BES to collab with Ontario Center of Innovation

Using wind turbines to power your home is a sustainable way to generate your own clean renewable energy and lower your electricity costs. The market for microgeneration home wind turbines is particularly attractive for remote areas that are relying heavily on the expensive and environmentally detrimental fossil fuels, diesel, or gas generators. It is also attractive for rural dwellings that are facing above average electricity bills. Depending on the availability of wind in your particular location, you will be able to harvest your own wind energy. Locations with wind availability of over 4.5m/s have the potential of saving some serious bucks! The only concern for the market seems to be the hefty sum required in the beginning. Many buyers interested in purchasing a home wind turbine kit are often deterred by the high upfront costs that are associated with the product. Although the product is said to pay for itself in a few years, it is a natural worry for the buyer. BES is excited to announce a 2 year joint project with the Ontario Center of Innovation, previously known as the Ontario Center of Excellence (OCE) to hopes of developing an economical wind turbine!

Presently, Borrum Energy Solutions (BES), designs, manufactures and assembles unique 1.1 kW microgeneration wind turbines, targeting rural and remote dwelling owners as well as those living off-the-grid. BES is working alongside OCE to integrate a novel recyclable glass fiber/thermoplastic material into the rotor blades. By using a cost- effective manufacturing process to reduce the cost of the rotor blades by 30% and pass these savings on to the customer. The reason BES has decided to invest into this project, is to help specifically minimize the high costs of its carbon fiber rotor blade turbines.

Home wind turbines must pass strict durability requirements to ensure that the blades can withstand the harsh cold temperatures experienced in remote northern communities. The new manufacturing process will be scaled to fabricate a full-scale rotor blade demonstrator and critical temperature-dependent material performance data will be generated to aid in the development of new durable cost-effective wind turbine products for the buyer. The outcomes of this project will enable several anticipated benefits in Ontario, including creation of jobs in Ontario’s materials and manufacturing sectors, driving Ontario- based technology innovation, contributing to environmental preservation and improving the quality of life.

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