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|This is artist drawing, supplied by Flo Design Wind Turbine Corp. of Whilbraham, showing what the turbines the company is designing will look like. Department of Energy on Monday awarded $8.3 million to FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp., the developers of an innovative compact wind turbine shaped like a jet engine.
The project of the Wilbraham based company was among 37 nationwide and six in Massachusetts to receive funding totaling $151 million from the department Advanced Research Projects Agency. The agency mission is to develop potential breakthrough energy technologies.
FloDesign received the third highest funding of the 37 projects. Department officials said they selected the winners from an initial pool of more than 3,600 candidates.
In 2008, FloDesign won the inaugural $200,000 MIT Clean Energy Entrepreneurship Prize as well as an additional $100,000 in the Ignite Clean Energy competition. Instead of long oar like blades, FloDesign turbine relies on the type of short blades in a circular array found in a jet engine.
demonstrated the performance and efficiency of our turbine at MIT. One of our machines of half the diameter of traditional blade turbines can extract the same power out of the wind, said Stanley Kowalski III, the company chief executive officer.
In announcing the selections, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said: World War II, America was the unrivaled leader in basic and applied sciences. It was this leadership that led to enormous technological advances. to spur the next Industrial Revolution in clean energy technologies, creating thousands of new jobs and helping cut carbon pollution.
The department called FloDesign turbine new high efficiency shrouded wind turbine able to deliver significantly more energy per unit of swept area.
FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp. was spun off from FloDesign Inc., which was founded in 1990 as a research and development company that adapts aerospace technologies to develop new products.
Kowalski said the company, located on Main Street, currently employs about 20 people and expects to expand to more than 75 by the end of 2010. The jobs to be added will primarily be engineering jobs, he said.
next newsworthy event for us is the installation of our prototype, somewhere in Western Massachusetts we hope. We evaluating sites right now, he said.
Among the locations being considered for the 150 kilowatt demonstration turbine is the ridge line of Mount Tom, he said.
the best sites in New England are ridge lines or offshore. Our turbine is uniquely sized to handle those kinds of sites. You can fit it on a truck and you can carry it places you can go with a traditional turbine, he said.
Other projects that won awards from the Department of Energy Monday include a liquid metal battery developed at MIT that has the potential to significantly lower the cost of storing a large amount of electricity, and a project developed at University of Minnesota in which a flow of gasoline is produced directly from sunlight and carbon dioxide using a symbiotic system of two organisms, one that converts sunlight to sugars and another that converts the sugars to biofuel.