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Flower Turbines

Innovative Small Wind Turbines

Regulation Crowdfunding
Lawrence, NY
Business to Business
Accepting International Investment
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Innovation for a Cleaner Planet

Invest in Flower Turbines

"These beautiful small wind turbines fascinate people who watch them for long periods of time as their tulip shape displays different images as they rotate.


We believe we are the first and only company with patents (licensed or owned) solving the aerodynamic issues affecting small wind turbines in dense and urban rooftop settings. We believe we have the potential to be at least as successful as solar PV. Flower Turbines combines innovative aerodynamics with innovative designs. 


We have solved the prior limitation of small wind turbines that low noise equals low efficiency.


Small wind energy production is part of the energy future, and we believe it has yet to realize its potential. A few working turbines have been sold, and the company is ready to commercialize. The current stage of the company is early sales with proven prototypes. Our video shows a recent sale in Colombia.


This could be the small wind turbine company that addresses a large market. This is your chance to be part of it.


One of the key technologies is the cluster effect. Normally, wind turbines need to be widely spaced because they interfere with each other. Flower Turbines actually make their neighbors, when spaced correctly, produce 20-50% more electricity than when alone. This enables a totally new business model: the rooftop wind farm, with more sales per roof. And it enables a mass-production manufacturing model, like what Henry Ford did for the auto industry, with the difference being that we have multiple levels of patent protection.


Your participation makes you part of a movement that makes clean energy without taking away land from agriculture or housing, without damaging birds, and while creating eco-kinetic art."


Dr. Daniel Farb, Founder and CEO

Note:


A local Hilton gave us temporary permission to put their name on the turbine as part of an Earth Day celebration. This does not imply a permanent relationship with the hotel chain.

Here is the new residential version

 Your investment now helps us start the manufacturing.

Dr. Farb at contract signing after Flower Turbines won a tender from a city in the Netherlands

The Offering

Investment
$10/unit│When you invest you are betting the company’s future equity value will exceed $8.5M.

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What Flower Turbines Has Accomplished So Far...

We started developing the technology in Israel, and from there we:


  • Installed the first small wind turbine on the Israeli grid and then installed a few more.
  • Won second place in the Cleantech Open in 2010.
  • One of our founder’s companies (Leviathan Energy), which utilizes similar IP as Flower Turbines, is on exhibit in the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem as one of the top-45 inventions in the history of Israel.
  • Demonstrated the cluster effect with two full-size turbines in Israel and two small turbines in the US.
  • We moved our headquarters to the US to go to market primarily in North America.
  • Flower Turbines was one of the 3% of companies chosen to participate in Dreamit Venture's first Urbantech Accelerator. Dreamit has the right to invest when venture capitalists come on board.
  • In May 2018, Flower Turbines was among the winners of the US-China Innovation Forum contest, which resulted in an expenses-paid trip to China to meet investors and partners.
  • PortXL Rotterdam chose Flower Turbines in a group of 20 out of 1000 companies screened for investment in an EU subsidiary based in Rotterdam.
  • The EU subsidiary is jumping forward and has signed contracts and won a tender for providing wind turbines to a city.
  • This past year, we have filed patents based on simulations that show much higher efficiency with updated blade design. We have filed patents that may make the cost of installation lower.

This map shows the windiest regions of the US. There are many other mountainous areas not shown because they would be too speckled.


  • We believe, from our own assessment, the US commercial market alone is a total potential market of $225 billion. See discussion below for more details.
  • We also believe, from our own assessment, the residential market is another total potential market of $50 billion. See discussion below for more details

(Sources: Extensive review of compiled statistics from a number of sites including US government statistical sites of the number of government, commercial, school, and factory buildings throughout the US, and estimating the percentage of that building stock, according to published US Department of Energy wind maps, located in areas where use of wind makes economic sense. Then if there are 10 turbines per roof at $7,500 each, the total potential market size is $225 billion. The same procedure was followed for the residential market, but it is smaller since each building has less space to fit turbines, and the turbines for that market will be smaller and lower cost. When one considers the population and land mass of the US in comparison with Canada, EU, Russia, China, Japan, Brazil, and India alone, we calculated the worldwide potential to be over $1 trillion.)


The Israeli team with the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure at the first small turbine installation on the Israeli grid of an earlier version.

Traction

  • Manufactured in India, Israel and Eastern Europe
  • Huge potential for rural India and even rural Europe, to replace expensive and dirty diesel fuel, in addition to the core market in urban/suburban settings in developed areas.
  • Letters of intent from Europe and the US, on the condition of providing financing (the growth model that worked for solar PV)
  • Contract for distribution to some island nations
  • Most recent installation working in Colombia
  • Sales and corporate contracts beginning in the US and EU

Our Products

We will sell these at the current stage in clusters of 10 or more to corporate customers. In addition to their aesthetics, the cluster effect means the zoning and installation costs can be divided among 10 or more turbines. Computer-generated prototype, final product may vary.

The illustration below is a simulated representation of how the future, smaller residential brand will look. The photo above is an actual small model that will resemble one option for residential use. Final product may vary.

Computer-generated artistic renderings. Final product may vary.

How Our Products Are Different 

We believe Flower Turbines have features other turbines lack. We have addressed all the issues that small turbines in dense locations need to address.


HAWT stands for horizontal axis wind turbines. This chart is based on the CEO's extensive knowledge of the literature and aerodynamic characteristics of each type of turbine.


Most Turbines

Most turbines create vortices and interfere with each other.

Tulips

Flower Turbines designs them to work together.

This is an internal computer simulation of the air flow around a Tulip in a horizontal cross section, the wind coming from the left, showing how it creates wind of higher velocity on the sides than in the surroundings. Velocity cubed is proportional to power, so these increases in velocity for the nearby turbines are amplified.

Testing of two adjacent turbines shows that at the correct shaft to shaft distance, the power output jumps.


The turbines have other aerodynamic features that make them start at half the speed (1.2 meters per second versus 3) of the industry average.

Measurements show Flower Turbines producing electricity before others even start moving.

Our Market and Industry

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Source: Cleantechnica.com

According to CleanTechnica, the market growth rate of small wind turbines has been surpassing solar recently. And that is without our innovation on the market. We will enhance a high-growth industry. 

We believe Flower Turbines will grow like solar but faster because we are concentrating on large corporate sales first. Solar market growth would hardly have occurred if solar panels interfered with each other the way wind turbines do. We believe we broke that barrier.


Solar PV is in the public domain, but only Flower Turbines can produce a Tulip!

To show why we believe Flower Turbines' potential market is a $100 billion industry like solar is now, we made a chart comparing Flower Turbines to solar in a windy area of the Northeast. The payback is slightly better, even though we aren't in mass production yet. But, according to our own research, the revenue per square meter is 344% higher. That means the property owner gets much more value from wind thanks to the cluster effect and the vertical nature of wind turbines.


We also have other features that we believe improve efficiency.


Solar and wind actually are natural partners. On cloudy days, wind may make up for the loss of solar power. Together, they can help liberate the grid from fossil fuels.

This chart is based on publicly available sales prices on the internet for solar PV in the region and our estimate of our own pricing and performance.

Our clustered wind turbines look beautiful on a roof next to solar panels and provide electricity when the sun isn’t shining.


The graph is an example of how, in Los Angeles and other coastal areas, solar and Flower Turbines provide better coverage of electricity in the course of a day than solar alone.

What Makes Our Team Special

Our initial market is corporate real estate and government for making rooftop wind farms. We have executives with corporate sales, utility, real estate, and government management experience.


Our other large advantage is technology. We combine a broadly skilled inventor like Dr. Farb with excellent engineers. Dr. Farb is an expert in renewable energy and spoke before the US Congress, New York City, and the Council on Foreign Relations on issues relating to small wind turbines.


This is a product that can capture one's imagination. We will add online and traditional marketing and sales staff as more funds become available.

Our international team is growing. In the EU, we have more engineers and a regional manager, Roy Osinga. Here is a video of him introducing himself and Flower Turbines of the EU: https://vimeo.com/338046994

Here is a picture of Mr. Osinga, Dr. Farb, and French intern Jordan Mamiafo at the closing event of PortXL Rotterdam.

Beth Liu is an investment banker representing Flower Turbines in China.


Invest in Our Company Today!

Imagine this on almost every windy commercial rooftop in the world!

Then on residential rooftops.


Technology Plus Beauty

Beautiful designs, backed up with multiple patents (assigned and/or licensed) based on sophisticated aerodynamic science. A highly educated and innovative team to back it up.


This could be the breakthrough small wind has been waiting for. Join us in changing an entire industry.






Turbines on the gas station above are a simulation. Final product may vary.

MAJOR PATENTS

1. PCT IB10/052334, 2-Bladed Vertical Axis Turbines, granted in US, EU, Canada, Israel, Australia. Pending in India.

2. PCT IL2015/050537, Vertical Axis Turbine Clustering, patented in the US and China. Pending in the EU and Brazil.

3. PCT IL2017/050969, ROOFTOP WIND TURBINE FLOW IMPROVEMENTS, filed in the US and China

4. Provisional patents on making the turbine more efficient: Filed in the US in 2018 and 2019.

NICHE PATENTS

5. PCT IB2012/053567, VARIABLE DIAMETER AND ANGLE VERTICAL AXIS TURBINE, granted in the US, Japan, and China. Pending in India.

6. Provisional patent on easier ground installation. Filed in US, 2019. 


See discussion below on Patents.  


NOTES ON THE PATENTS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:

1. Some of the patents were filed under "Leviathan Energy Wind Lotus"--a previous Israeli research company also owned by Dr. Farb. Dr. Farb is in the process of updating all patents technically as property of Flower Turbines (assignment of patents). In the meantime, there is a license agreement.

2. The core patents on the most important part of the invention are synergistic, and any one of them alone can reduce competition.

3. Patent labeled 5 above is another way of approaching the first core patent in other countries, usually less developed. It is now granted in China.

4. Dr. Farb obtained in 2018 official registration of the designs with the US copyright office as works of eco-art, so that gives them an even wider protection. They were filed under his name, but the ones relevant to Flower Turbines are licensed to the company without charge.

5. Leviathan Energy Israel, also owned by Dr. Farb, has a patent for deflecting wind into blades at higher velocity, and that can be used at no fee. It may be useful in some cases.

Bottom line: anything useful to the company is or will be granted to it by Dr. Farb, and doing so is just a formality.

Trademarks in some cases belong to Dr. Farb; the ownership will be transferred when resources are available to do so. 

The EU company owns several granted trademarks for the EU region.

