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PowerNEST
PowerNEST
IBIS Power introduces the breakthrough solution that supplies the needed energy for high rises. PowerNEST is more efficient than other existing renewable systems as it makes use of both wind and sun, integrated in a single solution. This way, it generates as much energy as possible on the limited roof space of highrises, delivering an attractive payback time. In addition, PowerNEST can be customized to blend with the architectural design thus increasing the aesthetical value of the building.
    Wind and Solar Power Combined
    Architecturally Integrated
    More Power per Area on High Building Roofs (>5 floors)
    Your Personal Touch to the Design
    Future Power and Cost Reliable
    No Noise or Vibrations
    Increase Economic and Aesthetics Building Value
    Save cost on roof degradation

The Road of an Innovation
PowerNEST is an award-winning product that has received an impressive list of grants and awards since the first product idea and concept was invented by our CEO, Dr. Alexander Suma, during his PhD at the University of Miami in 2009. Dr. Suma came up with the idea due to his frustration of the 24/7 running air conditioners on the street he lived in Miami. Realizing there are 6 million people living in the Miami-Dade area who all use air conditioners, he believed this what to change and should be done more sustainable. At the same time he experienced Miami as an area with so much energy available from both sun and wind. He broke with the educated architectural tradition that a building should be designed to protect against all external weather influences. Instead he wanted to open the building and have it collaborate with its surrounding to extract energy. These first thoughts led to a concept to lift up the roof and install a funnel with a turbine inside and cover the full roof with solar panels to make maximum use of all sources, while at the same time he considered the architectural looks as important. As he wanted to attend a conference with this idea, he made all the calculations and the wind part even turned out more efficient than the solar part. He presented his poster to Dr. Bart Chernow who got immensely enthusiastic. He locked the door, called director Dr. Fenjves and patent officer Dr. Neipert to come immediately to see this. He told Alexander that he could not even tell his mom about what happened and in five years he would be a millionaire. After this everything went on fast track. Three weeks later Alexander found himself on the stage pitching for Angel investors, a patent being was filed, and he got a team of researchers to work on his project. He also won the travel award with his poster to present at the National Science Foundation CMMI Research and Innovation Conference 2009 in Hawaii. In 2010, theEuropean Commission FP7 awarded Dr. Rossella Ferraro a Marie Curie Fellowship to work on PowerNEST and they chose Eindhoven University of Technology as a host university. This seemed to be the right choice as TU/e is specialized in product development, and PowerNEST was entering this stage. Business development courses were offered by KIC InnoEnergy and attended at ESADE Business School in San Cugat, Spain. In the first months, the team was awarded the TU/e 55th Anniversary Award for most promising research in the area of energy, and in that same year they won the Herman Wijffels Innovation Award 2012 (NL), BRAINS Award (NL), PowerPitch Award (NL), K-Idea Award (IT), and TEDx Amsterdam Award. The Stichting Technologie en Wetenschap (STW) granted the team a Valorisation Grant Phase 1 and 2 which enables them to build a first prototype and start business development, and on November 14th 2012 Alexander found the company IBIS Power in Eindhoven. The attention was overwhelming after receiving so much promotion from the awards that IBIS Power had to work under the radar as the development of the product was not at sufficient stage yet. IBIS left the academic environment to really focus on market preparation of the product. High Tech Campus Eindhoven supported IBIS Power by offering office space and Diana Kiss was the first official employee together with three interns; Michiel Coers, Divya Balakrishnan and Rianne Dekker. The product development continued in collaboration with Heijmans construction company who was very interested in using this innovation for on top of buildings. The director was coached by Brainport Development who supported with making office spaces available for the team at the High Tech Campus. In line with the company development two more awards were won: University of Miami Business Plan Competition (USA) and the Defense Energy Challenge Award by the US Department of Defense, NASA and US Department of Energy (USA). The beginning of 2015 marks a very important moment when IBIS Power exceled at receiving an important funding in the EU’s “Horizon 2020” SME Phase II Instrument. The submitted plan scored “excellent” on all criteria (business plan, innovation, impact for Europe) and received an overall score of 14.35 out of 15. From that moment the team was extended to 15 people who have been working full time to deliver PowerNEST as a product on the European market. In April 2016 the first demonstration unit was installed in the Eemshaven in Groningen, and the first sales contract was signed with Rabobank. A collaboration agreement with the city of Copenhagen followed to make the high rises of their city sustainable as well. IBIS Power was able to reduce the production cost to half which now makes it an economic attractive solution for all high rises from 5 levels or higher and within 50km from the coast line. It is the team’s goal to make PowerNEST available for all buildings on all continents in the nearest future, and introduce more innovations like PowerNEST to accelerate the global energy transition.
PowerNEST is an International Award Winning Innovation
    2016     Gerard & Anton Award (NL)
    2015     EU-H2020 SME Phase II Winner with Score 96%
    2014     UM Business Plan Competition (FL, USA)
    2013     US Defense Energy Challenge (TX, USA)
    2012     TEDx Amsterdam Award (NL)
    2012     Herman Wijffels Innovation Award (NL)
    2012     BRAINS Award (NL)
    2012     K-Idea Award (IT)
    2011     TU/e Anniversary Award (NL)
    2010     Research, Creativity, Innovation Forum and Citizens Award (FL, USA)
PowerNEST Awards

