Services

The Wind Energy Institute of Canada offers a variety of services to private companies, government, research organizations, and universities. The Institute has been involved with wind turbines since 1981, and understands the technical as well as financial aspects of wind projects. With a focus on research, the Institute has expanded to improve collaboration with academia and other research institutes.

For more information on WEICan services, contact Marianne Rodgers.

Testing

WEICan performs testing that leads to certification for small and large wind turbines both at our location and offsite. Small and large wind turbines should be certified to ensure that consumers have a third party-verified product. The most common tests are power performance, acoustics, duration, safety and function, and power quality. These tests are completed to standards such as the International Electrotechnical Commission, American Wind Energy Association, and RenewableUK Small Wind Turbine Standard. 

Testing leading to certification can be performed for wind turbines to a variety of certifying bodies including Intertek, Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC), and ClassNK. You can choose to bring your device to our established test site, or we can help identify a suitable site of your own. 

Technical Consultation

The Institute provides technical consultation to entrepreneurs, companies, universities, and governments. The Institute’s team of engineers, technicians and researchers provides a wealth of knowledge. Areas where the Institute has historically been involved include:

  • Wind Resource Assessment The Institute performs wind resource assessments for communities or organizations who want to understand their wind  resource. The Institute designs and installs the meteorological mast, monitors the system and creates reports on the data in terms of wind speed and wind distribution as well as icing and power potential.
  • Component/Technology Development, Demonstration, Validation & TestingThe Institute can be involved in all aspects of a wind turbine or a wind turbine component from development and demonstration, through to validation and testing. Turbine components including inverters and wind turbine blades have been demonstrated and tested at our Small Wind Test Bed.
  • Integration of Wind Power With our Wind R&D Park, the Institute is able to guide the integration of wind power and the various uses of storage. Although storage is not necessary for wind power generation, it can be used for a variety of grid services including wind power time-shifting, thus resulting in more wind generation being accepted on a grid.
  • Control StrategiesThe Institute has developed and installed wind-diesel control systems in multiple locations. This has reduced the diesel consumption by providing some of the required power from wind turbines.

Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D)

As a national research facility and independent wind farm and battery energy storage system operator, with strong industry ties, the Institute is well positioned to lead research in the advancement of wind energy. Research, development and demonstration is carried out at the Institute by our experienced wind technicians, engineers, and researchers. 

The Institute views our facilities, including our Wind R&D Park as a laboratory that is available for research. We are open to collaboration with interested parties, including private companies, academia, government, and other research institutes. We currently have several ongoing research projects:

  • Wind Energy Storage and Grid Integration - Research in understanding the benefits energy storage can offer in wind energy integration is carried out using our 10 MW Wind R&D Park with its 1 MW/2 MWh storage system. 
  • Impact of Wind Turbine Wakes, Escarpments, and Land/Ocean Transitions on Wind Speed and Turbulence - Strategically placed Lidar and meteorological towers have been used to spatially map the wind speed and turbulence on our site.
  • Service Life Estimation - Wind turbine performance and condition monitoring data are being used to determine the service life of our wind turbines.   

The Wind Energy Institute of Canada advances the development of wind energy across Canada through research, testing, innovation and collaboration.