One of the largest industries in the world is energy, making up roughly 12% of the global Gross Domestic Product. Innovative development of clean and renewable energy is now here in South Florida, right here in our back yard. Chava Wind LLC, a division of Chava Energy LLC founded by Hagen Ruff, is testing its prototype Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) here in Homestead.
“Everything has to be certified to the high wind speeds, and we can say we are certified in Miami Dade county standards structurally,” says Ruff, “and that will hold up nearly anywhere else in the world.”
Chava Energy is a company that researches experimental technology to gather ambient energy, which is an idea that goes back to Nikola Tesla over 100 years ago. Ambient energy is energy that is virtually inexhaustible because it is everywhere and you can harvest it anytime, and includes heat, electromagnetic waves, atmospheric static energy, and Zero-Point Energy. The goal of Chava’s research is to be able to convert such ambient energy into electric energy, so in theory there would be an inexhaustible supply of energy.
Ruff is hoping that the success of Chava Wind will financially support and accelerate the ongoing experimental research for Chava Energy, which is being conducted in their labs located in the US, Germany, and Australia.
Their entrance into the market will be Japan, where clean energy has become a major interest since the Fukushima nuclear power plant was damaged in the 2011 Tsunami, which led to a melt-down and the biggest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
“After the Fukushima power plant reactors went down, the Japanese have a shortage of energy and do not want to increase their dependence on fossil fuels, and instead want to follow the German model and substantially grow the renewable segment, of which small VAWTs are one of their defined pillars.”
Chava Wind over the past years has developed a new style of wind turbine and it is now being up-scaled to produce more energy for the Japanese market. To help spur interest in the wind turbines, Japan is incentivizing the smaller prototype wind turbine up to 20KW rated inverter capacity at the equivalent of 58 U.S cents per Kilowatt Hour of energy, which puts back that energy into the power grid.
While is initial 12KW version has been completed, the new 25KW prototype is being designed, built and currently tested at their facility in Homestead and has a projected completion date by the end of October.
Unfortunately, Hagen Ruff pointed out that for energy conscious individuals and business owners in South Florida, we do not have high enough average sustained wind speeds for a wind turbine to be an economical solution to Florida’s high dependence on non-renewable energy.
To learn more about Chava Energy as well as ambient energy, you can visit their website at www.chavaenergy.com and www.chavascience.com and you can learn more about Chava Wind at www.chavawind.com.