6. We have ideas for more patents that will further enhance the company, but cannot disclose them at this stage.

Offering Summary

Maximum 107,000* Units ($1,070,000)

*Maximum subject to adjustment for bonus shares. See 10% Bonus below

Minimum 1,000 Units ($10,000)


Company
Flower Turbines LLC
 

Corporate Address
240 Central Ave., 1J, Lawrence, NY 11559
 

Description of Business
It makes small rooftop vertical axis wind turbines
 

Type of Security Offered
Units
 
Purchase Price of Security Offered
$10
 

Minimum Investment Amount (per investor) 
$250











—ALL PERKS ENDED AS OF AUGUST 2ND 2019—

Perks* (These perks are no longer available to new investors after 8/2/19)

$500+ T shirt with Flower Turbines logo

$1,000+ 5% discount on Wind Tulips purchased through our website

$10,000+ 10% discount on Wind Tulips purchased through our website

*All perks occur after the offering is completed.


The 10% Bonus for StartEngine Shareholders (This perk is no longer available - see below for more details)

Flower Turbines LLC will offer 10% additional bonus units for all investments that are committed by StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. shareholders (with ≥ $1,000 invested in the StartEngine Reg A+ campaign) within 24 hours of this offering going live.

StartEngine shareholders who have invested $1,000+ in the StartEngine Reg A+ campaign will receive a 10% bonus on this offering within a 24-hour window of their campaign launch date.  This means you will receive a bonus for any units you purchase.  For example, if you buy 10 units at $10 / unit, you will receive 1 bonus unit, meaning you'll own 11 units for $100.   Fractional units will not be distributed and unit bonuses will be determined by rounding down to the nearest whole unit.

This 10% Bonus is only valid for one year from the time StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. investors receive their countersigned StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. subscription agreement.

—ALL PERKS ENDED AS OF AUGUST 2ND 2019—


Irregular Use of Proceeds

The Company might incur Irregular Use of Proceeds that may include but are not limited to the following over $10,000: Vendor payments and salaries/consultant expenses. For example, extensive engineering work may be required to prepare for manufacturing, or the manufacturer may require tooling costs. There could be unexpected areas of engineering that need to be addressed. In addition, insurance costs may be unexpectedly higher for a new product. Travel may be required to negotiate licensing and other deals. Patent expenses are usually irregular in time and can increase unexpectedly due to need to respond to an examiner's comments.

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A crowdfunding investment involves risk. You should not invest any funds in this offering unless you can afford to lose your entire investment. In making an investment decision, investors must rely on their own examination of the issuer and the terms of the offering, including the merits and risks involved. These securities have not been recommended or approved by any federal or state securities commission or regulatory authority. Furthermore, these authorities have not passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this document. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not pass upon the merits of any securities offered or the terms of the offering, nor does it pass upon the accuracy or completeness of any offering document or literature. These securities are offered under an exemption from registration; however, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has not made an independent determination that these securities are exempt from registration.


Updates

a new PCT patent

12 hours ago

This past week, I just filed the PCT conversion from a US provisional of an important patent, on the ideal ratios of blade shape and shaft for maximal efficiency. Simultaneously, I'm in the process of filing this in the country of Argentina, which is outside the PCT system. The reason for that is that it is a large country that has experienced recent energy crises so people understand the value of independent energy from experience, and the south of the country has high wind speeds. In addition, I have a meeting scheduled next week with a potential distributor in Argentina, and having an important patent there would protect any investment that person might make in getting the product sold there.

about communications with investors

1 day ago

We received some inquiries about what to receive as an investor.

For now, communications are through Startengine.

After the round officially closes (now oversubscribed but not all funds confirmed), we plan to set up a separate email account or email messaging account to send updates and communications to all investors.

Notice of Funds Disbursement

8 days ago

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post-goal update

12 days ago

Hi, everyone, as you see, we met the goal and are oversubscribed. For those of you who missed the chance, I'd suggest you make sure you are registered on Startengine and following us for updates.

We are working intensely as always. Some of the events this past week:

--Meetings with potential stakeholders in Alaska that could lead to some initial demo projects and testing in the intense cold and very windy envivronment.

--Met with team member Professor Purwar and 2 grad students at Stony Brook University about engineering more applications and installation mechanisms for the turbines. We have already started.

--Met with/ talked to/visited a location with several people about projects and sales in the NY and New England region.

--Met with manufacturers and consultants in Israel to see about production there.

--Web conference with our fiberglass contractors in the Netherlands. The initial molds for residential size fiberglass are in production. We have more work to do on manufacturing the metal lower assembly and arranging for the right electronics.  So a lot of work to do but everything moving in the right direction, and we are ordering more equipment for our Rotterdam testing center and officially moving into that industrial space in the next week, while keepiing our office in the science tower.

--Writing this in the airport on the way to China to meet potential manufacturers and customers.

--Just submitted a proposal to a city in Israel for a project of 20 turbines. More proposals under way in Europe also.

Our EU subsidiary just won a contest for a bank loan

22 days ago

We can consider this a vote of confidence from a major European bank. We won a 50,000 Euro innovation loan from Rabobank. It involved a full due diligence from the bank before the invitation to a competition in person. (I made a video message since I wasn't able to attend; EU manager Roy Osinga presented in person.) It is a special loan reserved for innovative early stage companies. It is only 7.5% interest and a loan period of 7 years. Aside from giving us some extra non-equity growth capital, it is an opportunity to build our reputation and credit. One of our long term strategies to to obtain large amounts of bank capital to fund projects where we install turbines for free and sell the customer the electricity at a discount to the going utility rate, or other leasing arrangements.

Related to this strategy, Roy and I got Flower Turbines to be one of the speakers at a conference on renewable energy financing in Brussels in November. We hope this will expose us to project investors and developers and make them think about our small wind turbines as part of their solar field projects.

I am working to bring this concept to the US as well. Tomorrow (Sunday) I'm meeting one of you (yes, some of you investors are already contacting me about concrete ideas to move the company forward) who is interested in this financing idea for New York.

We are working on a lot of good first steps that will eventually all come together.

Notice of Funds Disbursement

25 days ago

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Enthusiastic Response at Dutch energy fair

26 days ago

From October 8-10, Flower Turbines exhibited at Vakbeurs Energie, the largest event on sustainable energy in the Netherlands. Our residential model caught the attention of every passer-by. Flower Turbines was constantly surrounded by curious crowds wondering how beauty and science could work together. The interest and compliments Flower Turbines received reflect a substantial demand for small wind.

Flower Turbines also made contact with potential partners for sales and installation. Aside from all the phone cameras focused on the turning tulip, a camera crew from the largest television channel in the Netherlands (RTL) visited Flower Turbines for a  story on national television. The segment will be broadcasted by the program “Doe Maar Duurzam” (Do it sustainable), and it will be aired sometime in November. 

Many energy advisors and individuals pointed out that not only does wind energy have a lower carbon footprint than solar, but also that the weather conditions in the Netherlands are more suitable for wind energy. This is reflected by the fact that in the cloudy Dutch winters, when the demand for electricity is the highest, so are the winds. 

We signed a lease for our own practical R&D center

28 days ago

RDM Rotterdam is a unique place. You might say it's an industrial WeWork. We already have started working there--building, testing, etc. We now signed a 1 year lease to give us that space, and we will have some storage space as well. We ordered already around 20 generators and charge controllers for our tech-support master Philipp to test. This lets us check out suppliers before delivering products. Here is a picture of Manager Roy Osinga signing the lease:

update on manufacturing

about 1 month ago

I've promised for a while to give an update on manufacturing. This is moving in the right direction and there are of course challenges.

We are going to produce the blades in both fiberglass and aluminum. The reasons are that fiberglass is easier to do in low volume but more expensive in high volume, and also that fiberglass does better in extreme temperatures. So we will have different versions for different geographical areas.

The other parts are metal fabrication or bought off the shelf, such as bearings and generators.

We found a wonderful small company in the Netherlands that uses fiberglass for its own products--the kind of people with the old-fashioned craftsmanship of making things to last. That is also close to our northern EU market, which enables trucking for easy delivery.

Yesterday I met with two very high quality Israeli companies about doing the aluminum blade manufacturing (and the rest, of course). I paid an expert on manufacturing there to make introductions, present Flower Turbines to them, etc. I will be going over files with them over the next few weeks. They will work in the Israel market and for export, if it goes through. I met another excellent company there over the last month, but they are more into large size projects.

I've been working on finding US production. I've hired two sets of consultants, and all the estimates from US manufacturers came in ridiculously high. I'm waiting for another one from a company which also builds electric vehicles, so there is potential for a partnership as well in co-developing charging stations. This is an area I want us to approach in many ways. I have to say that I'm disappointed by the response of the US manufacturers so far.

I'm also looking into manufacturing in Eastern Europe. We made some turbines there before, and a friend has been interviewing companies there for me. Another company is making more contacts for me in other countries. Labor costs are low and they have more of an EU quality mentality. I got one estimate so far for the mini version from a Serbian company. The problem is that many of the bending and mold manufacturing presses are currently at capacity.

I'm also interested in manufacturing in India for the India market and China for the China market. It's important to be close to your customers.

One change we are making, at least with the fiberglass. Originally we wanted the turbine in an easy to assemble kit. In discussions with the fiberglass company, we are going to ship them factory assembled with the fiberglass shafts, arms, and blades as a single large assembly. We believe this will result in a total lower price for the customer. Also, because the cost of labor is high in Europe, and there i a shortage of trucking in the US, we have to take measures that reduce on-site labor.

There is also a lot of background work involved in discussing engineering files and details, but I won't bore you with that.

And, thanks to all of you, we have money in the bank to afford paying for molds to get the manufacturing started. Right now, we are waiting for estimates on molds for the fiberglass models. We expect to start delivering in 3-6 months.


We hit another funding milestone

about 1 month ago

We are now over $925,000. That is 86% of the full goal. This is helping us with approaching manufacturers with initial orders and ability to pay for tooling, which is the next stage. Update on manufacturing coming soon.

Notice of Funds Disbursement

about 1 month ago

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Our selection in the Launch Alaska event is now officially announce

about 1 month ago

I've already started contacting the panelists and other stakeholders about commercial opportunities in Alaska, to meet while there.  Alaska is a windy area and one of several good starting markets for us.

Here is the announcement: https://www.launchalaska.com/tdt-teams-19?mc_cid=0f1112731d&mc_eid=119aea96aa

Central Asia market

about 1 month ago

I just got back from being a speaker at the Renewable Energy Summit in Kazakhstan. It was an opportunity to learn something about the market in Central Asia.

The good news is that the wind is excellent in Kazakhstan. And they want clean energy.

The bad news is that the electricity price is very low because of burning coal in central grids.

So the way to approach the market is large building projects where we can install many at one time and make it cost-effective because of the cluster effect. One of the attendees already came to me about a large project his company is building and the owner wants local energy production.

