STTR Phase I: Havesting Hydrokinetic Energy Using Vortex Induced Vibration and Fish Biomimetics: 1-5 kW System Development

Period of Performance: 01/01/2008 - 12/31/2008

$150K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Vortex Hydro Energy LLC
330 East Liberty, Lower Level
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

University of Michigan
3003 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Institution POC

Abstract

This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project will transition an innovative 1-5 kW energy generating system from the University of Michigan (UM) Marine Renewable Energy Laboratory (MRELab) towards the commercial market place. The system is based on a system of cylinders that are made to oscillate by water currents at velocities as low as 1-2 knots (water turbines require 5-7 knots). It is through this mechanism that the converter harvests the hydrokinetic energy. This project, if successful, will yield a new means of harvesting energy from low velocity currents. Additionally, this system is believed to have fewer impacts on aquatic wildlife than turbine based systems.