Traditional renewable energies are not replacing energy generated by fossil fuels quickly enough.

To date, approximately one trillion dollars and 40 years have been invested developing solar and wind energy. Despite this enormous investment, only 1% of worldwide electrical energy produced is from solar, and only 4% is from wind1. Renewable energy promises clean energy generation, but traditional renewable technologies still require government subsidies to be competitive. The United States and other countries that are mandating a shift to renewable energies will need lower cost options to meet environmental goals.

Airborne wind energy will be the lowest cost electricity of the 21st Century.

Windlift airborne wind energy (AWE) offers a way out of this cycle. Requiring 95% less concrete and steel than traditional wind systems, Windlift’s AWE systems use tethered Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that harvest electricity anywhere there is wind, on and offshore. Land AWE systems may be mobile, transported on trailers or anchored in place permanently. Offshore AWE systems are tethered to anchored buoys that are out of sight from land.

Military contract awards fund Windlift’s R&D and manufacturing.

Our military requires electricity for forward operating positions. Windlift’s AWE systems are designed to meet the electricity demands of military outposts, and our elevated vehicles provide an ideal platform for high-bandwidth communications and local security. Currently, most electricity for forward outposts is provided by supply lines transporting fuel to the front lines. Supply lines are costly to operate in terms of dollars and lives lost. Supply lines are the most vulnerable part of military operations. Testing, R&D and even building manufacturing facilities can be developed with government funding and military contract awards. A prototype of the Windlift AWE system was delivered to the US Marine Corps in 2016.

Offshore wind provides massive potential for generating electricity to islands and national grids.

Traditional offshore wind farms are very expensive to build and operate. In addition, there is often strong opposition by coastal communities that do not want to see wind turbines in the ocean, but are otherwise supportive of renewable, clean energy. Windlift systems are smaller and can be sited far enough offshore to never be visible from the coastline. Other advantages of offshore siting include nearly unlimited siting potential close to major population centers, the ability to provide energy to islands which now pay high costs for energy, and a reduction in safety and airspace concerns. When mature, Windlift’s airborne wind energy systems will produce electricity at half the cost of coal plants, leading to widespread, organic adoption.

1U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 2016 report of Projected World Electrical Energy Production

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Rob Creighton
Founder & CEO

Rob had the idea for Windlift in 2004 while working in a biotechnology laboratory at UW-Madison. An inveterate tinker, Rob believed that recent advances in computer and materials technology would enable a new class of tethered aircraft to harness high altitude wind energy. After discovering the foundational work of Miles Loyd in 2007, Rob abandoned a career in biotechnology for Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) and never looked back.

Rob was recently published in IEEE Spectrum magazine. To read the article, Click Here.

Andy Stough

Andy joined Windlift in 2009 and leads technical development for the company. His rich background in mechanical engineering includes decades of experience at Caterpillar, Westinghouse, and Battelle. His broad experience managing complex projects and his technical brilliance have driven Windlift’s system development to ever greater heights.

Mark Aull
VP of Aerospace

Mark joined Windlift in 2013 and has greatly expanded the technical capabilities of the company. Coming from NASA Langley, Mark was instrumental in developing their AWE technology demonstrator. His background in aerospace engineering coupled with a gift for software and hardware integration have made him an invaluable addition to the Windlift team. While at Windlift, Mark is also pursuing his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

Holly Mayo Borden

Holly’s background in documentary film and introducing emerging technologies in the elearning and telehealth industries helps catalyze expanding Windlift’s technology. Holly develops strategic
partnerships, and leads Windlift’s marketing and PR.

Ed White

Ed is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Field2Base, Inc., a Morrisville, NC based technology company that uses tablet computers, wireless communications and Field2Base software to support mobile forms automation for a variety of vertical markets.He is also the founder of White Ventures LLC, a private equity and commercial real estate development company.

In 1980, after working for Westinghouse Electric Corporation for several years, Ed founded Utility Translation Systems, Inc. (UTS), a very successful remote-meter reading software company headquartered in Raleigh, NC. In 1996 he sold UTS to Itron, Inc., a leading supplier of energy information and communications solutions to the utility industry. He served as Itron’s Chairman of the Board until retiring in 2003 and has been a frequent speaker on metering, smart grid, and deregulation of the power supply industry at industry conferences throughout the world.

Ed is a graduate of the North Carolina State University School of Engineering, and is past president and member of the university’s Engineering Foundation’s Board of Directors. He has served on the Board of Directors of Morrisville’s Chamber of Commerce and is their former chairman. He is also the former Chairman of the Board for GRIDiant, Inc., and is on the board of directors for Stewart Engineering, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, Causam Energy, and a former director of eMeter. He isChairman and a founding board member of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster. He has also served as president of North Ridge Country Club.

Major General Nick Justice – Advisor

Major General Nick Justice joined PowerAmerica Institute as the Executive Director in January of 2015. As Executive Director of the Institute, General Justice heads the first National Manufacturing Institute led by a university.

General Justice retired from the United States Army after more than 42 years of service as an American soldier. He earned a BA in History from the University of Maryland, a Master’s degree in Management from Pepperdine University, and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Salve Regina College. General Justice’s military education includes a Master of Science degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the Senior Acquisition Course of the Armed Forces, and a Master’s degree from the United States Naval War College.

General Justice is interested in bring stakeholders together from all aspects of industry, from within the workforce and across education to create highly effective learning teams. His expertise is helping to bring many of the world’s leading manufacturers, and end users together with experts from top research universities and government agencies for a cleaner more energy efficient world.

Neil Hughes

Neil is a consultant in the energy sector having recently held the position of Head of Technology for National Grid. As an Electrical Engineer with 30 years’ experience in industry in a variety of technical, strategy and business development roles, he has detailed knowledge of the energy sector and the challenges facing the industry in securing a low carbon future in a safe, reliable and affordable way. His particular interest is in identifying and supporting early stage disruptive technologies/companies that can transform the sector.

Neil is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the IET and member of their Energy Policy Panel. He sits on a number of advisory boards in the UK and US.


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