Another is off grid projects--rural, agricultural, etc.

I visited a location in Astana where we could possibly do a first demo project for the country quickly.

And I have another idea, but don't want to discuss it publicly till I execute on it over the next year or two.

I also made contacts for other markets, and every meeting has a surprise. I met a well known European singer who is interested in making a wind energy event in the Netherlands. So we'll see what happens there.

One of the strategies for growth is to get an initial foot in the door in good markets, since the product will likely take off after that.

Notice of Material Change in Offering

about 1 month ago

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Today we hit over $800,000

about 2 months ago

Thanks to all of you who invested. As I said previously, we now have the funds to successfully get manufacturing started and make good on our first orders. More will help us proceed faster, start certifications where needed, etc.

All of you can help this company move forward

about 2 months ago

I'm sure you all noticed what a lovely post we just had from an investor who wants to help get a demo in her city. There are now over 1000 of you who have invested, and there must be others of you who can do things to help this investment's business development. Another simple thing to do is to talk to friends to invest now.

There will soon be an update on the manufacturing. The more I can offer a larger initial order to the manufacturers, the more favorably they look on starting the relationship and spending time on it, and there will be a positive feedback loop.

Opening the market in Alaska

about 2 months ago

Flower Turbines was chosen for the Launch Alaska Tech Deployment track, which starts in October. The goal of the program is to help us find customers and projects in Alaska. The program aims to connect, deploy, and scale in Alaska and address global problems like energy.

This a great state for us: big, windy, with a lot of villages running on expensive and dirty diesel fuel. They are already trying to set me up with an appointment with one of the Native American organizations there both to sell our turbines and to train them in installation.

This is the same strategy that is working well in the Netherlands: Locate markets with excellent potential and find local allies and programs to make them work and develop sales for the company.

The program is located in Anchorage, a port city, which also fits into our strategy of market entry through ports.

As an aside, the speaker at an event I attended in Rotterdam this week is an academic specialist on the Arctic, and we had an interesting conversation about how the melting of the Arctic ice is resulting in instability of the cold air that hovers over the ice.

newly designed website

about 2 months ago

Take a look at our new company website at www.flowerturbines.com

We are still working on some items such as the EU shop.

Setting up a testing station

about 2 months ago

We are testing our supplier's electronics at our new testing station in Rotterdam. Here technician/problem solver Philipp Dunnwald and CEO Daniel Farb are in the picture. Here is a video, showing a big smile after taking the measurement of air speed on the sides of the turbine with an anemometer (wind meter) confirms the cluster effect of higher wind speed near the turbine than farther away. (If there were no cluster effect, the result would be the opposite, with the turbine causing speed-destroying vortices nearby and the unimpeded wind farther away being faster. As a reminder, the cluster effect is a key innovation for our business model.) https://youtu.be/bkSnpFLRgck

Notice of Funds Disbursement

about 2 months ago

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recording and text of the recent webinar with Flower Turbines CEO

2 months ago

Webinar With Flower Turbines

2 months ago

Startengine will interview the CEO of Flower Turbines, Dr. Daniel Farb, at 1100 (11 AM) PST (Pacific Time) on Monday, September 9, 2019. You can sign up for the webinar at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R85K-3JaSJi0MVSP3X5V1A

There will be an opportunity for questions.

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2 months ago

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Up to 1000 investors today

2 months ago

We now have 1000 investors and raised almost $700,000 with 29 days left of this raise and valuation. Capital is a common reason for startups to fail no matter how great the idea. We now have enough funding to start manufacturing, deliver on initial orders, and be successful. More will enable us to grow faster and scale up faster with personnel and planning projects.

We have big ambitions for this company. If you haven't joined us yet, now is a great time.

Wind and Solar Progress

2 months ago

Wind and solar make great partners. They are resources present at complementary times of the day and year in many cases. For many rooftops and other locations, they can be used in combination: 1-2 rows of wind, and the rest solar. Usually when people think of this, they think of how they can both provide electricity for a home, factory, etc., that goes into the grid.

There is another important use of the two together: hot water. Today, we met with one of the world's top manufacturers of solar hot water heaters to talk about working together. The conclusion was modest, but moving in the right direction. We will give them one of our new models of small wind turbine, and they will try it out and see if they want to take a next step and make a joint product (subject of course to both sides wanting to continue). They are currently in several good markets where there are both sun and wind resources.

When I spoke around a year ago at the invitation of the New York City Council on wind, I dug up an interesting study. The largest single source of sulfur dioxide pollution in New York City is not cars--but the oil and gas heating of water in buildings!  Our strategic plan is to help solve problems like this where wind can work with or without solar.


Expansion in our EU subsidiary

3 months ago

The growth prospects for our subsidiary in the Netherlands are getting better and better. (As a reminder, Flower Turbines LLC owns 88% of Flower Turbines BV of Rotterdam.) You will hear more about new business as soon as it is confirmed, but we can tell you that a sale of 30 turbines to a logistics company is being negotiated right now while we request permits from the city.

In order to meet anticipated growth needs, we are hiring a technician/Engineer, one of the people on this page's cover photo, and an intern from the Hague University business program to work 40 hours a week in project management and supply chain.

We are preparing to fulfill orders, and we have already given a Netherlands manufacturer a go-ahead to order the blade molds for a fiberglass version of the residential size turbine.  (As they say on the sides of roads being repaired in the US: "Your dollars at work.") We can use the fiberglass blades anywhere, but we especially want them as an option in extreme climates. (We are also getting orders in the US, and can use them there.) The team will be meeting with the manufacturer in the Netherlands next week.

More on other manufacturing sites in another update.

We are getting invitations to speak at prestigious forums on renewable energy in the energy transition industry and in front of various government bodies. Next week, Dr. Farb and Mr. Osinga are invited to the CEO reception at World Harbor Days in Rotterdam. As a reminder, part of our growth strategy is to target ports, because they use a lot of electricity and have a lot of wind and land. And they are great for networking because a lot of companies work there in a small area. The Port of Taranto in Italy is trying to set us up for a meeting and possible sale with a large factory in their region. This is a specific example of the success of our port-based networking.

some thoughts about energy and cybersecurity

3 months ago

This is less an update on the company than an interesting related thought for you to ponder.

I just spent 2 days at a conference at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Denver. One of the subjects covered in some detail was cybersecurity. Experts from the US government, Google, and utilities talked about the increasing cyberthreats in general and specifically directed at US energy infrastructure.

I had an interesting question for one of the speakers. "Would greater use of wind, solar, and batteries to take homes and businesses off the grid reduce the ability of a cyber attack to demolish the whole economy?"

His answer was no, because the communications connected to the electronics when there is a need to download a software update could end up downloading a malicious program in that software.

So I have two conclusions from that: 1. Solution providers should offer a renewable energy system that doesn't connect to the internet, and 2. We should look later at developing our own electronics so we can assure customers that there is no malicious software embedded in the product.


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Some progress in US markets

3 months ago

Two updates from my recent travels:

  • Today I attended a meeting at the Manufacturing Technology and Research Consortium of Long Island at Stony Brook University. As many of you are aware, they have been a research partner and have matched funds used for engineering at Stony Brook Univeristy. At the meeting, I had a chance to renew contacts with the head of the consortium and some other important technology thought leaders in Long Island. One of these people was the county's energy innovation officer, with whom I'll be following up about getting an initial project on the local market. The cost of electricity on Long Island is the highest in the continental US, and we are dedicated to solving this issue using Flower Turbines.
  • Also, this week, I visited a location for a potential 30 turbine rooftop project in Connecticut. This building is open to the sea breeze from Long Island Sound. We might make a row facing the sea and the rest of the roof would be solar. Their cost of electricity is almost 20 cents a kilowatt hour and so this makes them an ideal partner

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More about progress in the EU

4 months ago

I'm writing this update during a short return visit to Rotterdam.

First, here is a nice article about the PortXL program conclusion: https://portxl.org/2019/06/20/fantastic-fourth-for-portxl/

This has been a great program for us. In addition to introducing us to corporations who have signed and are likely to sign contracts, it provides continued networking opportunities for program alumni. We received an invitation to and will be attending an executive meeting at World Harbor Days in September in Rotterdam. Harbors are a great way for us to make initial entry into many countries. They tend to be windy and have lots of space for small wind turbines. Many have sustainability programs. We recently contacted and will be following up with Hamburg as a possible location for expanding to Germany; Roy met with small ports in the northern Netherlands about making an initial installation; we just received a referral from the Port of Taranto, Italy to introduce us to a global manufacturing company that has a major presence in some ports (we can't give out the name yet);  we expect an letter of intent soon from a logistics company in the Rotterdam port; our French intern is working on a business plan to identify the best potential regions and customers in the north and south regions in France.

We get continued networking in other ways from the program. We recently got some referrals to conferences in the Netherlands. On Friday we took our mentors from the program, from Rabobank and Ernst and Young, out to lunch to thank them for their advice and to get continuing advice about presenting our story in the region. Our advisor from Rabobank is helping us to accelerate our application for a special innovation loan that the bank offers of up to 150,000 Euros.

On another track, we met on Thursday with one of the Netherlands biggest manufacturers. This meeting resulted from their visiting our booth at the Future Flux event in Rotterdam. (Here is a link to our virtual booth that was one of the features of the exhibition: http://www.futurefluxfestival.nl/industry-day/flowerturbine-the-wind-turbine-you-want-to-live-next-to/) Although production prices there may seem high, we explored the production particularly of highly automated parts that could be produced cheaply there for the EU market. We also visited one of their factories that gets smaller companies started with lower production jobs and, as they scale up, they have another plant for higher volume production. We are waiting for price estimates.

We have joined two industry associations in the Netherlands: wind and sustainability. This is also expanding our network.

The whole region is buzzing with initiatives to make the "energy transition" and we are positioning ourselves to develop a growing pipeline and be an important player in that development.

UPDATE: Verbal green light from the area of Zeeland in the Netherlands for 125,000 Euros grant for installation of 5 turbines with monitoring.

continuing preparations for manufacturing

4 months ago

We are continuing with getting estimates from and establishing relationships with manufacturers as we move into the stage of fulfilling orders. Waiting for estimates from some. Met with another one today, engaged a consultant for US manufacturing supply chain, appointment with a large manufacturer in the EU in 2 weeks.

We now hit over $500,000!!!

4 months ago

Thanks to all of you who made it happen.

We are beginning the manufacturing and testing/certification stage, and we continue to need more funds to make it happen. Everyone can help by passing the word. We are planning a mini-validation with our pre-production model in the Netherlands. That will cost around $7000 or so and it lets the world get a quick look at the performance before we send the official version for certification at a testing center.

