The BarberWind technology is an innovative and unique design for a wind turbine that could be cheaper than coal and natural gas. This technology has the potential to completely revolutionize the clean energy industry. Conceived with ideas utilized in the amusement ride industry, the BarberWind turbine features a supportive rim and five blades with capabilities for both pitch and twist. The turbine is significantly more efficient than traditional wind turbines and is also much more cost effective. The addition of the rim allows the BarberWind turbine to extract power without the use of a costly and very high maintenance gearbox. This innovation could change the viability of wind energy.
The BarberWind turbine design also has the ability to be barge mounted and located offshore in deep water. The BarberWind offshore design allows twin turbines to be built on a very strong support bridge and mounted on a standard ocean-going barge. It is secured with one anchor line attached to a permanent buoy which allows the barge to rotate downwind using up a relatively small area of the ocean. The BarberWind offshore turbine can be lowered in four hours and brought to port for maintenance, or taken out of the path of a hurricane. The BarberWind turbine has the potential to be much bigger than current wind turbines without the need for either large permanent magnet generators or gearboxes.
ABOUT THE INVENTOR
An alumnus of Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in physics, chemistry and comprehensive sciences, Mr. Barber began his professional career in Ohio teaching physics, chemistry, and biology at the high school level. Later, at the age of twenty-five, he became the youngest high school principal in the state of Ohio. His graduate studies were at Bowling Green State University.
Mr. Barber left the academic world to start, own, and operate the second largest amusement ride manufacturing company in the United States for eighteen years.
During this time Mr. Barber invented over thirty-eight U.S. patents, twenty-two of which were produced commercially. His patents cover a variety of fields from military to child safety. (Note: for patent searches, please search under, Gerald L. Barber and also Jerry L. Barber.)
His most widely known patent the “Free Fall” amusement ride can be found in almost every amusement park and large carnival worldwide. Each park names their ride. Disney named their ride “The Tower of Terror,” in Cedar Point Ohio it’s known as, “The Demon Drop,” etc.
Mr. Barber co-designed, built and owned 1/3 interest in Adventure River Water Park in Memphis, Tennessee; later selling his interest in the business.
Mr. Barber co-invented with his son Todd, the “Reefball”, by far the most popular designer coral reef in the world. His son Todd founded the Reefball Foundation where Mr. Barber serves as a charter board member. The foundation was selected as a laureate for The Tech Awards. San Jose’s Tech Museum Tech Awards are sponsored by the World Bank, the U.N., Microsoft and Intel and are received annually by twenty-five companies globally. The award is presented to the very best of the best that have created “technology benefiting humanity.” The Reefball Foundation was also the 2012 recipient of the Environmental Protection Classy Award, the largest philanthropic awards in the country. Over seven hundred thousand “Reefballs” have been deployed worldwide in over sixty-five countries by the Reef Ball companies.
Additionally, Mr. Barber started, owned, and operated a company specializing in financing equipment for amusement parks and carnivals. This company was operational for twenty-nine years in Greenville, South Carolina. For the last ten years, it was been the largest finance company of its kind in the United States and Canada.
Mr. Barber started, owned and operated a company to provide ride design and ride parts for the industry. This was the parent company controlling a website created by Mr. Barber to sell used amusement rides. Since its inception over twenty years ago it has been the largest site globally for selling and purchasing used amusement equipment.
Mr. Barber ran the International School of Amusement Ride Safety for ten years and then founded the Amusement Ride Inspector School in Greenville, South Carolina, which runs concurrently with the Safety School; both of which continue to be the number one amusement ride safety programs in the world.
Internationally, Mr. Barber was one of the first Americans to own businesses in Russia. He was the first American to hold an honorary position on the board of directors of one of the largest banks in Saint Petersburg. In addition, at one time, he was the leading importer of arms to Russia importing Mossberg shotguns for shipment throughout Russia.
In 1999 Mr. Barber received the first InnoVision Technology Application Award to celebrate his Reef Ball Restoration Coalition.
He set up licensing of water parks and the corkscrew rollercoaster in Australia; he also set up licensing in England, Italy, Switzerland, Brazil and Honduras.
In 2006 Mr. Barber patented a new concept to impact the development and lessen the severity of hurricanes. He named his device the TUBE; a “Thermal Underwater, Bouncy Exchange”.
In 2008 Mr. Barber received a patent on his, “Life Saving Collar”. Working with a firm in Asheville, North Carolina, the first trial prototypes are completed and Mr. Barber is currently in the planning stages of bringing this exciting product to market. In 2010 Mr. Barber has an additional patent issued on the Life Collar detailing the gas production and delivery method of the device.
Since 2009 Mr. Barber’s new concept for wind turbine design has nine U.S. patents issued, two U.S. patents pending, and eight international patents pending. He calls his new wind turbine design, the WindWheel ®. The prototype is scheduled to be completed in fall 2013. Mr. Barber is currently working closely with GA Tech to move the engineering to the next level for the BarberWind design.
In 2010 Mr. Barber was awarded the InnoVision Dr. Charles Townes Individual Achievement Award honoring his lifetime Achievement in innovation, science and technology. This award is granted to one person each year in the Southeastern portion of the U.S. to the individual who has achieved the highest level of scientific innovation.
To date, Jerry Barber has over 50 US patents including the latest patents pending.
He has been a member of the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) since 1991 and served as the South Carolina state chairman for the organization for four years. He was awarded SIBF’s first Allan J. McDonald International Entrepreneur Award for excellence in global entrepreneurship.
Mr. Barber is a past president of the Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers International Association.
Mr. Barber is very active in the community, being directly involved with various philanthropic organizations. Along with his wife Tammy and friend Heidi Aiken he co-founded The Beach Ball Foundation, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization dedicated to changing the lives of children through education and the arts. The Beach Ball Foundation raises thousands of dollars each year to support children’s educational and artistic programs. In its first nine years, the Beach Ball Foundation has raised over two million dollars to help children in need in Greenville County.
He has served in an advisory role for the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville, S.C., and conceived and spearheaded the Vision 2020 for Science program to revitalize RMSC.
For the past forty-two years Mr. Barber has lived in Greenville, South Carolina. He and his wife Tammy are the proud parents of six children. They also have homes in Saint Petersburg, Russia and LaFalda, Argentina.
His hobbies include travel, scuba diving, sailing, hiking, hunting, fishing, photography, waterskiing, education and the arts.