Barre, Vt.-based Northern Power Systems Inc., a manufacturer of wind turbines, has expanded its presence in Canada. The permanent magnet direct drive design of the Northwind 100 ensures higher energy capture, grid-friendly power quality, low noise and low maintenance operation, and is suited to support the fast-growing Canadian market, the company says.
Northern Power Systems' recent and upcoming installations in Canada vary in size and geography and address a range of wind power challenges. The company celebrated its most recent Northwind 100 installation in Kensington, Prince Edward Island, where the turbine will completely power the town's wastewater treatment plant and is expected save the municipality nearly $50,000 every year.
The Northwind 100 was installed in Porters Lake, Nova Scotia, in May at Atlantic Superstore, Canada's largest supermarket chain, and has offset 25% of the store's electrical needs. Finally, an installation of three units is currently being completed in the small community of Ramea, Newfoundland, and will mark the beginning of a five-year research and development project with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, a Nalcor Energy company, for isolated wind-diesel-hydrogen generation systems.
In addition, Northern Power Systems offers a Northwind 100 Arctic turbine with an exceptional track record in extremely cold climates. The Northwind 100 Arctic is capable of operating at an ambient temperature of -40 degrees C and features coated blades to minimize ice buildup and maximize uptime.
SOURCE: Northern Power Systems Inc.