It is worthwhile for you to visit our technology web page

4 months ago

The information on the technology is frozen here as part of the offering. But the technology page of our website (http://flowerturbines.com/technology/) includes material from patents we were able to file as a result of getting the funding from those of you who invested. It is easy to understand, with explanations of pictures like this one.

beauty and efficiency together

4 months ago

We placed this rendering in a famous tulip park in the Netherlands to show how it can look beautiful in any situation (and yes, we already started to approach them about being customers). And if you want to reserve one for your location, we are now open for that at https://flower-turbines-store.myshopify.com

a short review of where we are now

4 months ago

The major items addressed deriving from fundraising to date:

Patents and research--a lot accomplished, several patents granted and filed

Updated engineering drawings based on the latest patents--almost finished for 4 different sizes.

Setting up a subsidiary in Europe to be part of the energy transition there--starting to succeed. Need more money to maintain the pipeline of contracts we have already started to get.

General business development, conferences, media, etc.

The next step is crucial for getting to market. I'm in the middle of engaging with some key manufacturers and manufacturing consultants. We need money now for consultants, tooling, and getting the first samples to third party testing laboratories. After that, the next set of money will go to paying for certifications, which is very expensive.

So we are entering a manufacturing/getting on the market phase. Closer to the point of independence and internally financed growth, but not there yet.

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Wind Week is coming up!

4 months ago

https://www.aweablog.org/americanwindweek-2019-wind-powers-opportunity/ Wind Week is about the value of wind for America. We are members of the American Wind Energy Association, and here is a link to their celebration of the yearly event. They mostly promote large wind turbines, but the message is similar. Wind is the fastest growing renewable energy and makes a lot of jobs and clean air.

Update on US manufacturing

4 months ago

We have been speaking with and are about to engage a consultancy group for finding the best US manufacturers for the Tulips for the US market. We are going to give preference to family owned businesses and those with a sustainability plan and recyclable materials.

Update on US sales

4 months ago

We got verbal approval today of one contract, and we have set up an installation company as a partner for another contract we are working on.

Update on EU progress

4 months ago

Following our signing of contracts, we are working on things like putting together installation teams, manufacturing, and new sales and collaborations, business and academic.

Another important point about investor discounts

5 months ago

If and when we make another round at a higher valuation after closing this one, there will only be discounts for our much-appreciated early investors.

Notice for Tulip purchasers from the EU

5 months ago

We will be making a separate site in the next week for those from the EU who want to buy. We will honor the reservation made through our $-denominated store, but it will be easier if you have Euros to make the reservation and the final purchase through the EU store.

Important update about purchasing a Tulip and discount codes for investors

5 months ago

The online store is now open if you want to purchase a Tulip in advance. If you purchase it fully now, you will precede those people who make a reservation. Go to flower-turbines-store.myshopify.com to purchase or make a reservation. Some of you have invested enough to get discount codes: Those codes only apply to outright purchases, not reservations (in which case you will get your discount on the actual purchase), and to confirmed investors (we will be checking). If you make the outright purchase, and you invested enough to get a 5% discount from our store, use discount code investor5 and if you invested enough to get a 10% discount, use code investor10.

Important update--you can pre-order Tulips

5 months ago

You can now pre-order a Tulip and reserve a color--standard or your choice--to be among the first to get them when ready for distribution. It only costs $100 per Tulip, refundable, to reserve them. They will be available in 4 sizes. Go to flower-turbines-store.myshopify.com

An example of our pipeline in the EU

5 months ago

The president of the Port of Tarranto in Italy met with Roy Osinga and Dr. Farb at the PortXL Shakedown in Rotterdam. He was so impressed by the performance of the model at the conference in a mild breeze that he is going to invite us to the port this fall as they launch their renewables foundation for the port.

contract 5 of 5 signed for EU at Shakedown at Port XL Rotterdam

5 months ago

This contract is with BT Projects, a project and technology developer in the EU. This is for an agreement, pending permitting, for an initial 5 turbines on the ground near their head office and we will sell them the electricity for their operations. The next step will be to cooperate with them on electric vehicle charging stations throughout the Zeeland region of the Netherlands. As background, the use of electric vehicles is growing in the Netherlands faster than anywhere else.


contract 4 of 5 signed in EU at Shakedown PortXL Rotterdam

5 months ago

This photo is after the signing of an agreement with the Port of Rotterdam. They will be paying us a consultancy fee to evaluate the feasibility of installing our wind turbines to address a special need for locally produced electricity all over the port.

photos with our French intern

5 months ago

Jordan is hired for the summer while not in business school to do a market study on wind energy in France as we prepare to expand into the northern French region of the windy belt of northern Europe. One picture is at the PortXL shakedown, one is in the water taxi to the signing ceremony. (This is the only city where I've seen water taxis. A bit faster than the gondolas in Venice!)

Contract 3 of 5 in the EU

5 months ago

This photo from the PortXL signing ceremony is with Mammoet, a major international port company. (Anyone who enjoys seeing big things move should look at their website.) Our first project is to take some abandoned concrete blocks at the edge of their property, pending city permits, and use them to install 5 of our wind turbines. Likely next step will be their parking lot in Rotterdam, and, if successful, company locations around the world.

A short look at our booth from the Rotterdam shakedown

5 months ago

about the second of 5 contracts in the Netherlands

5 months ago

We signed, and already received a deposit for, an order from a company that provides localized renewable energy for construction sites. This is another market vertical where we see growth. We are helping replace expensive and dirty fuel at off grid sites.

About the Port XL shakedown today--Flower Turbines announced 5 contracts

5 months ago

Today, our 3 months of acceleration for the EU subsidiary finished with a bang. Of the 29 contracts signed by the cohort, Flower Turbines had 5. We'll tell you more about them over the next few days. In the meantime, here is the press release sent out today to give you some context on the program. (By the way, it is only the intense 3 months that are over. We still have office space at PortXL in Rotterdam, and continued follow up contacts and introductions.)

Fantastic fourth for PortXL 

Rotterdam reiterates itself as a city that can make things happen, with 29 contracts facilitated by the global accelerator from the Port of Rotterdam during the 4th edition of its program.


Rotterdam, June 20th, 2019 – A record 29 contracts have been signed in total by the 2019 cohort of PortXL – the world’s 1st port & maritime accelerator. Sixteen companies formed the cohort, five start-ups and eleven scale-ups. Among the corporates that entered in a co-operation with the cohort are partners familiar to the PortXL environment, such as Van Oord, Vopak and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. In their first year of partnership with PortXL, Mammoet and Royal IHC also put pen on paper on a number of contracts.

Revolutionizing crane operations from down under

The largest contract signed – notably the largest to-date in four years of the PortXL program – was by Australian scale-up Verton with a corporate consortium composed by Van Oord, Mammoet and Vestas. Together, they will develop a way to shorten the installation cycle times for wind turbines and make it safer for operators. Verton’s R-series is the world’s first remote-controlled electromagnetic load management systems, making crane operations considerably safer and about 25% faster. Their remote rotating device uses gyroscopic modules to rotate a suspended load. A new concept has been developed in which this unit is integrated into a lifting yoke for installing wind turbine blades. More information: https://www.verton.com.au/

Shakedown 2019

The term “shakedown” refers to the test of a new vehicle, whether it be car or ship. For PortXL and its cohort, the meaning carries significant emotional weight - it is the coronation of a three-month long program full of action, sweat, intense schedules and hard work. The sixteen program participants of this year could proudly hold their head high as they pitched their solutions in front of hundreds of members of the wide port ecosystem and showcased their successes to roaring applause.

Powerful energy transition 

Moving away from fossil fuels is a global initiative, but perhaps the Netherlands is one of the most aware countries on the issue, with rising sea levels putting the nation at high risk. Among the 2019 cohort, there are plenty of innovators with renewable energy solutions to assist with the inevitable energy transition.

US start-up Flower Turbines has created a small wind turbine that people can live next to due to its quiet nature. The Port of Rotterdam, Mammoet and the municipality of Hellevoetsluis have already embraced the flower revolution. More information: http://flowerturbines.com/

Israeli start-up Eco Wave Power has been turning heads with their wave energy converters, already connected to the grid in Gibraltar, and has collected strong LoIs from Ports of Rotterdam & Taranto, as well as Vopak. More information: https://www.ecowavepower.com/

On the topic of Hydrogen there are two companies, US start-up sHYp’s solution creates green hydrogen from water at little to no cost, attracting the interest of Vopak; while German scale-up Keyou has developed a fast and efficient way to modify a fossil fuel engine to one that is powered by hydrogen. The Munich-based company has caught Mammoet’s eye. More information: https://www.keyou.de

Accident prevention through behaviour monitoring 

Indian start-up BigYellowFish integrates the human element in safety matters with their Yellowbox platform, using gamification and behavioural psychology to ensure the crew’s stress levels are well documented. Ampelmann has signed a contract to implement the platform in their operations. More information: https://www.bigyellowfish.io/

Innovative Infrastructure Insights 

New technologies have allowed more insights into structural and soil integrity, helping avoid disasters that might cause large loss of life.

Planys Tech has a fleet of ROVs at their disposal to conduct underwater inspections accurately and without endangering any divers. The Indian team’s enthusiasm and expertise has led to three successful pilots with Vopak, Port & City of Rotterdam. More information: http://www.planystech.com/

The Dutch trio of Richtlijn Geodesie, Sensar and Semiotic Labs all provide deep insights via different solutions. Richtlijn Geodesie utilize sensors via their portable “Defocube” to monitor structures and have landed pilot contracts with Boskalis and the Port of Rotterdam. More information: https://www.richtlijngeodesie.nl/

Sensar utilize satellites to provide with millimetric precision both current and past data to detect trends in ground shifts, pointing out which soil needs reinforcement. The Port of Rotterdam and Vopak have opted to employ their services. More information: https://www.sensar.nl/

Semiotic Labs has a machine monitoring system that detects any upcoming issues, giving ample warning to the repair crew that there is trouble brewing among the gears. Vopak, City of Rotterdam and Royal IHC have all signed contracts with them. More information: https://www.semioticlabs.com/en/

Insights into corporate innovation 

For its fourth anniversary, PortXL fittingly started off its Shakedown event by showcasing the port in 4D – four dimensions to introduce this year’s theme: the four elements. Four of the thirteen PortXL corporate partners each held a plenary session tied to one of the four elements, speaking about innovation in their fields.

The City of Rotterdam dove into the Water element, fully embracing the theme with a keynote speech by Corjan Gebraad about water innovation within the city and how they are planning to adapt to climate changes.

Van Oord candidly spoke about the way the Wind industry can have its moments of strong gales and how even the trickiest wind can mean smooth sailing for innovators willing to grasp the opportunities that arise.

