Wind Sail is a new company formed to commercialize a ten year Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) development effort by a group of former USSR weapons (submarine launched ICBMs) scientists and engineers employed at the Makeyev State Rocket Center (MSRC), Miass, Russia. MSRC was formerly chartered with submarine launched ICBM development. The Russian engineers are currently funded by the Department of Energy under the Initiative for Proliferation Prevention (IPP). The overall objective of the IPP program is to aid former USSR weapons scientists and engineers to find permanent non-weaponry related employment. Wind Sail’s success will not only accomplish this objective, but also contribute to wider use of clean energy, reducing dependence on imported fossil fuel with consequent positive impact on the environment and world peace.
The IPP funds these efforts through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). In this case, the CRADA is between Wind Sail (Empire Magnetics), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories (LBNL) and MSRC. The agreement is now in its fourth year.
Source : Empire Magnetics