Month: August 2008

GALTEN

GALTEN

Phone: +972(0)54-646-3233
Kadima 60920
P.O.B 1746
Israel.
info@galtengroup.com

About
Galten realized that controlling “row material” is of major importance as it will be the bottle neck in the coming years. Therefore, we adopted the “seed to Biodiesel” strategy. Galten has the technology to grow hi quality feedstock and produce hi quality product – Biodiesel, meeting all required standards. Galten is committed to become a leading company in the biodiesel arena, by implementing and executing its ambitious plans in the coming years. Galtens’ personel has a long track record and experience in managing and controlling large scale projects.

Since the beginning of 2006 Galtens’ co founders have established the basis and the infrastructure of the company.
After intensive and deep research, Ghana was chosen as the first country for the first biodiesel project. A local company was established headed by Mr. Raymond Okudzeto.

Galten is composed of:
A group of scientist, that are continuously researching and developing the local Jatropha species to continuously improve yield and biodiesel output.
A project management group that execute the control and management of the large scale cultivation.
Galten intends to refine the extracted vegetable oil in the market country.

Technology

Galten’s technology is based on the Jatropha which has been investigated by their group for more then 15 years.  As a result of this long and intensive scientific work Galten is able to cultivate Jatropha – a non edible crop – in large scale on marginal lands (not using agriculture lands) with high yield and high quality vegetable oil that is refined to biodiesel. Galten will continue to improve the Jatropha species with an on going R&D and control the improved species genetically.
Our group of scientists is the most knowledgeable and experienced in Jatropha. The scientific group, from a European university is composed from university professors’ experts in Jatropha, soil experts, breeding experts and has enormous experience in all the scientific aspects of the crop such as the physiology, biochemistry and genetics of the plant.  The scientific group is part of Galten and they are the moderators and executors of the scientific part of the project.

Cleanfield Energy

Cleanfield Energy

1404 Cormorant Road, Unit #6
Ancaster, Ontario
L9G 4V5 CANADA

Phone (905) 304-5223
Toll-Free 1 (866) 430-VAWT
Fax (905) 304-5221

About
Cleanfield Energy™ develops, manufactures, markets and distributes innovative renewable energy products. As organizations, businesses and governments are becoming more aware of environmental concerns, Cleanfield offers economical and green energy solutions to overcome those challenges.

These solutions include the Cleanfield V3.5, a modular vertical-axis wind turbine for residential/agricultural ground mounts, and commercial rooftop or ground mounts. The Cleanfield V3.5 can be mounted on suitable flat rooftops, towers, silos, or poles.

The Cleanfield V3.5 can provide homeowners and businesses with renewable, reliable electricity, emergency backup during blackouts and brownouts, and savings on their utility bills. Those with the vision to try new solutions such as the Cleanfield V3.5 can change an uncertain future. They can free themselves from a dependence on an unsteady electrical grid system and empower themselves with a clean and reliable electricity resource.

Company History

* September 2002 – Cleanfield Energy™ established by cofounders Mihail Stern, Alexander Trica and Tony Verrelli
* November 2002 – University of Timisoara, Romania, commenced Research & Development of Cleanfield’s VAWT in conjunction with our engineering team
* January 2004 – Cleanfield Energy™ commenced testing of the first prototype VAWT
* April 2006 – McMaster University’s Mechanical Engineering Department successfully tested the VAWT at the 9-metre NRC wind tunnel facility in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
* September 2006 – Ownership changed; owners finalized an RTO with Strike Resources, resulting in a name change to Cleanfield Alternative Energy, which became the parent company of Cleanfield Energy™
* September 2006 – Cleanfield Alternative Energy commenced trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol AIR (TSXV-AIR)
* June 2006 – Cleanfield Energy™ held a media release for the offical naming of the commercialzed Cleanfield V3.5
* November 2007 – Cleanfield Energy™ releases a letter of intent (LOI) for the sale of 500 turbines.

