National Energy Globe Award Moldova, Republic of (overall winner)

Submitted by: WINDROSE s.r.o. Czech Republic / Vortex Wind Power Laboratory Moldovan Union Inventors & Rationalize
Implemented country: Moldova, Republic of
Title: Mini Wind Turbines: Throwing Caution to the Wind

Mikhail Poleacov lives in Moldova. The father of a daughter and grandfather to a grandson is a fluid mechanics engineer who spent many years studying at the University of Pittsburgh and Cambridge University. With more than 80 inventions and innovations credited to his name, Mikhail Poleacov is a true Gyro Gearloose. He is the recipient of 10 gold and silver medals as well as 36 diplomas. He has been the director of the Private Vortical Wind-Power Engineering Laboratory of the Moldavian Inventor’s Association since 1999. Currently, he is performing experimental studies for the Czech Windrose sro. Company. His specialty area is wind power. The project Mikhail submitted to Energy Globe is another one of his inventions: a new technology for using wind force with a maximum energy yield.

To Mikhail Poleacov, the future lies in using wind power. You just need to find more applications for it. Although wind power is already very popular in Europe, it is only used for average wind forces. But could one also use very small wind forces?, Mikhail asked himself. 40 years of professional experience as a fluid mechanics engineer have helped him find a patented solution to this problem: An innovative wind turbine with a vertical axis. The rotary motion of the turbine is independent of the wind direction. The advantages are convincing: The turbine is small, elegant, light, stable, and easy to install. The rotors are five times smaller than those of conventional systems. But the energy yield is the same – even at very low wind speeds. After testing in the wind canal, this turbine even survives hurricanes. It is also completely silent and that is what makes it especially attractive to the military. And it also passed the “bird test“ , which makes it 100 per cent environmentally friendly.

This turbine model is well suited for cities with a constant breeze. It is mounted on the top of buildings where it silently but constantly generates energy. But even less well-off countries with no access to renewable energies could benefit from Poleacov’s invention quite a bit. If such vertical turbines were put to use all across the country, 150,000 tons of CO2 could be saved per year. The prototype is complete and has been patented. Now Mikhail Poleacov is building a small-scale factory for manufacturing his turbine and looking for global marketing and financing options. First he needs to convince more investors, a challenge that Poleacov is accepting with wise equanimity. When asked by Energy Globe what his message to mankind was, he quoted Laozi, who said, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

“Do what you must, and come what may.”

Mikhail Poleacov