Atmospheric Vortex Engine

Author Biography

Atmospheric vortex engine inventor Louis Michaud received a bachelor in electrical engineering from Nova Scotia Technical College in 1962. He studied meteorology as a naval officer. He has been process control engineer in the petrochemical, nuclear, paper, and aluminum industries. Michaud is interested in difficult to control processes and does not accept that natural processes such as tornadoes cannot be controlled.

He worked for 25 years as a senior process control engineer for Imperial Oil Limited, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil. As the lead process control engineer in an ethylene plant he implemented of a highly successful advanced multi-variable model based controller responsible for controlling the seven main product concentrations while maximizing throughput subject to over 100 constraints. Michaud has played leading technical roles in the implementation and upgrade of distributed control systems. He is interested in all aspects of process engineering and is known for coming up with operator friendly process displays and with innovative solutions to field instrumentation problems.

The vortex engine was initially a private initiative. Louis Michaud became aware of the possibility of obtaining energy through atmospheric convection when he realized that more energy is produced by the expansion of a heated gas than is required to compress the same gas after it has been cooled and that this process must surely be responsible for the energy of tornadoes. Michaud self studied meteorology and published nine articles in peer reviewed meteorological or energy journals. In 2001 Michaud undertook the design of the AVE for which patents have since been issued. Developing the Atmospheric Vortex Engine will require extensive resources. There were earlier related proposals that did not get the support needed to be developed. In 2003, Michaud decided to group relevant information on a web site to raise awareness of the energy production potential of the atmosphere and to ensure that future inventors are aware of prior work. Michaud welcomes feedback, encouragement, and development support; if you find the concept interesting please let him know.

Louis Michaud is President of of AVEtec Energy Corporation, he resides at: 1269 Andrew Ct., Sarnia, Ontario, N7V 4H4, Canada, along with his wife Suzanne; he hope that the atmospheric vortex process will contribute to the alleviation of global warming and provide for the future energy needs of his three children and four grandchildren. He can be reached by telephone at: 519-542-4464, or by email at: lmichaud at

Engineering Presentations

Michaud, L.M. and Segall, N.L.,The Periodic Reset Controller: A Modification of PID control with Particular Application to Integrating Processes. Presented at the 48th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference. London, ON, October 4-7, 1998.

Percell, E.S., and Michaud, L.M.,Building an Effective Operator Interface for Complex APC Applications.
Presented at the AIChE 2006 Spring National Meeting Ethylene Producer - Process Control Session Orlando, FL, April 24-27, 2006
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Retirement Speech and Notice

Retirement Speech by Leonard Segall, Ph.D., P.Eng.
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