How does it work?
PowerNEST PowerNEST is designed to solve the emerging energy problem of buildings from 5 levels and higher. Today’s solar technology is only able to power buildings up to 3 levels due to the limited roof space and the presence of ventilation pipes and other installations. In a practical case you can only use maximum 70% of the available roof space for solar panels. PowerNEST solves this issue by lifting the roof area 4 meters up and even extend from the roof edge making 120% of the total roof area available for solar. Under the solar roof a lined up installation of funnels and turbines is installed along the roof edge to capture the façade interacting flow and accelerate it towards the turbines. This ensures highest efficiency due to a concentrated air flow with increased wind speed, and introduces more operational hours as the turbine startup speed is reached more often. The problem of turbulence that most small wind mills in the urban environment suffer is also reduced as the turbulence intensity is reduced by the funneling. In addition, the wind flow cools the solar panels from the bottom to increase their annual efficiency as well. This together results that PowerNEST generates more than 3 times more energy per area and is a full roof solution. PowerNEST can generate in the Dutch coastal area up to 200 MWh/year supplying 80 apartments making it for the first time possible to become a zero energy high rise building with an attractive payback time.

Do you have more questions?!

FAQ

PowerNEST

PowerNEST 1.0
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Single Unit Solution
    Plan size 6X6m
    Wind & Solar
    3.1 kWp Turbine
    6.8 kWp Solar

    For 1 unit placed on a 30 meter high building
    270-610 kWh/m2/yr
    9.6-21.9 MWh/yr

    Compared to regular PV
    120 kWh/m2/yr
    4.3 MWh/yr for the same surface as 1 unit

    Where does it fit?
    Flat roof of minimum 6x6m
    Minimum 5 levels high
    max. 50 km from the coast
PowerNEST Map of the avarage wind speeds measured in the Netherlands between 1971-2000 Heijboer, D. en Nellestijn, J. (editors), Klimaatatlas van Nederland, Rijswijk 2002
*Estimated energy harvested at location based on available wind and sun for a 6×6 m Unit, placed on a 10 levels building.


PowerNEST

PowerNEST 2.0
PowerNEST
Full Roof Solution
    The entire surface of the building.
    Wind & Solar

    For a module placed on a 30 meter high building with a width of 10.8 m
    3.1 kWp Turbine
    17.7 kWp Solar
    280-385 kWh/m2/yr
    22.0-29.8 MWh/yr for 1 unit

    Compared to regular PV
    120 kWh/m2/yr
    9.3 MWh/yr on the same surface as 1 module

    Where does it fit?
    Flat roof
    Long side in the wind direction
    Minimum 5 levels high
    max. 50 km from the coast

PowerNEST 2.0 wind map Map of the avarage wind speeds measured in the Netherlands between 1971-2000 Heijboer, D. en Nellestijn, J. (editors), Klimaatatlas van Nederland, Rijswijk 2002
*Estimated energy harvested at location based on available wind and sun for a 7.2×10.8 m Module, placed on a 10 levels building.

Visuals

PowerNEST 1.0

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Andromedaplaas – Eindhoven

PowerNEST 1.0

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UN City – Copenhagen

PowerNEST 1.0

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Urkhovenseweg – Eindhoven

PowerNEST 2.0

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Rotterdam – Kelloggplaats

PowerNEST 2.0

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Maersk-Headquarters – Copenhagen

PowerNEST 2.0

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Rotterdam – Delftse-Poort

How can I get one?

We are currently taking first orders for PowerNEST, but first we need to see if your building qualifies in terms of available winds. A guideline is that the building has a flat roof (less than 5 degrees inclination), is at least 5 levels high (if in the urban area), and is located within 50km from the coast line.
If your building meets these criteria, please fill out the below Intake Form. We will need this information to evaluate if your building qualifies, and will get in touch with you.

Form

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  1. Graag wil ik nagaan of ons bedrijfsgebouw in Zevenhuizen ZH geschikt is voor het plaatsen van een PowerNest. Binnenkort worden er zonnepanelen geplaatst. Zie dit als een goede mogelijkheid dit te combineren met het opwekken van stroom dmv windenergie.