The Port of Rotterdam warmly engulfed the audience with the description of their efforts towards making Rotterdam the smartest port and the Fiery passion of the innovators involved.

Last, but not least, Earth was covered by Boskalis, who shared their experiences in building with Mother Nature, making beneficial use of soft sediments for the benefit of the ecosystem.

Head-spinning numbers

The 2019 cohort significantly broke the PortXL record by signing 29 contracts. The previous best was at 17. Here are again the 5 start-ups and 11 scale-ups composing the cohort:

BigYellowFish, Eco Wave Power, Flower Turbines, sHYp, Toolbot Robotics, andSafety/Werktools, Buffalo Automation, Forward Water, Keyou, Ladar Ltd., Planys Technologies, Railapp, Richtlijn Geodesie, Semiotic Labs, Sensar and Verton!

About PortXL: 

PortXL is the World’s 1st Port & Maritime Accelerator and unique in its kind. We partner with leading

companies, organisations and individuals around the globe, from Antwerp to Singapore. Our aim is to accelerate innovative companies in ports all over the world.

PortXL focuses on building an ecosystem that creates value for all stakeholders. We aim to

accelerate start-ups & scale-ups in a time frame of 3 months. How we accomplish this? With an intense mentorship driven program focusing on port related industries. Our ecosystem consists of

founders, investors and corporate partners (Van Oord, Port of Rotterdam, EY, Royal IHC, Mammoet, Vopak, Boskalis, Shell, Rabobank, City of Rotterdam, Rotterdam

The Hague Airport, InnovationQuarter and ECE) that support and accelerate the entrepreneurial

journey. Everything we do is aimed at growing and disrupting the maritime, logistics, energy

and chemical & refinery markets.

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tomorrow is a big day for our EU subsidiary

5 months ago

Here is a link to the event that concludes 3 months of being in an accelerator for the EU subsidiary: https://portxl.org/shakedownrtm/

We are finalizing our new contracts and partnerships today in time for a big event, with 500 corporations and businesspeople present, and will be able to tell you about new contracts after tomorrow.

Talking with head of Netherlands Wind Energy Association

5 months ago

The picture below is from Winddays Rotherdam.

Although the Association is for big wind, as members, they will help us with getting our views on small wind to the government.

a video to get acquainted with our EU director

5 months ago

https://vimeo.com/338046994

This was made for an application for an innovation loan in the Netherlands we submitted today.

more press on winning the tender in the Netherlands

5 months ago

a nice picture of the technology

5 months ago

This picture is great for showing why it is that the turbines have so much more to offer than other turbines. What follows is a simulation of wind speeds, red the fastest. This shows a cross-section of the two overlapping blades in a horizontal plane. If all the ratios of the different sizes are correct (which no one figured out before), then you get very high efficiency and the speed of the wind as it travels through the turbine on its way to hit the second blade is actually faster than the wind outside (red area in the middle. And of course the red areas on the sides show how the adjacent turbines benefit from the cluster effect of the higher wind speed.

The second picture below lacks the "red" acceleration in the middle of the turbine because it is uses the wrong set of ratios.

applied for some grants

5 months ago

We just submitted a preliminary grant application to the Department of Energy (US) for a project involving combined wind and solar for water heating (major target market is the Northeast, which still uses lots of fuel oil), involving Columbia University and Stony Brook University School of Energy on the team.

We also submitted a grant to the NY Power Authority for using small wind turbines to power or partially power electric vehicle charging stations.

summary of money spent and what we achieved

5 months ago

Here are the major uses of the funds so far:

1. Facebook advertising fees and platform fees. This has consumed a large part of the investment but was necessary to reach many of you and, in the process, we are getting valuable feedback and an idea of who wants to be in the pipeline for when we start selling the turbines publicly, which will be very soon.

2. Patents: This is very expensive. Several patents in major countries were granted this year. More patents, some of them important for the company, were filed this year. Large expense, in the tens of thousands of dollars, but crucial for the short and long term value of the company.

3. Engineering to prepare for manufacturing. This involved both private and academic (Stony Brook University) engineers. As a result, we have some files ready and some almost ready for manufacturing. We are planning 4 product sizes--more on this separately. This is a solid achievement. We are also engaged with a consultant to get CE marking for the products. This is important for the EU market.

4. Setting up a branch in the EU. The expenditures here will eventually be recouped as they are considered loans to the EU subsidiary. This is a very positive development. As you have seen from recent posts, we are developing an excellent pipeline of sales in the Netherlands and other parts of the EU. There is a lot of serious interest in the EU about wind, and we are benefiting from it. It is the right place to be at the right time.  You will hear more about this in detail over the next few weeks. As a reminder, the US company owns 88% of the EU company. The 12% is 8% for PortXL Rotterdam for its investment in the company and 4% for employee incentives for sales.

5. Travel and conferences: Necessary expense to develop partners, etc. So far, China has been disappointing, as it is a difficult place to work in, but we are waiting to hear about a large grant we applied to. Beth, our representative there, has been diligently looking for grants and partners in China for the China market. My belief is that major blocs of countries want to have their own manufacturing in the future, so we are looking into sources in the US for the US, China for China, Europe for Europe.

6. Money for initial manufacturing and testing. One of our most important steps is to be able to afford initial tooling costs and pay for a few turbines of each size, not to be sold, but to get third party testing. We currently have around $50,000 in the bank reserved for it, but we need more. ALL OF YOU CAN HELP. This is an important stage. TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO INVEST. After we raise enough to carry out certification based on the testing, we expect a lot of publicity, because it will give third party validity to our internal knowledge about how well the latest versions will perform. That is great news for the media and specifically the wind industry media. At that point, we will close this round of financing and open up another round at a higher valuation.

7. Miscellaneous: $10,000 for business liability and errors/omissions insurance. Around $10,000 for the demo model in the recent video link and some other models. Some other sales and marketing expenses and tools.

8. And just so you know: I am still deferring any salary for myself. Only when the company financing is solid. I believe this will be a big success and am willing to wait.

another contract in the Netherlands

5 months ago

In addition to the city, we have a signed contract with a company in the port of Rotterdam. However, we can't give details about it because we have an NDA and they have a special business case for it.

Stay tuned for more signings in the next week.

picture of demo model engineering team

5 months ago

This is the engineering team in Rotterdam, along with Roy Osinga and Dr. Daniel Farb, that made the demo in the recently posted video. They did a great job to make it in time for the WindDays conference in Rotterdam.

Time for fun and a quiz! So updates don't have to be all business!

5 months ago

The city (Hellevoetsluis) where we just won the tender has a resident that became famous in an event about a month ago. What was the event?

Photos of Dr. Farb from signing of contract after winning tender in the Netherlands

5 months ago



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The sustainability boost project Hellevoetsluis / Ports Energy and Carbon Saving in the port area is subsidized for 40% by the province of South Holland via the Voorne-Putten landscape table. The remaining costs (60%) are funded by the Interreg Two Seas Program 2014-2020 of the European Union.

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Preparing for the conference Winddays in Rotterdam

5 months ago

Here are pictures of us taking the newly made demo from the engineering building in Rotterdam, loading it in a carrier, and bringing it into the truck and with it set up in our booth. Roy will be one of the speakers.



Residential demo version made--see the video

5 months ago

The engineering team in the Netherlands did a beautiful job to put this together: https://youtu.be/ZgDVu9MeMFc

We are planning the manufacturing.

a grant submission done today

5 months ago

This morning I filed a concept paper for the Department of Energy (first stage of application) with Flower Turbines, Stony Brook University,  a solar entrepreneur, and a professor at Columbia University who specializes in solar. The idea is for some specific applications of wind and solar in combination.

update on the sale to a city in the Netherlands

5 months ago

A few days ago we signed a contract with a city in the Netherlands; today we got the permits. This sale (after we deliver) opens up a couple of markets for us. Of course, the cities talk to each other, so that helps. But the locations are also important. Here is one of the locations, in a marina, where they want both storage space and power together, so we proposed putting the turbines on top of a container. They were delighted with the idea to get two things for the price of one. (They want plain white, but I thought it would be more fun to show you this coloring.)

So we already have been asked to make a proposal to another marina nearby without the container, and a large company in the port said they were going to have an internal discussion about whether we could make one to fit inside a 40 foot container (double the size of the above) that they could use worldwide for operations where they need off grid power. So it's really good how word gets around and leads to more sales and more ideas.

With the city, they are making a signing ceremony next week and inviting the Dutch press. We should have some photos next week.

Another collaboration in the pipeline for the EU subsidiary

5 months ago

Yesterday, we met with a renewable energy project development company for the westernmost Netherlands. They have a location with permits already done where we can put 5 on their property and start selling them electricity. They will help us get a government grant or loan for this initial project. First we will sell them electricity for their property, then convert it into a charging station. Following the initial project, one plan is to set up renewable electric vehicle recharging stations in that area of the Netherlands. For general interest, the growth in electric vehicles in the Netherlands is the fastest anywhere. We want to be part of that market so we can provide clean electricity as part of the source for clean vehicles. Here is a link to an article on that market: https://www.statista.com/statistics/658043/number-of-charging-stations-for-electric-vehicles-in-the-netherlands/

This is more advanced there than the US, but we intend to do the same in the US also.

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second signed contract in Netherlands

5 months ago

Today we received the signed contract for the tender we won from a city in the Netherlands. We hope to have another signed one soon. Things are moving ahead in Europe very well right now.

more progress on EU manufacturing

6 months ago

This week, our engineer in Europe went to visit a sheet metal factory as part of a group that is putting together suppliers for manufacturing the wind turbine for at least the EU market. So things are taking time, but they are getting estimates and we should be producing fairly soon. The engineer is also working with me and a consultant from the Netherlands on how to prepare the documentation for placing the CE mark on the turbine. The engineer just finished designing for an interesting market niche: One of the marinas in the Netherlands, which should be signing a contract soon, wanted two turbines on top of a container so they would have storage space under the turbines for other uses. So we prepared a set of engineering files on how to handle it, and have handed it over to an expert in container stability for evaluation and a report to the marina. Then it's ready for a civil engineer to get a permit. Once we have this as a kind of routine and an installation, it will give us a nice reference project for many industrial areas where the customer can then get two for the price of one! Better use of the limited space in this world. So you see we are working on a lot of details for production, safety, identifying niche markets, and moving ahead with customers.

important patent update

6 months ago

The cluster effect patent--the formula for setting vertical axis drag turbines together so they improve each other's performance--has now been granted in China as well as the US. This is a highly significant part of our value proposition and helps us with negotiations in a major world market. It looks as if the one in the EU is close to granting as well. Thanks to all of the supporters whose funds enable more aggressive patent prosecution.

another manufacturing update

6 months ago

Things are moving along on many fronts for the EU market. I was going over manufacturer questions today with our local engineer for the largest Tulip. For the residential size, there is an investor group interested in manufacturing the small one in Holland and doing a number of things to bring down prices by automation. Will have a follow up call on this next week. In the meantime, they want to show us what they can do my making us a more updated hand held demo like what you see among the website pictures for taking to customers, etc. If any of you want that for your desktop just to enjoy having something to blow on, let us know and we can make extras fairly cheaply, I believe. More to follow.

