Funded by Breakout Labs November 2012
in Sarnia, ON, Canada
AVEtec is developing the Atmospheric Vortex Engine (AVE) to harness the energy of the tornado process. The AVE produces a controlled vortex by admitting warm or humid air tangentially into a circular station. The temperature difference between the heat source and the upper atmosphere supports the vortex and can continuously drive turbines with no carbon emissions and no need for energy storage. AVEtec’s founder, Louis Michaud, has projected that the cost of energy will be less than half of the cost of the least expensive alternative and will be under $0.03/kWh. With funding from Breakout Labs, AVEtec has established a partnership with Lambton College in Ontario to build and test a prototype that will produce a vortex two feet wide and 200 feet tall. Under the leadership of Brian Monrad, President, AVEtec is developing a 10 MW project with an industrial partner and has entered in initial discussions with utility power plants.