Canada Economic Development has announced that the Canadian government has awarded $53,145 in repayable funding to B&B Brake Pads Inc. to develop a new brake-pad system for high-powered wind turbines.
Before starting to manufacture its product, the enterprise was required to complete three important operations: the metallographic characterization of the components, the development of the manufacturing process, and the design of a prototype for testing at specialized wind turbine test beds in Europe.
To do this, B&B Brake Pads has partnered with the Centre de metallurgie du Quebec (with the assistance of Universite Laval), the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Materials Institute and the Wind Energy TechnoCentre, whose role is to validate the results of this testing in northern climates.
If the tests prove positive, B&B Brake Pads could become Canada's first manufacturer of these wind turbine components, Canada Economic Development says.
The project, which was carried out a cost of $108,290, is considered a priority for the economic diversification of the Gaspesie, Quebec, region and will serve to strengthen the wind energy industrial cluster on the peninsula.
The funding was granted through Canada Economic Development's Business and Regional Growth program.