Products

Wind

Main structural components:

  • Turbine – composed of three blades, six arms that connect the blades and the shaft, and a shaft (centre post), which connects the arms and the generator. This component converts kinetic wind energy into mechanical rotational energy.
  • Generator – a low-speed direct-connected permanent magnet synchronous generator that converts the rotational mechanical energy of the turbine rotor into electric energy. It produces electricity from the rotation of the turbine rotor after it converts potential energy in the wind into electricity
  • Power electronics including the inverter, controller and diversion (dump) load – these are the technologies associated with the efficient conversion, control and conditioning of electric power by static means from its available input form into the desired electrical output form. The inverter is extremely innovative, as it is tailor-made and programmed specifically for the VAWT, but can be configured to accept additional energy sources (e.g., solar, micro-hydro), creating a hybrid renewable energy system.

Other characteristics include:

  • Controlled electro-mechanical brake – assembled inside the generator
  • Micro-vibrations of the blades to prevent ice buildup
  • The turbine top has provisions for installing a lightning rod
  • Optional batteries can store or provide energy based on the consumer’s use.

Cleanfield Energy™ has developed a 60kW Universal Inverter (UI). The UI has received positive test results to date at the Atlantic Wind Test Site in Prince Edward Island. It was installed at the Wind Energy Institute of Canada (WEICan) in May 2006 and is undergoing testing and evaluation.

The Universal Inverter allows for the development of an inverter product family for wind turbine applications ranging from 30kW to 250kW. The UI can work on a variety of generators, such as induction, synchronous with permanent magnets or field windings, and DC. The UI works with generators with the nominal stator frequency at 50 Hz or 60 Hz and with low-speed direct shaft generators. The UI can deliver the energy produced to a three-phase or single-phase grid or can work in an autonomous system and create its own three-phase or single-phase grid. In all situations, the grid frequency can be 50 Hz or 60 Hz. This variety of applications involves reconfiguration of building blocks and loading of different firmware.

The hardware uses a classical approach of two power converters, one controlling the generator to turn the turbine to an optimal speed (maximum output power) and the second to transfer the energy produced by the generator to the AC line. In situations in which there is a significant difference between the generator’s voltage and the AC voltage, the cost of the application will dictate the use of a transformer between the AC line and the UI or a DC boost or buck-cell between the two power converters.

Using the UI in a wind turbine application produces energy at lower wind speeds. Once the turbine turns, depending on its performances, the inverter can deliver energy to the grid.

The UI has been developed in accordance with international standards in terms of power quality, safety and environment.

Geothermal and Solar Techs will be available in the near future

Abengoa Solar

Abengoa Solar

abengoasolar@abengoa.com

+34 91 330 06 69

Spain

About

At Abengoa, they believe that it is time to create a sustainable model of economic development
The overwhelming weight of scientific opinion is that climate change is a reality. At Abengoa Solar, they believe that it is their responsibility to develop and apply solutions that solve this major problem facing mankind.

Climate change is intensifying weather extremes, such as hurricanes, floods, droughts and desertification, and is radically changing ecosystems. If we do not develop alternatives to existing patterns of energy use, the consequences of climate change will get even worse.

Technology

Concentrated Solar Power

What is CSP energy?

Operating Principle

Solar Radiation Concentration

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Generally speaking, C.S.P. technology is based on solar radiation concentration to produce steam or hot air which could then be used on conventional electric plants. Solar energy capture, which has a relatively low density, is one of the main challenges on the development of solar plants. For concentration, most of the systems use mirrors due to their high reflectivity.

Punctual and Linear Concentration

Punctual and lineal concentration could only benefit from direct radiation, and not from diffuse one as this latter could not be concentrated. Linear concentration is easier to install as it has fewer free degrees, but has a lower concentration factor and, therefore, could reach lower temperatures than punctual technology.

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Types of Technology

Within C.S.P. technology, there exist different types of technology, being the most common tower technology, parabolic trough technology and dish Stirling technology.

Flexible Solar Tech

Flexible Solar Tech

Flexible Solar Cell Technologies
(905)9219566
1280 Main Street West , ITB 102 McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Postal code: L8P4J9
About
This company is collaboration between the McMaster University engineering faculty and the Xerox Centre of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation (XEEI). Our laboratory is located at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Our Team:
Dr Adrian Kitai – Founder – Technology development
Adrian holds over 12 patents and has 25 years of experience in design and assembly of optoelectronic components and systems, including flexible electronic structure. He has designed and built flexible displays and solar cell structures for industrial applications.

