HQ: Laramie, WY
Wind power on a clothesline.
The cost of wind power has fallen dramatically thanks in part to longer blades on taller towers generating power more efficiently. But as those turbines have grown larger, so too have the capital, land, and labor required for construction, logistics, and installation. They are now so massive that blades brush up against the limits of what can clear the overpass on a freeway. Yet, alternatives are still more costly and inefficient.
How it Works
AirLoom’s unique wind power geometry generates electricity by driving small, adjustable sails across inexpensive wireframes. By avoiding the bulky and heavy materials used in classic turbines, AirLoom’s geometry comes in at just 4% the weight of conventional turbines that generate the same amount of energy. This opens up the possibility to build vertically, horizontally, onshore, and offshore.
Their approach cuts labor, transport, and construction costs by 83% for a levelized cost of energy as low as $15/MWh. This is more than 3 times cheaper than the price of conventional wind today ($45/MWh). Airloom’s simple, lightweight design creates new opportunities for rapid and widespread deployment at sites that were previously inaccessible or otherwise impractical for wind power.
times lower LCOE
than conventional onshore wind power
ROBERT LUMLEY CEO & FOUNDER
Robert is the founder of AirLoom and the inventor of their core technology. He was previously the founder and CEO of Haystack Systems, an information technology company.
MOOKWON SEO MATHEMATICAL TECHNICIAN
Mookwon has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Wyoming.
Global wind power growth must triple over the next decade to achieve net zeroGlobal Wind Energy Council
AirLoom Energy Graduates from WTBC, Moves West to LaramieUniversity of Wyoming