We're starting to get publicity in Europe!

6 months ago

This is a great article (in Dutch, but just click to have it translated) on our talented EU director, Roy Osinga. https://www.ondernemen010.nl/apps/ondernemen010.nl/actueel/deelnemer-portxl-2019-flo/index.xml

We are in the right place at the right time.

update on residential version

6 months ago

We finished the 3D drawings today. Technical drawings for manufacturing will be ready in a few days. Here is how it looks in just one color.

We are making some beautiful renderings of the Tulip in different settings for proposals, etc.

6 months ago

Here is one in an airport. We are making these for customers, etc.

official version of radio interview with Dr. Farb on Passage to Profit

6 months ago

This is the official version of the video of Dr. Farb's interview on WOR radio in New York City in 2019. Dr. Farb talks about the company Flower Turbines and its special small wind turbine technology and answers some questions. https://youtu.be/KGiFv19src8


Almost every day has some more good news from the EU subsidiary

6 months ago

As part of the PortXL program for the Netherlands subsidiary, they organized a meeting with Dutch CEOs from the Rotterdam region, set in the old library of the picturesque Dutch city of Delft. One photo is the beautiful architecture; the other is regional manager Roy speaking to the group. We met several potential customers and partners at the event.

progress in manufacturing in EU

6 months ago

I've now hired a consultant for the products to get CE marking for sales in Europe. We should have that mostly done in a few weeks. The engineering files for the largest version are out for estimates from subcontractors from the main contractor. The 3D files for the residential version (500 watts) should be ready today and the technical drawings for manufacturing estimates by Monday. We are looking for ways of cutting costs through cheaper installation and filed one US provisional patent relevant to that last week. We have been informed verbally that a city in the Netherlands intends to expand its order to 3 large ones and 3 residential ones. We updated our proposal to them today, and we expect confirmation any day now. By the way, the reason they expanded the order is that they couldn't find any other small turbines that had so much to offer; they were originally planning to spread the contract among several companies but now we are the only one.

a lot of progress in the last week

6 months ago

We are moving ahead with orders and order proposals in Rotterdam. I filed 2 new provisional patents this week. I've been going over engineering drawings with the engineers almost every day for the last month or so, and now the technical drawings are at the manufacturers for estimates in the US and Europe. I just hired a consultant to help us get "CE" marking for sales in the EU, so that will be ready in time to make customer deliveries. We are making beautiful new renderings to show the beauty of the latest version for the public and for proposals to corporations. A lot is happening, and quickly!

Great and important news

6 months ago

The US patent for the cluster effect--the formulas and methods for placing vertical axis drag type turbines so that they can improve their neighbor's performance, was just granted. This is a significant confirmation of our business strategy, of being uniquely capable of providing higher efficiency farms of small wind turbines.

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more patents

6 months ago

I just filed a new US provisional patent on some ways to make the turbines more efficient. I'm going to make some nice illustrations to give all of you an idea (not putting too much info out in the public as we don't want to make it easy for copiers.

Update on engineering files

7 months ago

So good news that the large size version engineering files have been sent out for bidding as of today. We are close to finished with the engineering files for the small version. Next comes production, testing, contracts filled.

application for China grant finished

7 months ago

Beth (China rep) and I just finished applying for a wonderful grant program in China that would be sufficient to establish manufacturing and research there (under this company of course) for the Chinese market. Wish us all luck. Since it is from the government, it could unlock private customers. The review process and documents required are amazingly detailed. It is highly competitive.

Good news from Netherlands

7 months ago

Things are really moving ahead in terms of business development there, and I'm putting a lot of work into making it a successful subsidiary. Last week, we received our first signed contract there, and this week we have verbal confirmation that we won a tender from a city that has locations for small wind turbines. We are developing a pipeline of other projects. Going back there tomorrow.

latest online video from the radio interview

7 months ago

Dr. Farb of Flower Turbines was one of the guests appearing on Passage to Profit on Sunday, April 14th on WOR 710 in NY. Here is the fourth video of the radio taping, showing the third panel question: https://youtu.be/yIV0Fpz4q_c.  For more information, go to https://www.startengine.com/flower-turbines

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third video segment posted

7 months ago

Dr. Farb of Flower Turbines was one of the guests appearing on Passage to Profit on Sunday, April 14th on WOR 710 in NY. Here is the third video of the radio taping, showing the second panel question. https://youtu.be/Cx6VnV68JOw

About PortXL in Rotterdam

7 months ago

We have now incorporated a northern EU subsidiary in Rotterdam, Netherlands, as part of being part of the PortXL accelerator, which is actively helping us launch in northern Europe. We have close to 10 proposals in the pipeline there. Here is a link to recent news, that PortXL was declared the best accelerator in the Netherlands. https://www.portofrotterdam.com/en/news-and-press-releases/emerce-crowns-portxl-as-top-dutch-accelerator

Vote for us to make us a winner! Full excerpt of radio interview

7 months ago

Here's the link to the podcast of Dr. Farb talking about Flower Turbines on WOR radio.https://www.iheart.com/podcast/47-passage-to-profit-29648594/episode/passage-to-profit-4-14-19-30825743/

Here is an 8-minute excerpt of the segment with Dr. Farb: https://youtu.be/XtaMojzUN6U

After you listen, here is a link to the poll section where you can vote for Flower Turbines:

https://www.gearhartlaw.com/passage-to-profit-show/#Passage-to-Profit-Show-Poll

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about your taxes

7 months ago

One of our investors asked me a good question, which is worth pointing out to everyone: Why didn't he receive a K-1 for 2018? The reason is that the round of funding hasn't formally closed yet, as we are extending the campaign in order to reach the goal of $1 million.

Video of second part of radio interview with Dr. Farb

7 months ago

On Sunday, April 14th at 8:05 pm on WOR 710 in New York City and the iHeart app, Dr. Farb of Flower Turbines is one of the guests appearing on Passage to Profit. Here is the second video of the radio taping, showing the first panel question. https://youtu.be/kbyDamDEvbA

Dr. Farb on an upcoming radio show--first video of the taping

7 months ago

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Flower Turbines in the news

7 months ago

Wind Energy just published this on our setting up a subsidiary in the Netherlands.

https://www.windenergie-magazine.nl/21-companies-selected-for-portxl-programme-2019/

It's going very well, and we have close to 10 proposals in the pipeline already.

Mark your calendar

7 months ago

I'll be on a podcast Sunday, April 14 on Passage to Profit, on WOR in New York. You can hear it at www.iheart.com. After the show, the interview will be on the website https://www.gearhartlaw.com/passage-to-profit-show/

We are now over 1/3 of the way there.

7 months ago

Today we passed $350,000. More initial capital means that success is more likely, because a common cause of startup failure is lack of funds. And we are moving ahead nicely, getting more proposals in the pipeline and preparing for manufacturing and certification testing. Pass the word to come to https://www.startengine.com/flower-turbines

New blog from Dr. Farb online

7 months ago

New blog entry on cost-effective sustainability programs: http://flowerturbines.com/encouraging-cost-effective-sustainability-1/


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Flower Turbines had some online publicity about PortXL Rotterdam association

8 months ago

https://www.israel21c.org/3-firms-with-israeli-ties-enter-dutch-maritime-accelerator/

I am now in Rotterdam, and we are almost daily getting more leads for potential contracts. This is looking to be a successful route to go, and we believe many of these will proceed to signed contracts and help our product launch in Europe and worldwide also.

another update on Holland

8 months ago

We got a call about our proposal for a town in Holland. We are on a short list, they gave us more information on the budget, and asked us to update our proposal, which was submitted.

more good news from the Netherlands

8 months ago

Today, I went with Roy, our regional manager, to visit 3 companies in the Netherlands. One was to update in person on one of the 3 proposals we already submitted, and suggest the specific location. We met with two additional companies, which received verbal proposals, and we were told to expect a purchase order for one of them in early April, for the first of several using the turbine for pumping water in rural areas. The other was with a multinational corporation that showed us where they could fit 10 Tulips on the edge of their property in the Rotterdam harbor. We met with the head of sustainability, who outlined her goals to make the company 100% carbon free by 2050.

I believe that the Netherlands has three of the most important factors needed for a good market: high wind (I was almost blown over when I entered the Science Tower in Rotterdam 2 days ago), high cost of electricity, and motivation to purchase because of interest in sustainability and preventing climate change (worry about icebergs melting and raising the pressure on the dikes is a pretty strong motivator regarding climate change)

Arrived in Rotterdam for the PortXL program and making progress

8 months ago

So far Roy (Regional Manager) and I have made 3 proposals for early contracts. All of them have received positive reception and will likely proceed to acceptance. Tomorrow, we are also meeting about another sale and have a meeting with one of the large corporations based in Rotterdam. I will update you more on these opportunities once they come to fruition. We also met with a Belgian investment group which is ready to buy a good number of the first batch of the first residential size turbines if we can produce them in the next month. or so. This is a very good area to initiate European sales.

I also visited a site for 10 turbines at a site in the US last week and issued a proposal. 

update on the Netherlands

8 months ago

I am heading back to Rotterdam for 3 weeks as part of the PortXL program. In the time since the selection days, we have made 3 proposals to customers, and hope to close on some of them soon. We will meet with more companies in the next few weeks. This looks very promising for building the subsidiary of the company in the European market.

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We have now raised over $300,000

8 months ago

We are on our way to $1 million!

This is a good time to review what your investment has enabled:

1. Patents pending and granted: This is a continuing process with more coming up in the next few weeks. This is important for the long-term value of your investment.

2. A lot on platform and advertising fees to get all of you on board. It's a necessary spend, and one consequence is that a lot of you and others who haven't invested have written, asking to be customers.

3. Business development: meetings and travel. This is enabling us to work hard on the Chinese market, and resulted in advances such as being picked for the PortXL Rotterdam program, out of 1000 companies screened, to help us get to the market in Europe. We are also expecting orders and installations in the next few weeks.

4. Engineering: We are now making 3 sizes, one of which is residential. 2 of them should be ready for manufacturing estimates in the next few weeks, including the residential size.

5. We are preparing to start low volume manufacturing.

The most important next steps are funding third party certification (some of the next ones manufactured will be allocated to this purpose) and early installations. We will need more funding to accomplish these steps. It is important for a company to have the capital to grow in the right way. You can help by asking your friends to join in.

