By Collin Gallant on March 28, 2018.
Medicine Hat News
After 16 months of waiting, the head of Bluenergy Solarwind Canada says field tests in Medicine Hat are the final hurdle before setting up a local manufacturing concern for its unique and eye-popping solar-wind generator.
“We’re talking about significant assembly and production facilities,” said Joel Goldblatt, president of BSW Canada.
Two years ago the company was the subject of a profile in the Medicine Hat News’s spring report on business in the region. In early 2017, it signed an agreement to field-test its spiral, upright turbines at a Medicine Hat College microgrid that received federal funding on Tuesday and will be commissioned this spring.
Goldblatt’s firm is the first in line to book time at the system, that’s a proving ground for product testing that will be certified by city utility officials and worked on by college students.
The plan is to see four 25-foot tall, 10-foot wide generators south of the Cultural Centre, and study how they perform.
The company is marketing the unit as being able to provide steady power production — i.e. solar on calm days, and wind power during storms.
“We’re putting them right beside the Trans-Canada Highway,” said Goldblatt at the federal funding announcement.
After working with prototypes for a number of years, Goldblatt says they are moving beyond development and on to rating the units in real-world conditions.
“It’s now performance testing,” he said. “These are functioning, working products. We will have them for sale and the sales and distribution offices are being set up now.”
Goldblatt says the arrays are best suited for large community plans, commercial parks or industrial or institutional campuses.