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Published on January 26th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan


Wind Turbines based on Jet Engines 3-4 Times More Efficient & Coming to Market? [VIDEO]

January 26th, 2010 by  

FloDesign, an R&D start-up in the US that has created a wind turbine design based on jet engine technology, just secured $34.5 million to help begin commercial development of its turbines. Lars Andersen, former president of Vestas China, has also just been appointed as the company’s CEO.


FloDesign claims that its turbines are 3-4 times more efficient than traditional open-fan turbines. They have several other beneficial features as well that help economically, environmentally, and in other ways.



Reportedly, FloDesign is “aiming to transform itself from a research and development organisation into a mainstream renewables firm.”

The company claims that its technology, “which forces air through a small hole to create a pressure differential,” has garnered the support of prominent venture investors because of its true potential and efficiency, according to Tom Young of BusinessGreen.

Major venture capital investor Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers led this funding round, and “was joined by a syndicate of three new high-profile investors: a Goldman Sachs managed investment fund, Technology Partners and VantagePoint Venture Partners.” Additionally, the US Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded FloDesign an $8.3 million grant.

The FloDesign wind turbines require much smaller blades and are much easier to manufacture and ship (see video above). Additionally, they can be placed much closer together than traditional wind turbines and they align themselves with the wind like a kite on a string. These are a few of the technology’s unique benefits.

Wind power has been the fastest growing source of energy (renewable or otherwise) recently, but if this technology is as good as FloDesign says, perhaps we will see a much bigger boom in the years to come.

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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