SOURCE: ARTEMIA Inc.

December 02, 2015 09:00 ET

3D-Printed Micro Wind Turbine Prototype to Debut at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) From Co-Creators Orange Silicon Valley, Lumenir Inc. and Omni3D

Renewable Energy Company in Partnership With Telecommunications Giant and a Leader in 3D Printing Technology Set to Unveil Prototype Renewable Energy Solution at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21)

SILICON VALLEY, CA and PARIS, FRANCE--(Marketwired - December 02, 2015) - Lumenir, Inc., Orange Silicon Valley, and Omni3D, the three companies behind the project to create a 3D printed, micro wind turbine, will showcase their prototype at the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference (also known as COP21) at Énergies de la Mer, booth G28, from December 2-4, 2015.

The collaboration between Orange Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley-based innovation center of global telecommunications company Orange; Lumenir, Inc., a Silicon Valley energy-as-service company offering low-cost, renewable energy solutions in developing countries; and Omni3D, a Poland-based 3D-printer manufacturer, brings together all the elements needed to create a renewable energy solution prototype with the long-term vision of making widespread adoption of wind energy a reality. 3D printing allows prototyping and optimization of these small wind turbines to improve efficiency while mobile connectivity provides metering, monitoring and optimization of performance.

Because of their size, micro wind turbines are suitable for both urban settings as well as easy shipment to remote locations around the world, benefiting the estimated 1.1 billion* people who don't have access to electricity. Energy generated close to the point of final energy consumption also drives efficiencies and reduces reliance on fossil fuels. As a member of the United Nations Foundation's Energy Access Practitioner Network, Lumenir, Inc. is committed to radically improve the lives of the 1 in 5 persons worldwide that live in energy poverty today. "The kind of life changing impact we envision will come from business innovation, strong partners, and a focus on platforms and ecosystems rather than just a widget," said Bryan Silbermann, CEO of Lumenir, Inc.

To bring the first few prototypes to life, Omni3D used their latest 3D printer, Factory 2.0, which is designed to fabricate functional parts for industrial applications. Each segment of 3D-printed blade is almost half a meter high and was printed using durable ABS plastic with an internal honeycomb structure consisting of 93% air. Industrial 3D printing solutions are usually very expensive; however Omni3D made it possible to use widely available materials, driving operating costs down and creating an alternative to traditional manufacturing methods like milling. "Industrial 3D printing creates an opportunity for milling workshops to fabricate parts cheaper, faster and easier. Fabricating large ABS parts is a task that can be accomplished by only few printers in the world and we're happy to be a part of this project," said Konrad Sierzputowski, board member of Omni3D.

Distributed wind energy using micro and mid-sized wind turbines is likely to have a significant impact on the utilities landscape. The combined team's vision is to integrate micro wind turbines into an urban landscape aesthetically to blend both art and utility.

*source: www.worldbank.org

About Lumenir
Lumenir, Inc. is an energy-as-a-service company focused on rural off-grid markets in developing countries providing a durable, high quality, pay-as-you-go (PAYG) platform that bundles renewable energy, Internet, lighting and tablet computer features into a portable in-home system. This platform not only meets basic energy and lighting needs, but also facilitates future opportunities for eLearning, tele-medicine, and much more. Lumenir, Inc. is an early-stage start-up based in the heart of Silicon Valley. For more information please visit: www.lumenir.com.

About Orange
Orange is one of the world's leading telecommunications operators with sales of 39 billion euros in 2014 and 157,000 employees worldwide as of September 30, 2015, including 98,000 employees in France. Present in 28 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 263 million customers worldwide as of September 30, 2015, including 200 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan "Essentials2020" which places customer experience at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks. Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

About Omni3D
Omni3D is an innovative manufacturer of professional 3D printers for a multitude of industries with a focus on lowering production cost and introducing inventory on demand, design freedom and other added benefits. Factory 2.0 Production System is the flagship product of Omni3D and is a perfect device for low volume production of plastic and composite products. The key advantage of the device is huge build volume, extreme dimensional accuracy and fully controlled conditions of the 3D printing process, allowing the use of ABS, polycarbonate, peek and other highly durable composites which can be used as functional parts straight from the printer.

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