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Vortex: A Wind Energy Generator With No Blades

Imagine a wind turbine but with no blades!

It will need less material, allowing us to provide electricity to more people at a lower cost while leaving a smaller environmental footprint. It won’t kill birds and it won’t make noise. Now stop imagining - here comes Vortex!

What is Vortex?

Vortex is a wind generator without blades. Instead of capturing energy via the rotational motion of a turbine, the Vortex takes advantage of what’s known as vorticity, an aerodynamic effect that occurs when wind breaks against a solid structure (Kármán vortex street). The Vortex structure starts to oscillate, and captures the energy that is produced.

Vortex doesn’t just eliminate the blades. It is deliberately designed to have no parts in contact at all (no gears, linkages, etc). This makes Vortex cheap and easy to maintain.

Basically, it reduces the amount of raw materials used for manufacturing, which cuts the production costs and time to produce the equipment. Further, having no moving parts in contact means that there are really very few things that can break, which extends time between maintenance intervals and allows to have less down time.

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Finally, Vortex is silent, since itoscillates at a frequency that doesn't produce audible noise (it is below 20 Hz) . It is also safer for birds that often suffer from collision with blades.

What are the benefits?

One of the main advantages of VORTEX is its dramatic low cost - it will produce energy at a 40% lower cost than a comparable wind installation. The normalized cost of energy generation ( LCOE ) for a typical onshore facility will be $ 0.035 / kWh (about 35 Euros / MWh ), including capital costs, operation and maintenance, performance, land leases, insurance and other administrative expenses.

This will put the technology at the very low range of capital intensity for such projects, it also will make it highly competitive not only against generations of alternative or renewable energy, but even compared to conventional technologies, as shown in the graph.

The Origin of Vortex Bladeless

One day, David Yáñez questioned the way the wind energy is generated. He found another promising way to generate energy from wind. The idea was born.

Months later, David shared his idea with his business partner Raúl Martín, and he became the first person to believe in the idea. The dream was born.

But the dream team wasn't complete. This happened when David Suriol joined the team. There was, probably, a 3% chance of success, but they believed in it and went to work! The project was born.

It all started back in 2002, when David first saw a video of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge swaying and oscillating in wind. The structure got caught up in aeroelastic coupling and collapsed under influence of  the wind. This disaster is still a topic among engineers and scientists discussing the aeroelastic flutter and continues to motivate their research.

Team behind Vortex. 

In 2011, they started working on the idea more seriously, and went for a very memorable meeting with an engineering firm in Spain to discuss the idea.

In 2012, Vortex got a substantial grant to develop the technology, and they never looked back. Today they have finalized wind tunnel tests, the deep R&D is done, and have a working prototype!

In 2014, team started the first field test in Gotarrendura (Avila, Spain). They are continuously improving our prototype

In April 2015 Vortex has relocated to Boston to take advantage of the nourishing cleantech innovation ecosystem. they have formed an American Advisory Board with representatives from Harvard University (Chan School of Public Health), IDEO, TerraForm Power (SunEdison Group) and Dat Venture.
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