Genesis of an Idea

Inspired to find new applications for their award winning STAR Blade®, the Uprise Team identified the constraints that plague access to renewable energy, particularly at the grid's edge, and set out to find solutions. Systematically, Uprise developed a host of innovations that either mitigated or eliminated each and every constraint, exposing new and promising opportunities across many markets.

This was the birth of the Mobile Power Station

Uprise Energy Cofounder and CEO, Jonathan Knight, was the special guest on the Beyond Zero Emissions radio show in Melbourne, Australia. This is an in-studio video of the interview that covered a lot of ground and is a great way to learn more about the company background and the portable wind turbine Uprise is bringing to market.

 

Background

Uprise’s foray into the wind industry came in the mid-‘90s, when John Knight’s renowned yacht company, Knight & Carver Yachtcenter (K&C), was approached to develop a solution for serial blade failures that plagued existing wind turbines around the globe.

Leveraging over 30 years of advanced composite experience, K&C was successful in developing a solution for thousands of inferior wind blades. In the process, K&C pioneered innovative blade construction and testing techniques that lead to the development of the SANDIA Labs certified, top-performing STAR Blade®.

Through these years of experience, Knight developed a deep appreciation for the constraints inherent in traditional wind turbines and used his aptitude as a creative engineer to develop a number of smart solutions.

The result of this lucrative effort is the Uprise Energy Mobile Power Station, a product Knight sees as his crowning achievement.


Throughout my career, from the boats we built to the wind turbines we serviced, it was always about solving a problem and giving the customer just what they wanted in the most efficient manner possible.
— John Knight, Cofounder / CTO
 

Business Philosophy

Uprise Energy is an example of conscientious capitalism, where the mission is to drive change in the world for the betterment of humanity, while maximizing shareholder interest.