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Funding supports research to test five-blade Darrieus wind turbine

Funding of $160,000 through the National Research Council will support a research and development project in Picton to support proof of concept, field testing and prototype development of a new generation, five-blade “Darrieus” wind turbine for remote off-grid electricity generation.
Daryl Kramp, MP Prince Edward Hastings, on behalf of Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the investment in Harvistor Canada Inc at Picton.
“Our government is investing in science and technology to create good jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians’ quality of life,” said Kramp. “We are supporting Canadian firms that successfully develop innovative technologies and help businesses bring new ideas to the marketplace.”

The $160,000 will assist the Prince Edward County-based company in the product development and commercialization of the innovative wind turbine technology.

“The generous financial support of the NRC has made it possible for Harvistor to take the next step from Applied Research to Proof of Concept and Prototyping Harvistor’s next generation Five Blade Darrieus Wind Turbine,” said Harvistor CEO Robert Reive. “I thank both organizations for their assistance and look forward to realizing these next phases of technology development to help the team at Harvistor realize their goal, which is to deliver 35 per cent more efficient, low-cost remote and off-grid clean wind powered electricity generation and storage to emerging market opportunities in wireless infrastructure, agribusiness and remote industry.”

Reive said Harvistor Canada is developing the Next Generation of Vertical Access Wind Turbine (VAWT), utilizing a state-of-the-art five blade system. He said Harvistor will be the first VAWT in its class to incorporate “Active Pitch Control” for low mount turbulent wind locations ” to achieve this leap forward in power generation efficiency.
“Leveraging past NRC innovations in this field, we are the next advanced evolution in the development of Darrieus Wind Turbines,” Reive said. “Harvistor has created several high-caliber engineering jobs, with more to come, while also looking to expand into local parts build and final assembly opportunities in the near future.”

Vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWT) come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Darrieus Georges Darrieus was the French inventor of the Darrieus vertical-axis wind turbine or 'eggbeater windmill' in 1931 – manufactured by FloWind (no longer trading) for North American customers. A Darrieus is a high speed, low torque machine suitable for generating alternating current (AC) electricity. The device develops lift from 2 or 3 'C' shaped blades. A Darrieus is unable to self start, which necessitates either a manual push or a more elaborate starter mechanism. Photo: http://www.symscape.com/blog/vertical_axis_wind_turbine

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