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Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine Evaluated as Renewable Energy Alternative

Cleanfield Energy teamed up with McMaster Engineering and the Ontario Centers of Excellence to evaluate a new 2.5 kW modular vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT), which features three narrow 3-meter vertical blades that rotate around a central axis. It is intended for residential and commercial use in Canada to offset higher utility bills, help meet increasing demand and address global environmental concerns.

"McMaster's testing of our VAWT is crucial to our overall product development process and corporate objective of becoming a global leader in the residential and commercial wind turbine industry," said Tony Verrelli, President and CEO of Cleanfield Energy. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster is studying the performance of the turbine in urban wind conditions. The research is being conducted at the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute facility in Ancaster and will be followed by field trials at the newly established McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton. "Cleanfield Energy is an example of the type of entrepreneurial company that will help lead the development of alternative energy sources needed to power our homes and businesses," said Mo Elbestawi, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University. "Providing the university's expertise through collaborative initiatives such as this will help these companies bring their products to market faster while broadening our practical knowledge of the field."
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U.S. Offshore Wind Power Industry Starting to Emerge

Ehren Goossens, Bloomberg A few miles off the coast of Block Island, a new U.S. industry is emerging from the Atlantic Ocean. That’s where Deepwater Wind LLC is installing a massive steel frame, more than 1,500 tons, that sits on the seabed and juts...

100-MW Kenyan Wind Farm Will Help Power Africa

Renewable Energy World Editors As part of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, announced that it committed $233 million in debt financing to ...

Regional News from the July/August 2015 Digital Edition of Renewable Energy World

Renewable Energy World Editors EcoFasten Solar announced that it launched a new mounting "Rock-It System" that it would be displaying during Intersolar. Product compliance was determined through testing per UL Subject 2703, which reviews integr...

With 1.6 GW of Wind Capacity Installed in Q2, American Wind Power Continues To Ramp Up in 2015

David Ward, American Wind Energy Association With 1,661 megawatts (MW) of newly installed wind turbines coming online during the second quarter of 2015 and more than 13,600 MW under construction, American wind power continues to increase its contribution to the U.S. e...


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