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Uprise Energy, LLC

April 23, 2015

One area which we’ll be headed into soon is wind.  As such, we stay abreast of current designs, designers and market opportunities. 

 

Wind is a funny industry.  Quickly distinguishing true innovation from sham is not always as easy it might seem.

 

One bit of real brilliance we ran into recently that interests us – not least because it’s run by a truly cordial, razor-sharp father/son team – is Uprise Energy in San Diego.  They are well on the way to perfecting portable wind power with serious grunt.  A trailerable unit that slips right out of a standard 40’ ISO shipping container (ring any bells?), puts out 10-50kW depending on wind speed, has ample battery storage, and can be grid-connected or go it alone, warms the cockles of our hearts.

 

John Knight, Uprise’s founder, an ex-USN officer, was the founder of Knight & Carver Wind Group. KCWG is a tremendously successful wind consultancy.  Among other things, it designed and developed the Sweep Twist Adaptive Rotor (STAR) Blade, which in 1999 earned a Top 10 Achievement Award from the DOE.  The company was sold in 2010 to UpWind Solutions Inc., the Oregon-based wind asset management services firm.

 

That’s simply stellar, but where we really genuflect to John is for his experience building boats.  Under his direction, Knight & Carver built the US Navy’s M80 stealth catamaran Stiletto, which remains the largest carbon fiber structure in the world.  A leadmine it is not – that is one seriously fast piece of equipment!

 

John and son Jonathan went on to form Uprise Energy in 2010.

 

(Envelope-pushing boats?  Renewable power?  Sound fluid mechanics?  Great people with mad design and fabrication skills, and who think about cost of energy the way we do?  ... this may mean a little scouting trip!)

 

 

 

 

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