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Design, Implementation and Performance Validation of Pilot Scale Atmospheric Vortex Engine (AVE) System

Atmospheric Vortex Engine (AVE)


The Atmospheric Vortex Engine (AVE) is a cleantech game changer and has received a lot of attention in North America for its potential to produce vast quantities of carbon-free electricity at less than three cents per kilowatt hour. Conducted in partnership with AVEtec Energy Corporation, the AVE admits warm air into a circular area, causing the air to spin as it rises. This forms a small, anchored, tornado-like vortex with a diameter of 50 centimetres and a height of 40 meters, which is used to produce clean energy. The project goal was to test a small-scale prototype AVE that will produce an atmospheric vortex with a diameter of 50 centimetres and a height of 40 meters.


The overall project demonstrated the feasibility and safety of this technology and optimize the design, thereby justifying further investment in larger scale implementation and commercialization.

Funder: NSERC
Researcher: Kevin Ryan
Area: Renewable Energy Conversion & Storage

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