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Small Business Grants
We’ve all seen the headlines: “Millions in free government money for your business.” Late-night infomercials and Internet advertisements promise grants to start or expand a business. Sound too good to be true? It is.
Facts About Government Grants
The federal government does not provide grants for starting and expanding a business.
Grants from the federal government are only available to non-commercial organizations, such as non-profits and educational institutions in areas such as, medicine, education, scientific research and technology development. The federal government also provides grants to state and local governments to assist them with economic development.
Some business grants are available through state and local programs, non-profit organizations and other groups. For example, some states provide grants for expanding child care centers; creating energy efficient technology; and developing marketing campaigns for tourism. These grants are not necessarily free money, and usually require the recipient to match funds or combine the grant with other forms of financing such as a loan.
If you are not one of these specialized business, both federal and state government agencies provide financial assistance programs that helps small business owners obtain low-interest loans and venture capital financing from commercial lenders.
How to Find Grants
If you are a small business owner, use our Small Business Loans and Grants Search Tool to find specialized small business grant programs.
If you are a non-profit organization or a for-profit business involved in scientific and technology research and development, consult the following resources:
The following is a selection of major grant programs provided by federal government agencies.
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Science, Technology and Environment
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Atmocean’s wave-driven ocean upwelling system operates in the open ocean hundreds of miles from land where there is a steady supply of large ocean waves. Each pump, typically reaching down to depths of 100 meters to 400 meters beneath the surface, employs a surface buoy to capture this kinetic wave energy and pump the deep ocean toward the surface.
The deeper ocean is both colder and contains higher levels of nutrients. Upwelling of this deeper ocean, whether caused by storms and currents or by future deployment of Atmocean pumps, triggers the growth of phytoplankton. To metabolize the nutrients, phytoplankton take in dissolved CO2. This natural process today is absorbing nearly half of mankind’s emissions of CO2 while providing food for nearly all life in the upper ocean. But global warming is stratifying the upper ocean and reducing nutrients which reach the sunlit zone. Fewer phytoplankton grow, diminishing the ocean food chain and absorbing less CO2. This causes a feedback loop as more warming lessens natural ocean absorption of CO2, which then remains in the atmosphere to cause more warming.
In the years and decades ahead, Atmocean believes our wave-driven ocean upwelling system – which closely mimics and slightly enhances the natural ocean process – can play a critical role in restoring our ocean environment and cutting short this feedback loop. On the adjoining pages you can learn more about how our technology works and some of its applications. For more details, please contact Philip W. Kithil, CEO, at email@example.com
Reduce Hurricane Intensity
|Given the very active hurricane season of 2008 – refreshing our memories of 2005 (Katrina, Rita, and Wilma) and 2004 (Charlie, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne) – there is renewed interest in deploying Atmocean upwelling pumps to cool the upper ocean and reduce hurricane intensity.
We have used the GFDL coupled ocean-atmosphere tracking & intensity model used by National Hurricane Center to model the effects on intensity attributable to cooling the upper ocean. From this we have developed the following deployment strategy:
Since the hurricane generates ever-increasing waves, more cold water is pumped as the storm approaches, resulting in overall cooling by about one degree C. – enough to lower peak winds 5% to 20%. Since hurricane damages are proportional to the cube of windspeed, losses could be reduced by 15% (e.g. 100mph reduced to 95 mph) to 49% (100mph reduced to 80mph).
Both in 2005 and this year, a portion of the Gulf Stream spun off and formed a large eddy of very warm, deep water in the Gulf of Mexico. If an approaching storm has a well-formed eye, low wind shear in the upper atmosphere, and crosses this warm eddy, rapid intensification is likely. Therefore, a further strategy is to deploy Atmocean pumps weeks ahead of time in the warm eddy to reduce its heat content and mitigate against rapid intensification. We hope to conduct further modelling of this strategy in the near future.
To discuss in more detail how Atmocean’s technology might help reduce hurricane intensity, please contact Philip W. Kithil, CEO, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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As an individual, you can help in many ways. Developing an awareness of the importance of World Heritage is the first step towards becoming an active participant in the preservation process. You can get informed about World Heritage, learn about World Heritage education, find out how to become a partner, discover how to visit sites in a responsible manner, how to work with us or make a donation.
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If you find an old windmill for sale, first make sure it’s intended for generating electricity instead of just pumping water. One common old windmill that’s often found for sale used is the Wincharger. The other popular wind generator of the era was the Jacobs. These were of higher quality than Winchargers–but many of both are still flying today. Several people around the U.S. restore, service and stock parts for old windmills. And the Jacobs is still being made today! The current production models are very large and expensive, with over 10 kW output–they are magnificently designed and built. Check out the Manufacturer’s Website for more information and cool pictures.
