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eWind Solutions earns Phase II grant from Dept. of Agriculture

We are overly excited to announce that eWind Solutions was granted a Phase II SBIR grant from the Department of Agriculture. The grant, which totaled $600,000, will be used for continued developments on wing design, and adding additional employees to our great team. The city of Beaverton, Ore. was kind enough to post a news release of our Phase II grant, which can be viewed here: nr-2016-ewind-grant-award-final. We greatly appreciate the support we receive from the Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC) and the City of Beaverton, and we look forward to all we can accomplish in the... read more

DJC Oregon Talks About eWind’s Technology in New Article

“A Beaverton tech startup has designed a new system that can produce up to four times more energy than comparable static windmill generators.

The company, eWind Solutions, has designed a Kevlar and composite material aero-kite that will swoop figure-8s in the sky at heights up to 500 feet to produce energy. Tethered by an ultra-strong extruded polymer cord attached to a generating drum, the back-and-forth motion causes the cord to thread around the drum, rotating it like an old-fashioned lawn-mower pull-start.

Wind speed above ground level typically increases, sometimes dramatically. A seven mile-per-hour surface wind, for example, could easily be 15 miles per hour or more at 150 feet or higher. By floating the kite at a greater height, the system becomes more efficient than a windmill.”

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eWind Solutions at ARPA-E Innovation Summit in Washington D.C.

eWind Solutions is headed to the ARPA-E Innovation Summit in Washington D.C. One of six energy related start ups in Oregon attending, eWind will showcase our tethered kite system to the 2,100+ attendees at the three-day program that aims to move new and emerging energy technologies out of the lab and into the real world. Industry experts and technology leaders will have the opportunity to experience the newest and latest technological advancements in the energy field, and attendees will be treated to networking opportunities, practical seminars, and have the opportunity to hear keynotes from some of the energy industry’s top leaders. This groundbreaking summit runs Feb. 29 to Mar. 2, and three of our team members – David, Brennan, and Sean – made the trek from Oregon to D.C. to share eWind’s technology with the growing alternative energy community. Good luck to eWind Solutions at the ARPA-E summit, and we hope to see more interest for our innovative technology after the... read more

eWind wins kudos at BEST FEST 2015

eWind recently attended Oregon BEST’s annual BEST FEST conference and came away with a nice, little win around our 2-minute pitch of our company to the conference.  We also got to meet Governor Kate Brown and many of our fellow entrepreneurs here in Oregon.  Thanks Oregon BEST!   http://www.ewindsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/20150910_Best_Fest_Pitch.mp4... read more

eWind wins a grant from Oregon BEST

eWind was recently awarded a grant from Oregon BEST, a supporter of small business startups here in Oregon!  We wanted to say thank you to the Oregon BEST team and to everyone that helped make this happen.  This money will be split between the eWind team and Dr. Roberto Albertani of Oregon State University and will focus on the continued development of the aerodynamics of the kite.  This is an exciting time here at eWind! read more

An exciting couple of weeks!

It has been some really good weeks lately for eWind. The culmination was a call yesterday from the USDA notifying us that our grant application had been approved!!! This is a major step for us and we are excited to share it with the world.   Besides from our first funding, we recently produced our first power: 10 Watts! It was a simplified version using off-the-shelf components. These two things combined with us having developed a predictive model for tethered flight, makes us really, really excited for the future!   We will keep you all posted and look forward to flying with you.   Cheers and enjoy the weekend.  ... read more

eWi 2.5 back in black

After a short intermission, the eWi 2 is back. With an updated body that elevates the tail and flat winglets. This time the team decided to go for the gold and give the kite additional tether. As you will see in the video, it takes some practice to getting used to and we will have to go back out and try again, once we fix the wings. Happy belated-Thanksgiving. read more

eWi Two first flight

After a minor design change, that moves our prototype closer towards a traditional plane configuration, we achieved stable flight on our first test. You can see the result in the video below. This change allows us to more directly isolate and improve behavior around tethered flight controls. read more

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