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Ogin was formerly known as FloDesign, a spinoff from the aerospace community surrounding the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Their twist on DAWT design was the use of mixer-ejector technology originally developed for jet engines. With eerie parallels to Vortec, FloDesign used all the same superlatives to describe their take on an old concept.

Power Performance Test on the Ogin 2.2 Ducted Wind Turbine Prototype

May 22, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

I've received a portion of Intertek's 2016 power performance test of Ogin's Model 2.2 150-kW ducted wind turbine "over the transom" as we say. The much hyped and controversial device delivered its...[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin FloDesign-Ogin

The Devil Wears a Halo: Ducted Turbine Rises from the Grave

May 9, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Flamboyant ducted wind turbine venture Ogin died a costly death in 2017, taking with it hundreds of millions in investments. The debacle tarnished the reputations of Technology Review, Arpa (DOE's...[more]

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Derelict FloDesign-Ogin Ducted Device Still Standing in Antelope Valley

April 29, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Yep, it's still there. Derelict and long abandoned, the FloDesign-Ogin prototype ducted wind turbine is still standing in the Antelope Valley between I-5 and Lancaster and north of Hwy 138.[more]

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Video footage of FloDesign-Ogin Antelope Valley Prototype DAWT

January 15, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

While poking around on the Internet to see if anything new had popped up on some of my favorite ducted turbine projects I came across some videos of FloDesign-Ogin that I hadn't seen before.[more]

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What went wrong with that weird wind turbine on Deer Island?

May 5, 2017,   by Scott Kirsner

Ogin raised more than $150 million in funding — even attracting the attention of former Vice President Al Gore, now a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, one of the company’s earliest...

Category: FloDesign-Ogin FloDesign-Ogin

FloDesign’s State Subsidy Up in Smoke

May 4, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Among all those who lost money in the FloDesign-Ogin fiasco is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Compared to others the state lost a relatively modest amount of $3 million.[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin FloDesign-Ogin

Kiwi Pension Fund Loses $50 Million in Ogin Ducted Turbine Fiasco

April 21, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

New Zealand’s Superannuation Fund has written down its $47.5 million (NZ) investment in ducted turbine promoter Ogin. [more]

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NZ Super Fund writes down wind turbine investment; remains committed to investing in early stage companies

April 21, 2017,  

In June 2016 the Ogin Board of Directors and management mutually agreed to separate. At that point we wrote the Fund’s NZ$47.5 million investment down to nil, and that was included in our annual...

Category: FloDesign-Ogin FloDesign-Ogin

FloDesign Ogin Ducted Wind Turbine at Deer Island Coming Down

November 14, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

FloDesign’s prototype ducted wind turbine on Deer Island in Boston Harbor is being removed, according the agency that operates the nearby sewage treatment plant.[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines FloDesign-Ogin

Ogin Ducted Turbine Employees Speak Out

August 23, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Former employees of the erstwhile ducted turbine manufacturer Ogin have posted comments about their jobs on a public web site.[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines FloDesign-Ogin

Close-up Photos of Ogin DAWT Dismantlement in San Gorgonio Pass

August 22, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

More photos of the Ogin ducted wind turbine dismantlement have been “thrown over my transom.” These close-up photos show far more detail of the disassembly and scrapping process than before.[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines FloDesign-Ogin

Ogin Ducted Turbines Removed Near Palm Springs (Updated with Photos)

August 1, 2016,  

The highly hyped ducted wind turbines near Palm Springs have been removed. The Ogin turbines were removed sometime this summer.[more]

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Ogin Installs Ducted Turbines in the San Gorgonio Pass

January 27, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Ogin, the Massachusetts-based ducted turbine company, has installed six of seven turbines in the San Gorgonio Pass near Palm Springs, California.[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, News on Large Wind FloDesign-Ogin

FloDesign-Ogin Diffuser Augmented Turbine (DAWT) in the Wild

July 27, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

What the photos clearly show is that the prototype has abandoned the lobed mixer-ejector feature that was the hallmark of the design—and the justification for the hype that this turbine would be the...[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy FloDesign-Ogin

Business Day: Super DAWT investment winded by critics

February 16, 2014,   by Matt Nippert

A wind energy firms' claims it will revolutionise wind power have been questioned by critics following a US$55 million investment in it by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines, News on Large Wind, FloDesign-Ogin FloDesign-Ogin

FloDesign-Ogin Some Brief Comments

February 12, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Wind Energy for the Rest of Us. It is provided here in the public interest because of recent controversy surrounding FloDesign and...[more]

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines, News on Large Wind, FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines FloDesign-Ogin

Fantasy Wind Turbines or If It's Too Good To Be True . . .

July 20, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

Scams, Frauds, & Flakes--Tell-Tale Signs[more]

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