Electricity producing wind generators were very popular in the 1920s and 1930s all over rural America. They were available in many different sizes and voltages, and can often be found for sale in rural farm communities. Most models are quite suitable for a modern remote power system no matter what voltage they are. If you are able to locate an old wind generator, some basic maintenance (rust removal, lubrication, and testing) could put it back in working order quickly. They were built to last–before Rural Electricifation, they were the ONLY source of power for many rural farms and ranches. Backwoods Home Magazine published an excellent article in 2001 about finding and restoring old wind generators.
- Homebrew Wind Turbine Construction Seminar, July 25-31 2009, Gerald, Missouri. More details, costs, and online registration (now OPEN) are available at the Evergreen Institute website. This will be a hands-on, 6-day, very intensive turbine building seminar that will end with a complete wind turbine install and erection. Loads of fun and great knowledge to be gained by everyone. Expect to be completely exhausted by the end of it!
Homebrew Wind Turbine Construction Seminar, August 17-22 2009, at the Otherpower wind turbine shop, 35 miles West of Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. This will be a hands-on, 6-day, very intensive turbine building seminar that will end with a complete wind turbine install and erection. Loads of fun and great knowledge to be gained by everyone. Expect to be completely exhausted by the end of it! Registration is NOW OPEN, and class is capped at 12 students, so register early.
Contact us for more information if you want to book a seminar of your own here in Colorado for 2-4 students, or seminar at your own location. Many of these seminars we put on are made possible by grant money from universities and community colleges, who sponsor instructors and professors to attend. We can also provide references from past seminars.
OPTIONS FOR GETTING STARTED IN WIND POWER
Build your own!
Homebrew Wind Power by Dan Bartmann and Dan Fink.The best book out there about building and flying do-it-yourself wind turbines. We know, because we wrote it!
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Building a wind generator from scratch is not THAT difficult of a project. You will need a shop with basic power and hand tools, and some degree of dedication. Large wind generators of 2000 Watts and up are a major project needing very strong construction, but smaller ones in the 700-1000 Watt, 8-11 foot range can be built fairly easily! In fact, we highly recommend that you tackle a smaller wind turbine before even thinking about building a large one. You’ll need to be able to cut and weld steel, and a metal lathe can be handy (though you could hire a machine shop that turns brake rotors do do some small steps for you).
In most locations, GENTLE winds (5-15 mph) are the most common, and strong winds are much more rare. As you’ll see by examining our latest machines, our philosophy about designing wind turbines is to make large, sturdy machines that produce good power in low wind speeds, and are able to survive high wind events while still producing maximum power. The power available in the wind goes up by a factor of 8 as the windspeed doubles.
Other critical factors are rotor size and tower height. The power a wind turbine can harvest goes up by at least a factor of 4 as you double the rotor size. And making a tower higher gets you above turbulence for better performance and substially increased power output. Putting a wind turbine on a short tower is like mounting solar panels in the shade!
Before you jump into building your own wind turbine or buying a commercial one, do your homework! There are certain things that work and certain things that don’t, and you can save hours and dollars by learning from other people’s successes and mistakes. Some recommended reading:
- Our book Homebrew Wind Power covers everything you need to know about the physics behind turning moving air into electricity, and includes detailed, step-by-step illustrated instructions on how to build a 10-foot diameter, 1 kilowatt turbine. And much more, including controls, wiring, towers, and troubleshooting.
- Our article The Bottom Line About Wind Turbines is an essential introduction to wind power. It covers the basics of how wind comes to us, how much power different size wind turbines can make in different wind regimes, and has a very handy section on detecting wind turbine scams.
Put Yourself in Charge of Your Home’s Energy Needs
Take control of your home’s energy needs by harnessing a free resource—the wind. How? With a residential wind generator from Skystream®. Designed for homes just like yours, the smart, modern Skystream 3.7 converts wind into electricity you can use. It lowers your electric bill by as much as 80%, protects you against volatile electricity prices, reduces your dependence on foreign oil, and produces clean energy that doesn’t affect global warming. Most importantly, it provides independence and stability for you and your family.
On February 17, 2009 President Obama signed the American Recovery and Re-investment Act of 2009 into law. The bill improves upon the 2008 tax credit, by removing “cost caps.” This change allows consumers and small businesses to take a 30% tax credit off the installed cost of a wind turbine.
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I found a site that had a build your own generator a while back – something like a home garage project. Will find it again and post it later . . .
It looks like the states and non-profits, cities and counties are good places to look for business grants, as well as specific industry groups. I’m going to look around for those also. I wonder how much could be raised with a business that is built from the ground up with green – ecologically friendly practices from the get-go. Might be interesting to find out.
– cricketdiane, 06-06-09