With the goal of developing Quebec-based know-how in the field of wind energy in northern environments, the TechnoCentre éolien acquired two 2.05 MW REpower turbines. These machines were installed at a site near Rivière-au-Renard in 2009.
Subsequently, the TechnoCentre éolien fitted the turbines with the appropriate instrumentation and implemented a wind-diesel test bench to better understand the impact of cold climate conditions on the technology due to be adopted in Quebec. These acquisitions required investments of $20.5M from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions and Quebec’s Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation, and Exports (MDEIE).
These infrastructures allow businesses to test their new products and services, improve their knowledge in cold climate aerodynamics and establish Quebec as a world leader in the field. Additionally, the university and collegiate scientific community can develop practical and periodic research projects on the components of these turbines, enjoy access to the results of the work and enhance their training programs.
Installation of these turbines in a northern setting positions Quebec and the Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine region as a leader in this regard on the national and international stage.
To learn more about the Experimental Northern Wind Energy Site (SNEEC),which has been enhanced with the addition of two 126 m met masts, click here.