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Wind cubed

April 6, 2010

On-site generation of renewable energy such as wind and solar is big buzz because it takes issues of getting the power onto the grid and back off the table.

The WindCube, from Green Energy Technologies LLC

An Ohio company has one option. Its WindCube is designed for rooftop use and can create 60 kilowatts on site. The targets are big energy users with small footprints, including condo complexes, malls, big box stores, office buildings and some industrial sites.

Green Energy Technologies is based in Bath Township. President and founder Mark Cironi had the basic idea and teamed up with David Spera, a former NASA aerospace engineer, and John W. Fedor, a retired machine-tool shop owner, for the design. The name is no accident. It is shaped like a cube and the design creates a wind tunnel effect that roughly cubes the power of the available wind.

Ohio is not a big wind power player, so a design that amplifies what’s on hand makes sense. The WindCube, which can produce power in winds as light at 5 mph, is 22 feet by 22 feet by 12 feet and two can be stacked. Each one has five blades in a fan-like arrangement than span 15 feet.

Crown Battery in Freemont, Ohio, bought the first one and uses it to charge batteries. Owens Community College in Toledo installed one in February. Cironi hopes to sell and build 75 this year and double that number in 2011.

After tax breaks and other government incentives, the WindCube system costs $250,000 to $300,000, not including installation, and Cironi estimates the payback could be as little as three years.

I talked to Cironi and wrote about his company and other alternative energy innovators in Ohio for the Greater Akron Economic Development Guide.

Nothing like a box to show where thinking out of the box can get us.

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