Thank you

Flower Turbines is a winner at PortXL in Rotterdam

9 months ago

PortXL is a startup acceleration program for companies with products relevant to ports--in our case, energy. 1000 companies were screened, 28 chosen for the short list, and 21 chosen for this year's cohort. The process of choosing the final 21 involved two days of pitching and half-hour interviews with around 50 judges from around 30 companies.

What does this mean for Flower Turbines? We will incorporate a subsidiary company in the Netherlands that will be our point of entry for North Sea-adjacent Europe, a place where high wind, high electricity prices, and a motivation to create sustainable economies provides us with an excellent market and a potential of 60 billion Euros in sales. We are already discussing installations and partnerships there due to interest from the judges and mentors, and membership in PortXL involves high level introductions to global maritime and port players. Ports are usually locations of good ocean breezes.

Much of the credit is due to our new team member Roy Osinga, a resident of Rotterdam and a graduate of the Erasmus School of Business, who has excellent experience in business development and scaling up companies.

The press release is at https://portxl.org/2019/02/19/21-companies-selected-for-acceleration-in-rotterdam/

In the group photo at the top of the page, Dr. Farb is in the third row with the glasses and Roy is in the bottom row on the right of the director with the orange dress.


new blog article

9 months ago

I published a blog article on small wind turbines for the grid and peak power at http://flowerturbines.com/blog/

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conclusion of Gibraltar visit

9 months ago

It looks as if the visit will result in at least 2 projects in Gibraltar: one for the government and one private office building.
"The opera isn't over..." but it looks as if it was a worthwhile investment of time and money to come in person and show that we are the only company that can give them what they want--quiet, bird-friendly, efficient turbines for a city with great wind but tight spaces.

looking for business in Gibraltar

9 months ago

I'm busy identifying and trying to get us into some good initial markets. One of them is Gibraltar. Windy area with expensive electricity. You can see the way the wind blew my jacket from the picture I posted on the Flower Turbines Facebook page. Today was mostly meetings with engineers and contractors about available projects. Tomorrow: some government meetings to  get support from the top as well. One of the firms would like our upcoming residential version for the top of the small building with their headquarters. Everyone we (accompanied by a chamber of commerce person) meet seems interested, and they like the idea that it's bird friendly. But the proof will be when they place an order. All the best, Dr. Farb.

Engineering Update 1-24-2019

10 months ago

There are lots of things going on, which I'll update you on. All thanks to your support. Today I had an engineering review of the smaller, residential version of the Tulip (2 meters high, around 250 watts) and it should be completed by the end of next week and ready to show a manufacturer. The engineer for that is a new hire who specializes in aerodynamic engineering. We are making both a low volume metal-based blade model and a higher volume composite blade model ....Also hot off the press today. We were just approved for a heavily subsidized program from the State of NY in association with Stony Brook University School of Engineering in Long Island, NY, to hire a graduate student supervised by Prof. Purwar (already listed on the team) to refine the smaller version and prepare it for the market. We already have a volunteer location for our first one from a New Yorker who has a summer home on Fire Island. That is great because the Long Island  market is important; it has the highest cost of electricity in the continental US.  So we are hoping that our new student will be involved in the engineering that will go into this installation, from simulation to overseeing its installation.

We are also making progress on the full sized one, which is a bit more complex. Our engineer for that has started delivering blueprints to a manufacturer for the production of the first few of the latest model.

New blog available

10 months ago

You can see Dr. Farb's latest renewable energy blog at http://flowerturbines.com/blog/ on the issue of grid storage.

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We have now passed $250,000

10 months ago

This is great. We need to keep going. I'm getting requests for installing some turbines on a lease or try and then buy basis. More funds will help get us into the market that way--always a challenge with a new product. This is a good time to add to your investment or contact friends to join.

manufacturing setup and preparation

11 months ago

Here are some videos from yesterday of the wind turbine in low wind to show how your money is being used. We have set up a turbine to connect to a test bench we are making for testing the best gear ratios for the next set of turbines and for testing the suppliers of electronics. This is preparation for fulfilling some orders we are expecting to come through soon.

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posted a new video

11 months ago

Here is a new posted video of Dr. Farb speaking on small wind energy at the Congressional Office Building in 2015. https://youtu.be/V69ZMDa9HJk

 Please pass on to your friends so we can keep moving forward with manufacturing (working on this right now) and projects.

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A pre-holiday summary

11 months ago

As usual, I'd like to thank all of you for investing, and would like to give a small update with what we are doing thanks to the successful campaign so far--but we still have where to go!

One allocation has been to pay for pending and new patents. The latest one filed will be a powerful addition to the portfolio by making the two bladed Tulip more efficient.

Another major allocation has been to start manufacturing. It's low volume manufacturing, but there are still a lot of details to go over. We hope to have some ready for testing within a month. Currently putting together a test bench to test gear ratios for the turbines; it may sound like a technical detail but the range from incorrect to correct revolutions per minute can influence the efficiency to change from 5% to 30%.  Many intelligent engineers got this detail wrong or overlooked it, and that is one reason you may have heard some people criticize the efficiency of this class of turbine, because many manufacturers didn't pay attention to this. 

In addition to hiring a very qualified engineer for this, I'm in the process of hiring two more young engineers for the next 6 months and probably beyond. One of their major tasks will be to adapt the current version for residential use. During this fund raising campaign (which cost a lot in advertising), there have been tens of inquiries about buying a smaller size one, and the funds invested so far are a good start to enable this to happen. The level of response indicates a good potential market.

I am not taking any funds for my time, but am using funds for conferences for business development. Recently in China and India to look for large customers and partners, and at the Eilat Renewable Energy conference in israel to meet potential customers there and a delegation from Power Africa, the program run by the US government to help solve Africa's lack of energy, to make connections to get local project developers in Africa. I was too busy to make it to the beach.

We still need more funds, so please tell your friends. We are also entering due diligence with a small venture capital firm, so that would also enable us to take some more steps forward.

With the current model, we are negotiating some early orders, which we hope will turn into bigger ones soon.

Wishing you all a good end of the year.

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another patent update

12 months ago

The patent for 3 bladed turbines, which makes simple to make ones more efficient, and capable of responding to large swings in air speed, was recently granted in the US.

filed a new patent today

12 months ago

I just filed a new US provisional patent. This contains efficiency improvements for the Savonius type of turbine that will be built into the upcoming version of the 2-bladed Tulip, which should be in limited production soon. This is a core patent. It addresses some aspects of the design of these turbines that have been overlooked in the past. We can talk about it more specifically when it is on the market. Theoretically, this should bring the efficiency of the turbine into the range of over 30%. We will see for sure when it goes to testing at a wind energy research center in the next few months.

another update on China

about 1 year ago

Continuing my meetings here. This week was with the Innostars program--you may remember from earlier updates that Flower Turbines was one of 20 clean energy winners of a nationwide competition for the innovations likely to succeed in China. Meeting all kinds of potential partner companies. (We are also a great potential partner for a neat hydrogen producing company also on the trip. We are talking about approaching the US Dept. of Agriculture with a joint project.) I'm learning a lot as I go. The drawback of trying to work with a large state owned company is their speed of getting something done, but today investment advisor Beth Liu and I met with a huge holding company, state-owned, that says it can move faster. But we also met with a lot of small financial investment companies that are privately owned and place fewer restrictions on their offers. So we will see. In the meantime, suffering from a nasal infection from the cold, dry, polluted air (in the cities) in Inner Mongolia. Advice that is worth more than an investment: If you visit there, take a face mask and some Vaseline.

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update on China

about 1 year ago

I am currently in China meeting interested companies through private references and was at a 2 day conference on suppliers for the Belt and Road initiative. I am still engaged with the main company that is my first candidate for a joint venture. The directors of the company were nice enough to host my Chinese investment adviser and me on a Sunday because they were too busy during the week and wanted to meet. They apologized that the bureaucracy for investment from state owned companies is slow. We are continuing the process. In the meantime, I have been receiving other offers. There is tremendous investment interest in small wind turbines in China because of a recent government directive to use more of them. We are there at the right time. All next week, I'll be meeting potential partners as a result of being one of the winners of the US China Innovation Forum.....I'll tell you some interesting things. I am currently evaluating the wind situation in Inner Mongolia with a site visit. All of the electricity from one wind farm I talked to is exported to Beijing, and there are now limits on how much can be sent so as not to interfere with coal-based power--I guess it's because they have a lobby to keep their jobs--so all new power will be from wind. This means there is an opportunity to provide local, clean power to factories and homes. As one travels around this area, one can see large smokestacks spewing pollution into the air. One can really understand the opportunity for the right small wind product in large areas of China. My guess is that the government, which has a very positive stance to renewable energy, is using this new directive as a way around the lobby, but I am anything but an expert in Chinese politics. Whatever is going on, everyone here agrees there is a large opportunity.

about the Startengine tokenizing summit

about 1 year ago

I was there representing Flower Turbines with a booth. First, I enjoyed the chance to meet some of you in person. Next, it was an interesting summit, full of potential partners for involving Flower Turbines with crypto in projects. Next, a couple of regular investors came by to talk. I also spent a day being introduced to some local manufacturers in the LA area. They could do some local production and installation in a high electricity cost area. So this is on the agenda. Currently progressing in designing the next version for more efficiency and some early orders. More on everything later.

Another evaluation came in--Flower Turbines is "buzzing". We agree, And we are happy to have a few hundred innovators already with us.

about 1 year ago

PreoIPO buzz had this to say: 

Pre-IPO Buzz

October 19 at 1:29 PM ·

[NOW BUZZING] Flower Turbines is pioneering the way for small wind turbine technology. Their tulip shaped wind turbines have the potential to offer 80% more energy per square foot compared to solar. Investing in renewables is the wave of the future! And these turbines are a game changer! Get in early! #crowdfunding #earlystageinvesting #PreIPOBuzz#preIPO #equitycrowdfunding #renewables #windtech #windenergy#renewableenergy









Pre-IPO Buzz

October 19 at 1:29 PM · 









[NOW BUZZING] Flower Turbines is pioneering the way for small wind turbine technology. Their tulip shaped wind turbines have the potential to offer 80% more energy per square foot compared to solar. Investing in renewables is the wave of the future! And these turbines are a game changer! Get in early! #crowdfunding #earlystageinvesting #PreIPOBuzz#preIPO #equitycrowdfunding #renewables #windtech #windenergy#renewableenergy







Pre-IPO Buzz

October 19 at 1:29 PM · 









[NOW BUZZING] Flower Turbines is pioneering the way for small wind turbine technology. Their tulip shaped wind turbines have the potential to offer 80% more energy per square foot compared to solar. Investing in renewables is the wave of the future! And these turbines are a game changer! Get in early! #crowdfunding #earlystageinvesting #PreIPOBuzz#preIPO #equitycrowdfunding #renewables #windtech #windenergy#renewableenergy


Notice of Funds Disbursement

about 1 year ago

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As you might know, Flower Turbines has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Flower Turbines be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

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a relevant article

about 1 year ago

Here is a link to an article relevant to investing in Flower Turbines. The world is going in the direction of more distributed energy, and Flower Turbines could be the key player in the small wind part of the equation. https://greenmoneyjournal.com/the-future-is-decentralized/

activities in India

about 1 year ago

I'm writing this update from India, where I spoke on a panel at one of their major renewable energy conventions, and had lots of business to business meetings throughout the week. I found lots of potential partners for manufacturing and sales, from large and small companies, in India.  Part of the attraction for them is that during monsoon season wind can make up for the lack of solar in rooftop projects.

