CanWEA 2012, Canada’s largest windpower event, has concluded, but our coverage has just begun. We had the privilege to meet with great companies, view their products, and hear their stories. We’ll be writing about this for a while. To start with, here are few pictures. My favorite is the last one. Animal lovers, beware.
PowerWorks’ 100 kW wind turbine, represented here, can produce 350,000 kWh per year, depending on wind speeds. The company says over 5,000 of the turbines have been installed in five countries, in installation types ranging from single-turbine to utility scale. The company says benefits include easy installation and a high return on investment.
Under the Miller brand, Sperian Fall Protection says it brings to market safety systems that increase user acceptance and lower overall cost. The Miller Revolution harness, seen here, is a full-body harness that features a rotary connection design, a semi-flexible back shield, and a quick-connect chest buckle with a dual-tab release to prevent accidental opening.
Sherwood Electromotion Inc. has 30 years of experience in the overhaul and assembly of power generation equipment. The company, which has offices in Concord, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York, overhauls or repairs windpower generators up to 6 MW. Sherwood also partners with wind generator manufacturers to provide warranty-period repair services.
Technostrobe manufactures protective lighting for structures that represent a potential obstacle to air traffic. This is the company’s LED retrofit kit, which is suitable for most flange-type fixtures. The LED-based light reduces energy consumption 96% over incandescent. They also make a red beacon light specifically for wind towers.
ALL Erection & Crane Rental started in 1964, with three brothers and one crane. Today, their fleet includes over 350 tractors and 1,700 trailers — and a number of models that won’t crush a showroom table. The company rents equipment from 2.5- to 1,000-ton capacities, with specialization in every category – crawler cranes, tower cranes, mobile truck crane, and aerial lifts. Their rental list includes equipment from Link-Belt, JLG, and Terex.
Borea Construction’s booth included a wind-powered car that was constructed by engineering students. The wind speed and direction instrument informs the driver which way to face the turbine, which is at the back of the vehicle. Later iterations of the vehicle will have automatic turbine controls, but will keep its best quality: Speed.
Eagle West Wind Energy suspended this Mounty high above exhibition attendees at the end of a model crane truck, surely as an example of what the company would never do in practice. With a focus on safety, Eagle West uses over 100 cranes and many more technicians to service turbines from coast to coast. Offering three levels of O&M, the company’s premium solution provides predictive maintenance and dynamic scheduling.
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