UWM Research Foundation licenses wind turbine technology

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Research Foundation has entered a licensing agreement to develop and bring to market wind turbine technology for Texas-based Dynamic Blade Technologies Inc.

The patented technology uses ultra-capacitors for energy storage and power conversion, and was developed by Adel Nasiri, professor of electrical engineering. Nasiri’s technology puts less strain on gearbox parts, resulting in lower repair costs. It is also higher in efficiency and allows for more stability in the power grid.

Dynamic Blade is developing a portfolio of technologies that aid wind farms in getting additional output while reducing costs.

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“The tests have shown that this technology can be very effective at smoothing the output power of wind turbines, and we are very excited to help wind farms improve their return on investment,” said Corey Park, chief executive officer of Dynamic Blade Technologies.

UWMRF, a nonprofit company that supports UWM research and innovation, has installed a 10-kilowatt-scale wind turbine prototype near its University Services and Research building in Milwaukee to collect additional data and complete proof of concept.

“We are excited to partner with Dynamic Blade Technologies to confirm the advantages of the technology and move it toward commercialization,” Nasiri said. “We believe this technology solves a major problem for wind turbine owners and operators.”

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