SheerWind to Install 200 KW Wind Power Pilot Project for Tampa Electric

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INVELOX System. Image courtesy of SheerWind.

SheerWind, from Chaska, MN, is pleased to announce a pilot project to be commissioned in Apollo Beach, Florida for Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station.

Tampa Electric has selected the 200-KW INVELOX wind power generation to be built as a pilot project in 2015. After sufficient data is collected (6 to 8 months) and if the technology is shown to be viable, Tampa Electric may purchase a utility-scale 1.8MW INVELOX system.

SheerWind’s INVELOX funnel system is a solution that utilizes current wind power turbines and rotors but brings them to ground level for easier, safer, and cheaper operation and maintenance. Multiple turbines can be used in a row or series to increase output capacity for each tower while reducing downtime to near zero.

Some benefits of SheerWind’s INVELOX include:

  • Operational at low (2 mph) and high (over 100 mph) wind speeds
  • No harm to humans, animals, or our flying friends
  • No radar interference
  • Near zero downtime
  • 50% less operating and maintenance costs than traditional wind turbines
  • CAPEX of 75ยข per watt at utility scale
  • Multiple turbines can be used in a single tower
  • Unlimited applications

“We are pleased to be included in Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station. They understand the importance of exploring and showcasing new technology,” said Steve Hill, Chief Operating Officer of SheerWind. “This project will assist in SheerWind’s mission to provide sustainable, affordable, electrical energy to anyone, anywhere.”

Tampa Electric serves almost 700,000 customers in West Central Florida.

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