Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:00 am - Seminar: Cost Effective Harvesting of the Wind Power (Expired)

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM 
Place: ED 114
Topic: Cost Effective Harvesting of the Wind Power

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Daryoush Allaei
Founder and President, SheerWind Inc. 


In 2008, Dr. Allaei was thinking about wind power from the standpoint of maintenance, because heavy, tower-mounted turbines, which typically contain more than 8,000 parts, need a lot of it, and it’s tremendously expensive. In keeping with his succinct engineering philosophy—“Look at a problem. I don’t care how you’re currently solving it, it’s wrong”—he began to question the rotating blade model on which the entire wind power industry is based. He began to imagine something very different. What if you could scoop the air?
he wondered. Scoop it and move it downward, amplifying its kinetic energy along the way, concentrate it to a single point of intensity, the way a magnifying glass concentrates sunlight to a single incendiary point? And assuming you could do this technically, could you do it on a large enough scale to make it economically feasible? More to the point, could you generate energy so inexpensively that the stage would be set for an economic renaissance?

In this presentation, Dr. Allaei will describe his new method for generating power from wind and its potential benefits.

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