The National Science Foundation has again chosen to support the BladeRunner technology. The PAX Scientific and BladeRunner teams have been awarded a Phase II grant through the NSF’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
The project will build on the results achieved during Phase I by continuing to improve the rotor design through CFD and small scale testing. The project will then transition to full-scale prototyping, system integration and multiple full-scale tests in real environmental conditions. Read the full R&D abstract here!
The team appreciates the great support from the NSF and the various partners helping us realize another successful project. Please contact us if you’d like to know more about our project and the BladeRunner technology.
On June 8, 2016, the BladeRunner team traveled to California State University, Chico to test four different rotor types as part of our National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Project. Using the controllable flume, the team measured power output across different flow speeds ranging from 0.5 – 3.5 m/s
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In preparation for prototype testing at California State University, Chico, the BladeRunner team visited the Mechanical Engineering Department’s controllable flume. This was a fun, productive day that helped define critical mounting decisions for a successful test in May. Big thanks to the Chico State professors for spending the afternoon with us!
Lead Engineer, Kim Penney adjusts a BladeRunner rotor for the next test.
Partners PAX Scientific and Real NewEnergy have received funding from the National Science Foundation to continue their work on BladeRunner. The grant has been awarded through NSF’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and will focus on validating the rotor CFD model through design iterations, prototyping and testing in a controllable flume. Read our R&D abstract here!
The team will conclude Phase I in Summer 2016 and will begin preparations for the next phase of the NSF SBIR Program.
BladeRunner is working with the applied sciences university of Arnhem and Nijmegen (HAN) for design and system integration work. The main deliverable will be our first 500 Watt prototype which will be ready in late spring of this year.
We have assigned Qconcepts Design and Engineering to manufacture the full scale rotor for the first prototype. QConcepts has world class expertise with the necessary CFD work and composite based rapid prototyping. The Rotor should be ready in late spring to complete our first prototyping effort. We will test soon after so stay tuned for more updates!
BladeRunner successfully completed Stage 1 of the Climate KIC business accelerator program. Apart from the €10,000 cash grant, Climate KIC provides us with a valuable network and in kind coaching services. Climate KIC is Europe’s most successful business accelerator program specifically focusing on innovative startups that combine climate and business impact. We will tap into Climate KIC’s services and deep network to help us refine our business model and push BladeRunner to market faster.
BladeRunner picked up first prize and €10,000 at the Netherlands Clean Tech Business Day in December 2014. The money will be used for prototype testing at either the MARIN or Deltares Institutes in the Netherlands.