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Sauer vs. Wind Energy's 'Wild West'





As we’ve been reporting over the past few weeks, the wind energy industry is now really taking off. In parts of Texas, the price of wind power is now so competitive, they’re actually giving away free electricity for night-time use to level-off peak demand.


In northern Europe, super-efficient wind towers are now up to 600 feet high, as tall as a 50-story building. And in Scandinavia, Germany and the UK, wind beats solar hands-down. Of course, there’s plenty of wind, not so much sun.


Investors are doing nicely, too. The largest manufacturer of those big turbines, Vestas Systems, has seen its share price increase 20-fold in the past three years. (Back in 2012, the company was considering bankruptcy.)


But that’s not the full story, not by a long shot.



Wind Energy’s ‘Wild West’


‘Big wind’ is now big business, but ‘small wind’ is just taking its first baby-steps. Of course, I’m talking of the smaller turbines, mainly for home, rural and small commercial use. We’re on the cusp of huge growth — it’s coming quickly — but at the moment we‘re still in the ‘Wild West’. And here’s the problem …


Small, inexpensive wind turbines are being imported, mainly from Asia, and advertised on the Internet. Trouble is, most of them are poorly made and constantly malfunction. And as service support is almost non-existent, what do you do with a turbine that’s not working, for which you can’t get any parts?  You’ll probably throw the damn thing away and swallow the $1,500 or so cost.


So it’s the ‘Wild West’ because there are no mandatory certification standards. Anyone can import a semi-useless piece of junk — sorry, but that’s the truth in many cases — and once it’s sold, the U.S. importer washes its hands on the deal and walks away. Even worse, lacking any kind of credible certification, there’re no   government rebates.


Fortunately, all this is changing and Sauer Energy is playing a leading role in creating some ‘small wind’ law-and-order. Here’s what’s happening …


The Small Wind Certification Council was created and adheres to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) standards.  They are in comlete alignment with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standatrds --- the benchmark compiled by experts all over the world. The purpose was to create performance standards recognized by the federal and state governments. In other words, if a unit received full certification, then that model could be trusted as eligible for government rebates.


And make no mistake, this third-party testing is expensive and tough! They cover structural engineering for safety and longevity, the bearings, support structure for holding the blades on the turbines, the aerodynamics, rigorous physical stress analysis - and that’s just what goes on in the laboratory! After that comes two to four months of live, real-time testing.


Very few companies in the U.S. perform this certification verification testing, and we’ve picked ATA Engineering in San Diego. There are even fewer companies capable of doing it for wind energy, which makes ATA well-known in this field.


Now that we’ve submitted our WindCutter to ATA for full testing and analysis, everything is underway. Of course, we’ll also receive the official rating for how much power gets generated under various wind conditions. I’ll share those figures with you when the numbers are confirmed and finalized.


But here’s what’s really, REALLY important: Sauer’s WindCutter will quite possibly be the first and only ‘vertical axis wind turbine’ (VAWT), in its class and/or in the country, to have this gold-standard certification. We’ll be premiere pioneers to have this official approval.


Will this make us proud? Hell yes! And we plan to make the most of it! Talk about a golden marketing advantage!


We always appreciate the encouragement that many of you take the time to send along.  You give us the inspiration and fortitude that makes everything worthwhile.  Thank you so much!  We are focused on the goal and see that we are closing in.


Please watch for my letters that we send out every couple of weeks. It’s good talking to you — especially now, with so much happening.  I have included latest press release below for more information.



Dieter Sauer

President & CEO

SOURCE: Sauer Energy, Inc.



January 05, 2016 07:55 ET



WindCutter Certification Process Underway



OXNARD, CA--(Marketwired - January 05, 2016) - Sauer Energy Inc. ("SEI") (OTCQB: SENY), developer of the patented WindCharger® vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) and manufacturer of the WindCutter® VAWT, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with ATA Engineering, Inc. (ATA), based in San Diego, California, to conduct third-party analysis to evaluate its WindCutter™ VAWT for certification.




About ATA Engineering, Inc.


ATA Engineering, Inc (ATA) is an engineering consulting firm that provides innovative solutions through test- and analysis-driven design by focusing on the engineering needs of manufacturers in addressing their cost, quality, and time-to-market challenges for mechanical and aerospace systems.


ATA staff are experts in the design, testing, and analysis of complex mechanical structures. They use testing and analysis coupled with computer-aided engineering and mechanical engineering software to solve challenging problems in a wide variety of industries. Their engineering services include structural design, structural dynamic response analysis, stress analysis, thermal design and analysis, modal test, operational and qualification testing, model correlation, durability analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and vibro-acoustics.


