Mary Geddry was one of Ric Morrisonn’s most loyal customers when he opened a restaurant in downtown Coos Bay in 2007. Geddry stopped in two or three times a week.
The restaurant eventually failed, but thanks to Geddry, Morrisonn has found another endeavor to occupy his time — starting an energy revolution.
It all started one day when Geddry told Morrisonn she had come up with a design for a new kind of wind turbine. She told him it would be extremely efficient, capable of operating in gusty winds and have a built-in generator.
“If it was just another windmill, I probably wouldn’t have been interested,” he said. “But I was intrigued by how revolutionary a concept it was.”
By the time Posto Bella closed in May, Morrisonn had set up a new company, Vaiyu Turbine Technologies, to create a prototype.
They hope to have it completed before February. Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative has said it would help test early models.
If customers appear, the two have plans to lease a property in Coos Bay to manufacture the turbines.
Their hope is to see the wind turbine installed on buildings up and down the coast, generating power locally instead of relying on distant utility companies for energy.
“The idea is to help rural areas where local folks can make a living,” said Morrisonn.