RAEL lunch seminar: Development and Test Plans for a small Vertical Axis Turbine Designed and Built by the Russian State Rocket Center, under Berkeley Lab auspices

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: 323 Barrows Hall (ERG Reading Room)

Summary: Berkeley Lab Engineering Division teamed with Empire Magnetics, Rohnert Park and the Makeyev State Rocket Center under a DOE NNSA non-proliferation project to develop and test a series of small wind turbines of vertical axis design. Over the years, about 100 Russian scientists and engineers worked on the project and the hydrodynamic, aerodynamic and mechanical test facilities of the SRC were used. The objective was to create a highly manufacturable Darieus unit with a modest Tip Speed Ratio (quiet and low impact damage potential) that would be suitable for urban or village use. Test units of 1, 3 and 30 kW were completed and 5 3 kW beta units arrived in California in December. They will be tested to the new Small Wind Certification Committee standards of AWEA in the next few months under funding provided under the Technology Commercialization Fund of the lab. Commercial sales have begun in Russia and Empire Magnetics is forming a company for sales outside the FSU. Presuming the test program to be successful, future contributions by Berkeley Lab and the Campus will be discussed.

Glen Dahlbacka received his BS Physics from the University of Illinois and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Minnesota for experiments in Gamma Ray Astronomy. In 1972 he joined Lawrence Livermore National Lab as a Staff Scientist and for the Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) program and co-designed the first neutron producing laser fusion target at LLNL. In ’76 he joined Physics International where he managed research on intense pulsed x-ray source development and x-ray lasers. From ‘82-90 he was proprietor of a consulting firm that developed high mach number gas injection hardware for laboratory x-ray laser research. In ‘90 at Maxwell Laboratories, as VP of Business Development he promoted synchrotron light sources and their applications to industrial processes. When the Advanced Light Source came online at Berkeley Lab he joined as the manager of Industrial Program Development in the Technology Transfer Department to bring industry to the ALS and from 99-08 he managed joint LBNL-industry programs in the Former Soviet Union funded by the DOE. He is currently working on final steps to commercialize vertical axis wind turbines developed under one of the Russian programs.
He is a past member of the Livermore Planning Commission, the Livermore City Council and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Chabot Space and Science Center. He was also a leader in restoring the 1890 Historic Landmark First Unitarian Church of Oakland Building.

Joseph Rasson, Mechanical Engineering Group Leader & PI, Engineering Division, LBNL