The PAX Scientific and BladeRunner Teams completed the first of many open water tests in September 2017. The main goal was to characterize the performance of the flexible tether and compare it to flume results. The team will continue to collect more data over the coming months to influence future designs.
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.
With an encouraging proof of concept test and initial market validation, The BladeRunner Energy Company has been officially formed. The team is energized and excited for the challenges and opportunities that we will encounter on this journey to bring affordable clean energy generation to millions of people. Please check back for regular updates on our progress.
We invite you to watch our story below and meet our team of energy pioneers who will be bringing BladeRunner to market.
On April 24, 2014, the BladeRunner team waded out into the cool waters of the Potomac River for a concept test featuring the PAX Rotor connected to a power drill by a flexible steel cable. This marked one of the more encouraging moments in BladeRunner’s history as the founders became fully convinced that the BladeRunner configuration is viable. This set the team on a trajectory to formally found the company and begin intense business planning and more sophisticated prototype development.