For more information about ATA, please visit www.ata-e.com


The certification plan is the first step in the process of safety and performance validation. ATA Engineering will conduct extensive analysis and correlation with Sauer test data to demonstrate compliance with applicable safety and engineering regulations using International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards as the global benchmark.


ATA will correlate analysis with a comprehensive series of tests by Sauer, assisted by ATA, to validate the design, performance and specifications of the WindCutter. Without certification, customers don't know what they are getting and they have to trust that it's everything they've been told it is. Another great reason for certification is that it makes the turbine eligible for the rebates offered. The federal offering alone is 30% of the purchase price, including installation, unlimited. It comes in the form of a tax credit with a rollover, which means that, if you don't use it up in the first year, you can use it in subsequent years.


Designed and built in accordance with IEC standards, SEI is highly confident that their WindCutter will pass the stringent compliance analysis and testing that is required.


"The SEI team is pleased about selecting ATA as the support firm for the WindCutter. It is critical that our customers have a wind turbine that they can rely on, one that has been evaluated by a qualified third party. It will take a little more time, but it's worth it," stated Dieter Sauer, CEO and President of Sauer Energy, Inc.


To meet the expectations of today's global market, it is imperative that customers know that we have done the due diligence every step of the way and that they be assured of the quality and engineering of the WindCutter. SEI has overcome many barriers and battled the laws of physics. As a result, customers can expect optimum performance and efficiencies to meet their needs.


With today's announcement, SEI is setting a comprehensive regimen of quality control and performance testing for all of its future turbines that will be based upon the outcome from ATA.


The ever-growing demand for renewable energy solutions, coupled with the rapidly evolving number of products on the market, has necessitated the wind industry standardization and certification need.


ATA's capability to provide analysis per industrial standards with proven results will demonstrate SEI's commitment to provide to their customers the assurances and warranties as well as quality that they can depend on. This will allow various rebates from state to federal governments to be obtainable without question.




More about the WindCutter


The WindCutter was designed using the Darrieus gyromill principle and it is our plan to set a standard of high efficiency.


The WindCutter's five airfoil design blades create a power coefficient that is comparable to the large horizontal axis turbines. Its aerodynamic design provides a fast start-up at a low wind speed with high rotational speeds that produce a high tip-speed ratio and a dual manual brake system.


When the testing is completed, this will be the first VAWT in its class to be certified.




About Sauer Energy Inc.


Sauer Energy Inc. is a technology developer and manufacturer focused on the emerging renewable energy market. SEI's first offering, the WindCutter, is based on the Darrieus principle and has five airfoil blades that use the principle of aerodynamic lift to rotate the shaft, and is pole mounted.


SEI also plans to offer the patented helical WindRider model, a vertical axis wind turbine that employs the HelixWind® technology that it purchased in 2012. The higher performance design modifications are expected to deliver superior results. The WindRider is also pole-mounted, and can be used for applications that don't require roof mounting. SEI invented and also plans to offer the WindCharger® brand turbine for a better roof-mounted solution for residential and other small building usage.


SEI's technology is remarkable as it requires so few parts. This means a lower manufacturing cost, more efficient operation, lower maintenance (fewer parts = less chance of malfunction), and greater power generation. This will provide SEI with a new direction for wind capture, making it easier to scale from residential, to powering a small community -- all the way up to large industrial facilities. The market opportunity for this new, self-contained, innovative technology is unlimited and growing rapidly.


With several patents in place and many more pending, SEI looks forward to manufacturing and commercialization. It is also aggressively moving toward a financial return on its investments.


To learn more about Sauer Energy, please visit: www.SauerEnergy.com


Sauer Energy... Harnessing the true power of wind!®




Forward-Looking Statements


This news release includes forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. While these statements are made to convey Company progress, business opportunities and growth prospects, readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements represent management's opinion. Whereas management believes such representations to be true and accurate based on information and data available to the Company at this time, actual results may differ materially and are subject to risk and uncertainties. Factors that may cause actual results to differ include without limitation: dependence on key personnel and suppliers; SEI's ability to commercialize its wind turbine technology; ability to defend intellectual property; wind turbine material and component costs; competition; economic conditions; consumer demand and product acceptance, and availability of growth capital.


Additional considerations and risk factors are set forth in reports filed on Form 8-K and 10-K with the SEC and other filings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon these forward-looking statements; historical information is not an indicator of future performance. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements.




Contact Information


Dieter Sauer
President and CEO

Sauer Energy Inc.
(888) 829-8748


Sauer Energy Inc.   //  1620 Emerson Avenue  //  1.888.829.8748