streetlights in parks, information panels at bus stops, etc.). The device is capable to provide energy for self-consumption and combined with solar panels (in particular photovoltaic systems) could meet the load demands in a reliable manner.
The company is looking for partners to implement improvements to the device (materials, components, etc.), and test it at different environments or to different applications. The project is expected to length 3 years and the partnership sought is a technical cooperation agreement or a research cooperation agreement to apply to European programmes (i.e. eurostars).
Also, they seeks industrial partners for manufacturing the device in a large series and launching the product to the market, in this part investors are welcome. The partnerships sought are manufacturing agreement and financial agreement.