Ocean Energy Turbine – http://goo.gl/ua9C1p – Road to Kickstarter video
Ocean Turbine testing http://goo.gl/ua9C1p for the Crowd Energy – Ocean Energy Turbine Kickstarter
Ocean Energy Turbine prototype test at Crystal Springs Florida. Video footage for Crowd Energy #Kickstarter video.
Meeting with The Solutions Project and other guest that attended the race at Daytona has opened a lot of door for our Ocean Energy Turbine project. Meeting Mark Ruffalo was a true pleasure. Mark is a great guy and I really admire his efforts to bring awareness to the need for 100% Renewable Energy.
“It is impossible to deny the fact that there is a significant need for clean renewable energy”
I have personally known the founders of Crowd Energy (Todd and Phillip Janca) since the late 1970s.
There can be no doubt about their dedication to developing clean renewable energy technology.
They have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to employ state-of-the-art technology in order to achieve design goals.
As a Marine scientist I have worked with these individuals at several Caribbean study sites and have witnessed their ingenuity and motivation.
Additionally, I have received grants to utilize their deep diving manned submersibles for scientific studies. Their piloting skills focus on safety, and ability to reconfigure scientific equipment in order to achieve specific goals is well known.
As soon as the Crowd Energy project transitions from the shore based laminar flow test tank to the marine environment I will be personally involved in assessing any risks associated with possible effects on marine life that might be created by the ocean energy turbine.
It should be remembered that the turbine rotates at extremely slow speeds (between 2 and 20 rpm) and that the neutrally buoyant carbon fiber blades open and close at an equally slow rate.
I have advised the founders of the necessary steps to take in order to collect baseline information on the first oceanic deployment site so that we can monitor any potential impact on marine creatures once my study is underway.
In closing, I would like to state that I am convinced that the Crowd Energy sub-sea power generation system will offer a significant benefit to mankind.
Murray, Itzkowitz, Ph.D
Professor and Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Todd Janca
Crowdfunding Renewable Energy on Kickstarter
Limitless clean renewable energy – Crowd Energy will be launching a, first of its kind, Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in March to fund the construction and development of the Ocean Energy Turbine.
ZEPHYRHILLS, FL (February 4, 2014) – Crowd Energy, having completed construction and successful testing of its first generation prototype of the Ocean Energy Turbine, will launch a major Kickstarter campaign in March 2014 to construct a second generation turbine and move the project to (SNMREC) Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Florida Atlantic University for verification and open water testing.
The Ocean Energy Turbine is so important because it is the first renewable energy system designed to effectively harness ocean currents on a commercial scale. Globally, ocean currents have the power necessary to completely replace the worlds dependance on fossil fuels and nuclear energy.
The Ocean Energy Turbine project brings this yet untapped clean renewable energy source within reach of a world starving for energy. Ocean energy has a substantial advantage over wind power and solar power. The quantity of energy available from ocean energy greatly exceeds that of wind and solar. Ocean energy production is also a consistent reliable source of energy, whereas solar and wind power are limited by the availability of sun and wind.
Crowd Energy is going to Kickstarter to raise $75,000 to construct the second generation turbine and a laminar flow test tank. If the funding goal is exceeded there are a number of “Stretch Goals” that will allow Crowd Energy to accelerate development of the Ocean Energy Turbine.
Rather than seek corporate funding for expansion of the Ocean Energy Turbine project, Crowd Energy is turning to Kickstarter where it can be funded by Eco minded individuals who understand that it is all of our responsibility to support a responsible and sustainable transition to renewable energy.
“Kickstarter’s are a very intelligent group of people who selflessly make what they care about possible. They generally have a technical or environmental background mixed with a strong passion for the arts. We could not ask for a better group of people to support us in our efforts to make their world a better place to live.”
Todd Janca, the founder of Crowd Energy and the inventor of the Ocean Energy Turbine grew up at Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory in Jamaica and has logged a considerable amount of time on the sea floor piloting Research Submersibles assisting in scientific research.
“ When doing research, It was always a battle to keep the submarine in one location due to the massive amount of force from the ocean currents. Imagine giant rivers flowing on the seafloor. This is how the idea of the Ocean Energy Turbine originated. “
The Ocean Energy Turbine is also unique because we started with marine ecology and preservation as our primary design criteria and then worked within those boundaries to design a highly functional and highly efficient turbine that would not negatively impact the marine environment. Protection of the marine environment is not something we were willing to compromise on and we are very proud of that fact.
(SNMREC) Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Florida Atlantic University has signed a MOU with Crowd Energy to support development of the Ocean Energy Turbine and to provide an open water test site where the Ocean Energy Turbine can be scientifically evaluated in ocean currents off the coast of south Florida.
Crowd Energy has attracted attention from top industry professionals in renewable energy. Most recently Crowd Energy has been invited to meet with renewable energy heroes “The Solutions Project” thesolutionsproject.org founded by Mark Jacobson, Mark Ruffalo, Marco Krapels, and Josh Fox.
With the implementation of EU2030 and EU2050 Energy & Climate Policy, ocean energy is slated to become a major component in moving the world toward clean renewable energy. According to the United Kingdom’s Carbon Trust, the ocean energy market is expected to reach more than $500 billion by 2050. With Crowd Energy’s proven technology in ocean energy, and faithful backing from its supporters at Kickstarter, it will be a forerunner in clean renewable ocean energy production.
CrowdEnergy.org is the collaborative effort of a small group of Engineers, Inventors, and Scientists specializing in SubSea Engineering, Oceanography, Marine Ecology and Conservation, Electrical Engineering, Fabrication and Design. The group makes great strides in renewable ocean energy research and is slated to have four submerged production scale turbines feeding the power grid by 2015. Todd Janca is the original inventor of the Ocean Energy Turbine and has a number of other energy patents to his credit.
Please help Crowd Energy in its efforts to create a cleaner, more sustainable, world for you and your family. To sign up to be notified when CrowdEnergy.org’s Kickstarter project begins click on http://goo.gl/ua9C1p
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Ocean Energy Turbine spinning in air – video from the Kickstarter photo shoot.
A Statement From
Dr. Iliya Shtirkov,
Ocean Technologies Department
Institute of Oceanology
Bulgarian Academy of Science
It gives me great pleasure to endorse the CROWD ENERGY ocean energy turbine concept.
I have known the founder of CROWD ENERGY for over 25 years. His subsea engineering group have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to successfully design, build, implement, and operate large-scale subsea projects.
I am convinced that the CROWD ENERGY ocean turbine is a technologically viable project.
Crowd Energy has solved a problem that other ocean current turbines have not been able to address; specifically, utilizing the hydrodynamic power density of significant ocean currents efficiently.
From an engineering standpoint, a slow rotation/high torque turbine is much better for the marine environment.
Powerful ocean currents like the Gulf Stream and the Kuroshio are reliable and provide a constant source of clean renewable energy with minimal impact on the environment.
CROWD ENERGY is the right group to make this project happen based on their expertise and decades of experience.
I am personally excited to see their project come closer to realization. Of course some scale models and tests may require additional engineering improvement, but the idea is so interesting and promising.
It is clear that this dynamic subsea engineering group are dedicated to reducing the negative impact of fossil fuels on the environment and the success of their project will give benefits to the mankind.