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Matryoshka Dolls

A Matryoshka is a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size nested inside each other. The first one was created by a Russian craftsman in 1890.  If you want to know what stacking dolls has to do with transforming the wind industry, read on.

Planting a Seed

Our big news is that NextPower360 closed on the first $1.0 M investment of our Seed Round!  Thank you so much to Good Growth Capital, JACS Capital, and our angel investors.  Most of the invested funds will be used to hire technicians, do computer modeling, and acquire equipment so Tony can accelerate the R&D process.  We will close the round when we reach $2.0 M in investment.   


Historical Context 

In late November, we received strong validation of our patent application when our patent attorney shared the following:  “Great news!  We received the Notice in the NextPower360 PCT Patent Application (the international patent application) that indicates all claims as patentable over the closest prior art found during the international patent search.”  The NextPower360 team is gratified, but not surprised, to receive this positive news.   

Also on the technology front, we have come to appreciate that our technology builds on a branch of generator/motor research that goes back more than 130 years. 

In the 19th Century, primitive Homopolar Faraday Drum generators, despite many advantages, were justifiably all but abandoned in their early state. They had a perfectly ordered field that conferred simplicity, robustness, and a higher ratio of power to mass than even today’s modern machines. They also had a more powerful field due to the close proximity of their magnets and the absolute perfect order of that field.  Because the rotor’s mass was connected in parallel, the Homopolar Faraday Drum generators produced the wrong type of power (high amperage/low voltage current) which was nearly useless for commercial applications. 

Those who want to dig into the technology will be interested to learn that our innovation employs the Faraday Drum’s best feature -- its powerful, uniform, orderly radial magnetic field -- and changes the rotor structure to a series system that internally steps up the voltage before it leaves the rotor. The open tubular shape of our rotors and stators allows additional layers of rotor and stator sets to be nested concentrically within the outermost set. This is the equivalent of putting smaller generators inside of larger generators, much like Russian Matryoshka dolls.  Not only does this multiply the power density, but because the additional rotor and stator sets are of different diameters, the different sized rotors cut in at different wind speeds, providing one aspect of our system’s automatic and intrinsic adaptability. All of this is accomplished with a much lower parts count than incumbent technology. 


What to Expect Next 

Our Seed Round investment, initial validation of our patent claims, and R&D breakthroughs mean that NextPower360 is transitioning from a startup to a company that is building traction.  In the coming months, we will move to a larger lab, purchase or lease equipment that will allow faster prototyping, build computer models of our generator, continue to execute on our patent/intellectual property (IP) strategy, conduct a thorough technology economic assessment (TEA), and build deeper relationships with players in the wind power ecosystem.  Additionally, we will prepare ourselves for a late 2024 Series A capital raise of about $10 M to continue our R&D and commercialize our technology.   


One day, when NextPower360 is outrageously successful, I am going to commission a set of Matryoshka dolls with Tony Iacovelli as the outermost doll, Nikola Tesla in the middle, and Michael Faraday, “the father of electricity”, as the center doll.  Let me know if you would like a set!


Michael Shore



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