Often when people think of wind power, they think of tall white turbines standing still, waiting for a gust of wind so they can generate electricity. Traditional windmill models rely on strong currents and backup sources to provide consistent energy, however, Airborne Wind Energy Systems are working on solutions for dependable wind power. These systems employ tethered wings or aircrafts that reach high altitudes to access consistent jet streams and reliable wind currents. Electricity can be generated at ground level from the traction created when the wind pulls on a tether or from turbines integrated with the airborne equipment, as is the case with Google’s Project Makani. This technology has also been considered for environmental monitoring, telecommunication, and agribusiness applications. Wind 2.0 technology has tremendous potential for on and off grid energy production, and will be a cost effective way to diversify power grids in the future. Join us on January 26th to learn about how the new generation of wind energy is taking off.
January 26th, 2016 5:00 PM
515 West Hastings Street, Room 1400 Vancouver, BC Canada
About the Speakers
Sonny Banjac is an experienced business and project development consultant specializing in start-ups and renewable energy projects in high latitudes, as well as off-grid communities. He is knowledgeable about emerging clean energy generation and energy storage technologies. With his projects, he has a proven track record of developing and formalizing strong working relationships with Aboriginal groups. Currently, Sonny leads business development initiatives for various technology start-ups such as TwingTec AG, a kite generation developer based out of Switzerland that is interested in off-grid markets. In addition, he is leading project development of a solar-diesel-storage project for Sea Breeze Power Corp in the Yukon.
Grega Verdenik is the Product Architect and Strategic Director of Fluxtec, where he orchestrates the design, engineering, manufacturing and testing of new generation airborne wind turbines. Since 2004, he has been involved in multiple engineering design and test projects, such as design development of a human powered aircraft, building drones for the film industry, flying experimental motor aircraft, and creating and testing novel kitesurfing products. He worked for one of the UK’s most established private equity firms, reviewing and analyzing investment opportunities and he managed a successful online marketing startup in London, UK. He holds a bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies (BEng) from the University of Liverpool, and a Master’s in Technology Entrepreneurship (MSc) from University College London.
Aad Havermans is a Project Manager and Developer for Ampyx Power and has been involved with the company from its very beginning. As an avid kitesurfer, he has always been interested in the power one can generate with kites. With a team of international experts located in Canada, the Netherlands, and Australia, Ampyx Power is developing the PowerPlane, a tethered aircraft that generates electricity. This Airbore Wind Energy System works to capture wind forces at 450m, where currents are strong and more consistent. Since May 2015, Aad has been in Canada to find locations for an Ampyx demonstration facility, to help make the company's goal of producing abundant renewable energy, at cost levels to rival other major methods of electricity generation, a reality.