Atmospheric Vortex Engine


Endorsements of the AVE (Atmospheric Vortex Engine) by other individuals or associations

 Canadian Academy of Engineering

Evaluation Summary
The ProGrid Evaluation was coordinated by Dr. Clem Bowman recent winner of the 2008 Global International Energy Prize. Eight individuals experienced in the energy field agreed to participate in the evaluation on a voluntary unpaid basis, to assist the inventor in identifying strengths and weaknesses in the concept and in defining potential next steps. All evaluators noted the novelty of this early stage concept. None stated that the underlying principles violated any known laws of science. Many major advances in science have arisen from ideas that were clearly “out-of-the-box” at the time of initial introduction.

Selected Evaluator Comments
This pathway is absolutely unique and I strongly recommend it for R&D. It produces no GHG, it cools the atmosphere, and allows the recovery of a significant fraction of the waste heat produced at any large installation. If it can be proven to work with a large body of water as the heat source, it would produce seasonally unlimited amounts of energy. This pathway can also be expected to be even better in tropical regions. I recommend that it be funded at the highest possible level that your agency can afford.

The atmospheric vortex engine is a radically new invention for generating electricity. It represents a paradigm shift in how to extract electrical energy from heat available at ambient atmospheric conditions, by creating a thermodynamic engine that rejects heat in to the upper atmosphere. The atmospheric principles on which it is based are well borne out by the existence of tornados. The thermodynamic principles on which it is based are long established and well understood. Significant development effort is still required to commercialize this invention. However, given the promise of the technology it should be strongly supported.

If successfully commercialized the expected impact of this invention is almost unimaginable. This technology promises to allow electricity generation by extracting energy from ambient air, directing this air to the cooler upper atmosphere through an atmospheric vortex. It can be applied to increase the efficiency of existing power plants to generate electricity from the waste heat. It may also be applied to oil refineries and petrochemical plants allowing electrical power generation from waste heat and possibly allowing more production through increased cooling capacity. Because Canadian resource industries are particularly energy intensive, the availability of renewable electricity would contribute to the continued growth of the Canadian economy.

The vortex engine concept does not defy known physics. It will take time and perseverance to develop knowledge relating to the creation of an artificial atmospheric vortex such that it can be repeatedly created and controlled. Further, the concept does not require any new or novel technology. The impact upon society world wide of successful development of the vortex engine will be enormous. Without an energy source which is non-polluting, all nations developed or otherwise face the necessity of social adjustment greater than the adjustment to the industrial revolution of the 18th century; and far greater in magnitude than any adjustment in the history of mankind.

PDF version of "The ProGrid Evaluation - PDF (82 KB)

Atmospheric Science

The "Publication by Other Authors" page of this web site has links to numerous sceintific articles supportive of the thermodynamic basis for wind energy.

Toronto Star Article Extract
Nilton Renno, a professor at the department of atmospheric, ocean and spaces sciences at the University of Michigan, has spent his career studying tornados and water spouts. He says there's no reason why Michaud's vortex engine wouldn't work. "The concept is solid," says Renno.

Top atmospheric scientists from the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have joined AVEtec's advisory board. The group includes respected MIT meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel, perhaps best known for establishing a strong link between hurricane intensity and global warming.

Still, Renno isn't without reservations. He's particularly concerned about the ability to control such a powerful monster. "The amount of energy involved is huge. Once it gets going, it may be too hard to stop," he says.

Link to Tyler Hamilton Toronto Star article

Ode Magazine Article Extract
“What’s necessary at this point is to do proofs of concept,” says Emanuel, the hurricane expert at MIT. Michaud’s “idea is pretty simple and elegant. My own feeling is that we ought to be pouring money into all kinds of alternative energy research. There’s almost nothing to lose in trying this.”

Others agree. “His basic idea really works,” says University of Michigan Professor Nilton Renno, who has devoted his career to studying tornadoes and water spouts. “But it becomes sticky when you think about the issues of control. If a strong wind comes along while you’re trying to keep a vortex in place, what happens?”

Link to Ode Magazine article

Link to Kerry Emanuel article: "Toward a general theory of hurricanes

Link to Nilton Renno article: "A thermodynamically general theory for of convective vortices

 Mr. Jerry Toman, ScM, ChE

Mr. Jerry J. Toman is a graduate of both UC, Berkeley and MIT in Chemical Engineering.  He developed an enduring interest in thermodynamics during a stint in the Peace Corps, when he helped develop the Curricula in a new department of a Polytechnic Institute in Venezuela.   After spending a few years in R&D in the US chemical industry and absorbing the first "oil shock" he returned to Venezuela to become involved as an analyst to evaluate processes to upgrade their vast Orinoco Heavy Oil reserves.  He participated in many projects and studies in this capacity, including one with the government of Germany.   When it became obvious that the petroleum industry formula for solving the impending problem of "punching more holes in the ground" was driving down interest in synfuels, he returned to academia in the US, first as a laboratory (unit operations) Instructor at Clarkson, and then as a research associate (PhD Candidate) in the Separations Research Program at UT-Austin, where he pursued investigations in the area of Gas Conditioning.

He subsequently became inolved in the E&C industry during the "reformulated gasoline", period, followed by a stint as an "Operations Engineer" at a large refinery in Saudi Arabia.

He currently still works on occasional Contract Engineering positions while pursuing in his spare time his interests in the area of "Alternative and Renewable Energy" through his posting on the internet as HvyOilGuy and, more recently as AVE_fan.

Link to article "The AVE Concept: A Paradigm Shift on How Energy Sources are Evaluated" by Jerry Toman on Scitizen
PDF version of "The AVE Concept:  A Paradigm Shift on How Energy Resources are Evaluated' by Jerry Toman - PDF (28 KB)

Mr. Don Cooper, CPEng, Bunbury, Australia

Mr. Don Cooper is a mechanical engineering graduate from the Western Australian Institute of Technology.   He achieved a Master of Engineering Studies from the University of Western Australia in studies related to modelling of gyroscopic dynamics and its possible application in regenerative braking systems.  Mr. Cooper spent approximately twenty years in Academia, lecturing in mechanical engineering at the Advanced Diploma level.  He has also spent approximately fifteen years working in industry.  Mr. Cooper is currently a chartered professional engineer working as a senior mechanical engineer with a major engineering consulting firm in Australia.  

The Vortex Engine - A presentation by Don Cooper - PDF (968 KB)

M. François Maugis, Ingénieur Conseil
Association Energie Environnement, France

M. François Maugis, ingénieur conseil (consulting engineer) from Association Energie Environnement, has written an article entitled "Tour solaire à vortex:  maitriser la puissance des cyclones - Une énergie propre et inépuisable pour l'ensemble des hommes"  (English translation - "The solar vortex tower:  controlling the power of cyclones - A clean and inexhaustible energy source for all of humanity")

M. Maugis states that vortex engine type systems ("rotational flow wirling system") are the only renewable energy systems which could potentially be used to meet the energy needs of the entire planet.  The article outlines some of the historical development by both Edgard Nazare and Louis Michaud.  The vortex engine technology is compared to the Solar Chimney and the additional benefits of the vortex engine are described.

Note:  Article is written in French

Link to article by F. Maugis on

Alternate CDurable web address
PDF version of article by F. Maugis on - PDF (1.9 MB)