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Accio Energy Wins DARPA Contract for Electrokinetic Wind Energy Generator


Ann Arbor, MI – December 8, 2009 - Accio Energy, Inc., a pioneer in electrokinetic wind energy devices, announced today a development contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design, build and test a prototype electrokinetic wind energy device.

Electrokinetic wind generators, termed aerovoltaic™ systems by Accio Energy, separate charged particles using wind energy to create an electric current without moving parts. Accio Energy’s DARPA project will expand their proof of concept and create a design study for a soldier-portable version. As part of the program, Accio Energy will team with Applied Energetics, Inc. on power conditioning of the electricity generated.

“For over 700 years, wind energy has been harnessed solely by mechanically rotating blades. With the support of DARPA and our other funding partners, Accio Energy’s aerovoltaic ™ technology is renewing the spirit of invention in the field of wind energy,” said Dr. Dawn White, Accio Energy President. “Accio Energy’s low cost, silent, stationary, and modular aerovoltaic™ systems will expand wind energy to a much broader landscape including community based generation and installations along offshore sites"

Accio Energy’s DARPA contract follows the recent award of a follow-on National Science Foundation grant.

About Accio Energy, Inc.
Accio Energy, Inc. is developing electrokinetic systems that directly convert wind energy to electricity. Accio Energy’s aerovoltaic™ systems will produce low cost, silent, stationary, and modular electricity from an abundant free natural resource: a new direction in wind energy. Ideal locations include sites in close proximity to communities and offshore locations. Accio Energy is testing prototype hardware and expects to install public demonstration sites in late 2010. To learn more: .

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense (DoD). The Agency manages and directs selected basic and applied research and development projects for DoD, and pursues research and technology where risk and payoff are both very high and where success may provide dramatic advances for traditional military roles and missions.


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