Notice of Funds Disbursement

about 1 year ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Flower Turbines has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Flower Turbines be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Exhibiting at Startengine's summit on Oct. 19

about 1 year ago

I'm going to be at https://www.startenginesummit.com/ for Oct. 19. All you LA investors and potential investors are welcome to come visit with me there.

updates on China

about 1 year ago

Still working on moving things forward there, and going to China for last week of October and first week of November, when the US-Chna Innovation Forum event resumes. One of the people in the audience when I spoke in Houston at the Forum gave us last week an offer of $3 million for a joint venture in China, but I told him to hold on to it, because I want to see if the $15 million offer keeps moving forward. In terms of that offer, I am planning to meet the head of their renewable energy division right after I arrive in China and talk about how to move this faster past the government bureaucracy. In China, a state-owned company needs to get multiple permissions to take any major step.

some updates on plans with the money

about 1 year ago

Thanks to all of you, we are planning some steps forward.

Aside from patents, travel, and platform and campaign marketing expenses, the remaining money lets us make some advances. I have been planning the production of several turbines in Israel, which is a combination of engineering, manufacturing, and limited production. We are planning 2 turbines for Windtest, an internationally known wind power certification agency, for installation in Iowa, and for some initial orders in other locations. I've been working with the Israeli side of the team: Gil Feldshtein, with 2 engineering degrees and an MBA and a lot of experience, and Gil Dotan, a creative manufacturer, of the Center for Mechanical Development, on the upcoming production. I'm ordering some electronics from China so we can lab test them near the production site.

Details of Dr. Farb speaking in India next week

about 1 year ago

For any of you who can come: https://re-invest.in/session-data/92/

Not just speaking--looking for local partners. Already scheduled meetings with heavyweights like Tata.

patent update

about 1 year ago

The US patent for making 3-bladed wind turbines more efficient was granted on September 21, 2018.

recommended viewing: interview with CEO Dr. Farb

about 1 year ago

Devin Thorpe of Good Crowd and Your Mark on the World Show interviews Dr. Daniel Farb about small wind turbines: https://goodcrowd.info/could-wind-turbines-that-look-like-flowers-play-a-part-in-your-energy-future/

To send an automatic tweet to friends to suggest they watch the interview, click this: https://ctt.ac/93Npe

Your investments are getting attention

about 1 year ago

Flower Turbines hits the Crowditz top ten list of largest crowdfunding investment commitments for the week of September 16.

let's see if we can do better

about 1 year ago

I just got an email that another crowdfunding platform raised $3 million for an oil and gas field investment. I'd like to urge all of you to contact your friends to show that industries of the future can perform as well as industries of the past. We are doing great, but we could do better with more capital.

renewable investment report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance

about 1 year ago

a NY area update

about 1 year ago

I've been talking with SBA lenders about special programs in the NY region. One is likely to approve some projects once I can bring a preliminary contract. An example of the financing would be a loan for $360,000 matched by our putting $40,000 into the project. (This is why your capital is important.) I have some ideas, but I'd like to ask you, our supporters who have an interest in our success, if they have any contacts for large malls or commercial properties near the sea breezes in Long Island or NYC, particularly Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Let me know at info@flowerturbines.com

updates about what I'm planning

about 1 year ago

Thanks to the great response we are getting, it's opening opportunities, and the more capital we get, the more will open up.  Particularly where a matching contribution from us is required. I'm now in Belgium. I had dinner on Thursday with a project finance company to talk about how we can work together on the European market. Then on Friday, I met with people in one of the EU centers for smart buildings about applying together for a grant to integrate the Tulips into their building energy management system at an industrial park in Belgium, and then met with the organization that offers the grants. I then met with some people from Holland who want to install them in an area of the country that is very windy and where homes are collapsing because they are extracting natural gas there, and they are desperately looking for a quick alternative. They are also getting earthquakes there for the first time. That is happening in areas of the US where fracking has been used. This is another thing that shows the importance of leaving fossil fuels behind.

Notice of Material Change in Offering

about 1 year ago

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Hello! Recently, a change was made to the Flower Turbines offering. Here's an excerpt describing the specifics of the change:


Flower Turbines LLC has extended their campaign and raised their maximum funding goal.


When live offerings undergo changes like these on StartEngine, the SEC requires that certain investments be reconfirmed. If your investment requires reconfirmation, you will be contacted by StartEngine via email with further instructions.

continuing with business development meetings

about 1 year ago

Today I had a meeting with a seriously interested leader of an Argentinean business group to start with the Argentine market with an installation in Patagonia, which has great wind. He will share with his partners when back in Argentina, and let me know in about a month about proceeding.

We now have finished phase 1 of fundraising!

about 1 year ago

Phase 1 ends at $107,000 according to SEC rules. We will shortly be posting an updated set of financials according to GAAP standards, which is a requirement to raise the threshold to $1,070,000. Anyone who invests now will simply be put on hold /reserve until we make that transition.

Notice of Funds Disbursement

about 1 year ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Flower Turbines has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Flower Turbines be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

close to raise #1 goal

about 1 year ago

Let's get there as soon as possible. Tell your friends! Thanks to this, already planning some projects.

Dr. Farb to speak in India

about 1 year ago

Dr. Farb will be a speaker at RE Invest in India on Oct. 3 on new onshore wind technologies at the invitation of the Minister of New and Renewable Energies. At the same time, he will be looking for partners in India.

an interesting interview from 2017

about 1 year ago

I don't necessarily agree with everything the first speaker says. https://www.boldbusiness.com/energy/big-wind-bad-small-wind-good/

meeting the CEO

about 1 year ago

I'm going to be around the NY area for much of the next 2 weeks. I'd like to show my appreciation to our early investors by arranging an informal coffee meeting in Manhattan where we can get acquainted, you can ask questions, etc. Also in Cape Cod on August 20. Contact through info@flowerturbines.com if interested.

to show that the turbine is bird friendly

about 1 year ago

This is a video we just processed from the installation in Colombia. 

https://youtu.be/aQArBB6k7zk shows our wind turbine safe for birds as they avoid it.

It shows a full sized version of the Wind Tulip spinning from the wind on a building above a beautiful beach. It seems to move slowly but has a lot of force, which is converted to speed inside the turbine.


Notice of Funds Disbursement

about 1 year ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Flower Turbines has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Flower Turbines be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

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new video uploaded

about 1 year ago

https://youtu.be/ri3ktwxlapM shows a small Wind Tulip spinning while being measured with a wind speed meter. 

use of disbursements

over 1 year ago

We now received the first disbursement. Of the money disbursed so far, around $10,000 is earmarked for patent and miscellaneous expenses since the offering was initiated, legal consultation on the upcoming China joint venture, etc., and the remainder is held for enabling an engineer to update the files and plan the next production run so we can either match funds or install a few turbines in key markets, which is our next step. Some of the funds will be used for marketing for additional investment.  Thank you for investing.

American Wind Week

over 1 year ago

Wind is the #1 growing renewable energy in the US. Even though most of the work of the American Wind Energy Association is oriented to large turbines, I am a member and wanted to pass on a link to their website in honor of American Wind Week. http://www.americanwindweek.org/

Have a nice weekend.

link to Demo Days talk

over 1 year ago

Dr. Farb presented the company at Startengine's Demo Day. 

To hear the 7 minute pitch, go to time 30:19 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diRphEtbD80&feature=youtu.be

 Note that the first slides were not exactly coordinated with the talk.


speaking at demo day

over 1 year ago

I will give a short webinar on July 31, 2018, at 1224 EST as part of the Startengine Demo Day. To sign in, go to https://startengineinfo.typeform.com/to/AExx3A. There are 2 minutes of questions and answers. Looking forward to having you join.

Notice of Funds Disbursement

over 1 year ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

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As you might know, Flower Turbines has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Flower Turbines be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Bitcoin

over 1 year ago

Flower Turbines is now accepting investments by bitcoin through Startengine.

Joint venture in Norway under discussion

over 1 year ago

Today, I had another meeting with the representative of an industrial group from Norway, and we reached verbal agreement for the content of a letter of intent for a joint venture for manufacturing and sales in Norway, starting with a small order of turbines and leading to them paying us to set up a factory there for local sales. Norway is eliminating carbon-burning vehicles in the near future, so this is a potentially lucrative market, and they know it.

rolling disbursement

over 1 year ago

This is for all of you that have already pledged funds.  This is the 7-day notice of a rolling close required by the SEC. A rolling close means that we can disburse funds already committed before the final goal is reached. Once again, I'd like to thank those of you who came in early and we are already planning, thanks to these funds, our next wave of production and installations.

a thought for the weekend

over 1 year ago

I read that a recent auction of large scale renewables in India found few bidders because of transmission issues. This underscores the importance of being able to produce power locally, where it is used. It's not just an issue in India; it's everywhere. Have a nice weekend.

Making plans to put your money to work

over 1 year ago

As usual, I am grateful for those of you who are entrusting me with your money. Thanks to your generous responses, You may have seen that the Crowditz newsletter called Flower Turbines "hot". I've already started contacting some locations for making projects where we can get matching or better grants. The key for us is to have as many projects available for references for sales in major markets. So, for example, what I'm working on right now is a proposal for a location that offers a 70% grant, so that $30,000 of the money you invested would ideally buy us a $100,000 project. I can't guarantee it till the deal is done, but I wanted to let you know our plans. Some of the other money will be spent on patent work.

Tell your friends to chip in. Then we can turn a $60,000 investment into a $200,000 project, for example.

Flower Turbines featured by Crowditz

over 1 year ago

Great news! The crowdfunding newsletter Crowditz just featured Flower Turbines as “Hot” and "Extremely Likely” to reach its crowdfunding goal. Please help spread the word! click here to tweet your friends: https://ctt.ec/0trmo

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