Helimax, a wind energy consulting firm based in Montreal, has announced its financial and intellectual participation in the Wind Energy Strategic Network (WESNet), a wind energy research and development network created with initial financing from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.
With financing of C$5 million over five years, WESNet brings together 16 Canadian universities, federal and provincial agencies, and institutional partners of the wind sector, including Helimax.
WESNet's objective is to affirm and reinforce Canadian wind energy expertise on the international level. In the context of its five-year mandate, the strategic network will complete research and development activities falling under four themes:
– wind resource assessment,
– harvesting of wind energy,
– wind energy in electrical power systems, and
– techno-economic models and optimization.
WESNet will help train 153 students and ensure the transfer of know-how and technological advances to the wind industry.