Update on the Wind Energy Institute of Canada's "Wind R&D Park"

The Wind Energy Institute’s “Wind Energy R&D Park and Storage System for Innovation in Grid Integration” will begin Wind Turbine Installations in November 2011

3 November, 2011
North Cape, Prince Edward Island

Scott Harper, CEO of the Wind Energy Institute of Canada announced today the Wind Energy Institute of Canada’s Wind R&D Park is proceeding as planned. With the completion of the foundations and roadways, delivery is underway for the supply of five DeWind Co, D9.2 wind turbines, with tower sections arriving at scheduled intervals. Crews continue working towards commissioning prior to Christmas.

With the installation of the wind farm well underway the Institute has begun to focus more effort on the storage component of the project. The Expressions of Interest for supply of the storage technology have all been review and submitters notified of the status of their proposal.

This major project for the Institute was announced in 2010 when it was awarded a five year, $12 million federal grant from the “Clean Energy Fund” to demonstrate the economic and technical feasibility of wind energy storage in Canada. This demonstration will feature 5 wind turbines - generating capacity of 10 MW, a utility sized electricity storage system and the examination of grid integration technologies to increase the economic viability of intermittent electricity generation. The Government of PEI is providing the Institute a $12.6M loan which will be repaid from the sale of power produced by the new infrastructure. With a focus on research, the project will add to Canada’s understanding of the production, operation, storage and installation of small and large wind energy technologies.

New Operations Building and
Sub Station (Oct 11)
Rebar for Foundation (Sept 11)
1st Pour Complete, Forms in Place for 2nd (Oct 11)
Tower sections arrive in Turbine Site (Nov 11)

The Wind Energy Institute of Canada, located at North Cape, Prince Edward Island is a not for profit, independent research and testing institute. Its mission is to advance the development of wind energy across Canada through research and demonstration, testing leading to certification, training and public education, and collaboration. The Institute’s location and its access to a multi-seasoned wind resource make it an excellent choice for testing wind systems of any size. For more information on the Institute visit their website at www.weican.ca.

WEICan contact for additional information:
Karen Kinch
Manager of Administration
Wind Energy Institute of Canada
Office 1-902-882-4126

Wind Energy Institute of Canada
21741 Route 12 Tignish, PEI C0B 2B0
Tel: 902-882-2746 Fax: 902-882-3823
Website: www.weican.ca

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