Horacio Alberto Melo Torres
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Nuovo Wind is a personal wind turbine startup company based in Florida which provides ultra-low cost and genetically optimized fabric wind turbines at 3 to 10 times lower prices than any competitor in the market. In current technology wind energy is generated by wind farms in locations with strong and continuous winds, using wind turbines optimized for these optimal and high energy locations. Unfortunately the majority of the population in the United States (and the world in general) does not live near these big wind farms and in fact a considerable amount of people in Africa and Asia still live in villages which are not connected by the power grid. All of the existing small wind turbine solutions which are tremendously expensive are restricted to upper section of the society. Nuovo Wind turbines are more compact and lighter than conventional wind turbines allowing them to be deployed where the power is needed. The generators are optimized to produce power in sub-optimal (gusty variable) wind conditions and are coupled with power storage and smart controllers that can take advantage the electric power rate differential between peak and non-peak hours. Nuovo Wind’s IP has been evaluated in simulation and wind tunnel testing of scale models is in progress. A full scale prototype has been constructed demonstrating the unique capabilities of fabric blades coupled with rib structure. Overall Nuovo Wind turbine offers a breakthrough fabric wind turbine which brings down the capital cost significantly. The average person can now afford wind turbines and power their homes with free energy while reducing their carbon foot print.