Two Israeli start-ups, Solaris Synergy and Leviathan Energy, won top prizes in the Cleantech Open IDEAS competition at Tel Aviv University recently for their innovative approaches to solar and wind power. Both companies have found success in intelligently designed projects that rethink the environment in which renewable energy exists.
The Cleantech Open IDEAS competition is a global program to find and fund clean technology start-ups. The awards were presented at the Akirov Institute for Business and Environment last November, but we recently reported on Solar Synergy’s new solar panels. The floating system of concentrating photovoltaic modules are constructed of lightweight plastic and fiberglass, and fit together in pieces. Best used in tandem with reservoirs, the modules can rotate in the water based on a remote controlled sun-tracking program, and remain cooler comparable to those that would exist on land.
Leviathan Energy’s Wind Tulip, seen in the photo above, is a vertical, rooftop turbine that is small enough to fit comfortably on urban buildings and hopefully not present a serious danger to birds in the area. Believing an increase in velocity will result in at least a 20% increase in power output, the company also fashions large energizers that direct the flow of wind based on computational fluid dynamics in order to boost speed.
The company is currently looking for $4.5 million in funding, $3.5 million to mass produce the Wind Tulip, and the other $1 million for the large scale energizer to direct the flow of wind in the area. Both Leviathan Energy and Solar Synergy are hoping the Cleanteach awards will attract more international attention to their unique ideas because, according to Dr. Daniel Farb of Leviathan Energy, many countries outside of America are not offering as many grants, nor do they have as big of a potential market as the United States, causing both firms to look for more private investment support.
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