Jesika Briones – Co founder – Business Development
Jesika’s educational background includes a bachelor of Engineering in manufacturing with specialization on quality, and she is a Master of engineering entrepreneurship and innovation (MEEI) candidate at McMaster University. Her working experience includes more than 3 years experience on extrusion, technology services and automotive industry sectors.

Wei Zhang – Co founder – Technical Development
Wei has developed the flexible solar cell structures with Adrian Kitai and will complete his Master of Engineering degree in April 2008. He is therefore familiar with the design and manufacturing issues for this project. Wei is co-applicant on a patent pending for this technology.
Board of advisors:
Dr. Rafik Loutfy
Named centre director and the inaugural holder of the Walter G. Booth Chair for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2004. Business executive and entrepreneur. Dr. Loutfy held the position of Corporate Vice President and Director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC). Dr. Loutfy holds more than 43 patents and has published more than 166 articles.

Glen Crossley
Industrial Liaison Officer at McMaster University has 10 years experience developing and commercializing flexible display and solar cell technologies, most recently as the Director of Product Engineering at Photowatt Technologies

Dr. David Potter
Dr. Potter brings several years of experience in the management of industrial research and development. He joined ShawCor Ltd as Manager of the Advanced Technologies Group in 1996. His team was responsible for the assessment of emerging technologies that had the potential to offer significant competitive advantage.

Technology

Their pending patent modules involve three additional proprietary technologies to take commercially available silicon cells and realize a flexible solar cell.

 

  1. Dicing process: Resulting in same conversion efficiency as the original silicon cell.
  2. Contacting method: Reconnecting cells on a flexible substrate. This method unique cost and reliability advantages
  3. Sunlight maximum absorption and recovering: Through proprietary, patent pending processes we recover the light that would be lost between the cells and enhance the absorption of the sun.

Flexible Solar Tech’s proprietary methods reduce the total amount of silicon needed to achieve a given electrical power rating for the solar cell by 20-30%.

The concept enables high conversion efficiency and long term stability (over 25 years continuous service) in a package that is flexible, lightweight and thin, rather than the glass-encapsulated silicon cells usually associated with this type of performance and is based on well-proven single crystal silicon technology.

AXI

AXI

1 Adams Place
859 Willard Street, Suite 400
Quincy, MA 02169

phone: 781.353.6404

fax: 781.735.0550

email: info@AXILLC.com

About
AXI is a University of Washington spin-out Company created in partnership with the founders, the University and Allied Minds, Inc. Allied Minds is a seed investment company creating partnerships with key Universities to fund corporate spin-offs resulting from successful early stage technology research.

AXI is developing strains of algae that will bridge the gap between the promise of clean energy generation and the reality of economical biofuel production systems. Algae have the potential for producing vast quantities of biostock for conversion into biofuels for transportation and heating. Their proprietary methodology for developing specific growth and productivity traits will help any algae production system improve its output of inexpensive, oil-rich algae as the raw material for the production of biofuel.

The AXI technology is being developed by Professor Rose Ann Cattolico of the University of Washington.

Technology

A number of factors have contributed to the recent global increase in biofuels demand, including national and economic security, crude oil prices, depletion of fossil fuel reserves, and global warming concerns. Many countries have instituted economic incentives and mandatory biofuel content requirements to spur development of renewable sources of energy. Various requirements have recently been put in place that seek to ensure that biofuels production will not adversely impact food supply economics or increase green house gas emissions.

Biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol are two types of biofuels that are emerging as promising new technologies for the future. Of the many feedstocks that can be used for biodiesel, algae is emerging as the clear winner because of its promise of extremely high yields per acre, ability to be produced on non-arable lands (i.e., not displacing land for crops), and suitability for carbon dioxide absorption from exhaust flues.

AXI’s technology is derived from more than 25 years of research at one of the world’s preeminent algae research facilities at the University of Washington in Seattle.  The Laboratory, headed by Dr. Rose Ann Cattolico, has an extensive knowledge base on algae physiology, a renowned collection of non-GMO algae species and has developed a unique, patented technology licensed exclusively to AXI that will permit the customization of ours as well as other various algae species to our customer’s growth and production systems.