Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Vortex Bladeless SL has received this funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 under grant agreement No 726776.
VORTEX has developed an innovative wind turbine that would represent a break-through in the wind energy sector. This aero-generator is a new paradigm of harnessing wind, with a disruptive technology to generate energy from the wind without blades.
VORTEX is able to capture the wind kinetic energy thanks to the vortex shedding effect, and eventually transforming it into electricity. The technology seeks to optimize aerogenerator´s specifications as maintenance and operational requirements, amortization costs, noise, logistics, environmental impact and design whilst producing energy in a secure, clean and efficient way, and cheaper than current small wind turbines (SWT).
VORTEX produces an affordable and cheaper renewable energy for our end-users: private individuals, general public, households, wind energy cooperatives, energy services companies (ESCOs), manufactures and distributors, businesses, utilities, etc.
VORTEX will deploy a technology suitable to provide a reliable energy, stand-alone or combined with other RES, at several scales (domestic, commercial and utility), with a great impact in those areas where solar energy does not perform well.
VORTEX has yielded excellent results and has captured the industrial and commercial interest. We built a 6-meters wind turbine pilot prototype in Spain, which generates up to 40% of energy solely from wind. The technology is being scaled up from small devices to medium. Our goal for the Phase 2-SMEInst is to scale-up and test a prototype up to 2,75 meters and 100W power.
VORTEX would be eventually commercialize and massively produced. VORTEX will provide customers with excellent return on investment. Our main goal is to become the designer, manufacturer and seller of the first-ever bladeless wind generator for the small wind market (SWM).
Our technology is backed by a family of patents and by the significantly optimised specifications of the equipment (noise, aesthetics, wildlife impact) when compared to conventional wind turbines. One of our main thrust is the great interest aroused by VORTEX in the general public, local authorities, environmentalists, private investors, wind energy stakeholders, etc. We truly aim to significantly contribute to address EU 2020 energy targets, whilst positioning us as leaders of the sector.
The aim is to scale-up, test and certify a prototype up to 2,75 meters capable of providing 100W of power. The objectives of the project has been defined from the three points of view. The successful commercialization of VORTEX depends on the fulfillment of all of them:
VORTEX had developed a feasibility analysis prior to starting the development of the marketable product. A summary of the activities are included bellow.
All the current energy plans policies and actions for a low carbon economy, such as SET Plan, EERA, IIEs5… among others, recognize the relevance of the deployment of improved renewable energy sources.
Vortex is compromised with the gender equality. We are ruled under the Strategic Plan for Equal Opportunities 2014-2016 of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain that includes effective equality of gender. Point 7. “Increase the participation of women in the fields of science, technological development and research”.
In our recruitment procedures we strictly comply with the principle of equal treatment and non-discrimination, governed by the principle of equal opportunities according to the Spanish Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation and the Spanish Plan for Research Scientific and Innovation.
As a backbone for renewable energy production in Europe wind energy, has a key role in meeting both the 2020 energy targets. (20% lower gases emissions, 20% renewable, 20% energy efficient) (SET Plan). The increasing demand for clean and affordable energy all over the world will lead to an increasing demand for small wind turbines (SWT). Although the utility industry has moved into multi-megawatt turbines platforms and wind farms to provide energy to large demands, the SWT sub-sector has emerged to reach a different segment of the market.
The SWT sector is growing fast, at 10-18% growth during the last 2 years, as a result of increased environmental awareness, financial incentives, and maturity of the technology leading to lower prices of the technology compared to the previous years. As shown in figure 10, the forecast for the next years is very promising -conservative assumptions forecast a steady compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20% until 2020- in which solar and wind energy are expected to increase their market share to reach European demands on renewable energy for 2020 (20%).
European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has also highlighted the “high wind resources of Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America as ideally suited for small wind application”, all these locations SWT has not yet been established. This is a market opportunity and a growth area for VORTEX to internationalize and expand.
The following market trends are the key factors for VORTEX’ business potential and company growth:
SWT is also currently growing fast due to the needed of renewable energy sources, in particular in developing areas and countries as well as remote areas. SWT can easily contribute to the electrification of millions of people’s houses, companies and installations in less accessible areas.
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