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Nov
21

Power Energy Solutions: The big debate

Posted By Sally on November 21, 2014 | 0 Comment | news

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Steve McMahon, VP of Sales and Marketing for Orenda is featured in the Power Energy Solutions (PES) publication called ‘The Big Debate’.
 
What is ‘The Big Debate’? Well, as PES puts it, ‘The wind industry is constantly evolving and new ideas and innovations are a welcome source of change and regeneration. We asked five pioneers in the field – from  five diverging sectors – to give us their views on where  we’re headed and how they are helping to encourage  the evolution of an industry.’
 
Here’s are a couple snippets from the latest issue:
 
PES: Similarly, has there been enough progression in complimentary technologies such as smart meters, storage, grids, etc.?
 
Steve McMahon: There are several key challenges that wind power needs to address: The vast majority of the world’s land mass does NOT experience winds greater than 5m/s (average annual wind speed at >10m). The current technology that all horizontal axis wind turbines are based on does NOT operate effectively in these low wind regions. Therefore there needs to be a focus in R&D on designing wind turbines that can produce electricity efficiently in these low wind regions of the world.
 
This is particularly important when one considers that 25% or one quarter of the world’s population are without any electricity at all! This is the ultimate target market for small-medium scale wind energy, where there is real pain. A very small percentage of these regions experience what we would regard as decent wind for wind turbines to operate efficiently.
 
Linked to the point above concerning low wind technology, there is a growing need for hybrid renewable energy solutions, combining different types of renewable energy generation e.g. wind and solar PV in conjunction with efficient and practical storage technologies. Hybrid solutions are being deployed today. However, they are largely bespoke (custom) one –off solutions designed specifically for each individual application which results in high cost, low quality and hard to maintain solutions.
 
There needs to be a focus within the renewable industries to encourage partnering between companies who are expert in their own specific space, be it wind, solar, storage, power electronics etc. to develop true plug and play hybrid solutions.
 
PES: Year upon year, turbines are increasing in size. Would you agree that we perhaps need smarter turbines instead?
 
Steve McMahon: In short – yes! The transition towards larger and larger was driven by the returns available via the UK FiT program. The problem is that it is becoming tougher and tougher to find sites for the larger turbines due to tip height and grid constraints. This incentive led market is artificial to some extent and certainly time limited. To meet the longer term requirements in a sustainable “real” market for off-grid solutions we will certainly require “smarter” turbine systems including better low wind performance, efficient storage capabilities and off the shelf hybrid solutions incorporating wind, solar, storage etc.
 
Want to read the whole thing? Check it out on our resources page!
 

Apr
23

Orenda’s Connect Newsletter: 1st Quarter 2014

Posted By Sally on April 23, 2014 | 0 Comment | news

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Welcome to Orenda Energy Solution’s Connect Newsletter!

Connect is sent out quarterly to keep you up-to-date on important news and events at Orenda.


In mid-March, Orenda exhibited at the EWEA annual event in Barcelona, Spain. We met a lot of great people and made some wonderful contacts!

Photo above: (left) CEO at Orenda, Gerry Lalonde, and (right) PR Director at Acumen, Kevin Dorrian at the Orenda booth 7E115.

Orenda’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Steve McMahon, was recently featured in Scottish Energy News.His article titled ‘Red tape hampers the case for small/medium wind‘, discusses the effects of the heavily regulated planning process on the small/medium wind industry in the UK.
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Orenda is delighted to announce that an independent investor has purchased 2 Skye™ wind turbines to be installed on a site in Scotland. The investor will lease the land from a farmer who already has a Skye wind turbine on his farm.Orenda will be installing these two turbines themselves which are scheduled to be installed & commissioned before the end of the summer this year.

Orenda is pleased to announce we now have a new dealer located in Turkey!

Marhat is a versatile and successful company dealing with all types of construction and engineering in energy, exploration, farming and real estate investments. The company was founded 20 years ago by Americans and has experienced continual success since its inception.

Marhat has already purchased 3 Skye™ 51kW wind turbine solutions, and plans to install more in the future. These first units are for end customers who are looking to reduce their electrical bills, and take advantage of feed-in-tariffs.

Orenda is expanding its workforce yet again and we are happy to announce our new hires this quarter:

Nora deVette has joined as our Accounting Manager. Nora has a B.Comm. from Queens University and a CPA,CMA designation. She brings over 25 years of experience in the accounting field working for a variety of organizations.

Ovais Abessi has recently joined our team as a Senior Mechanical Engineer.  He has a Master of applied science, Mechanical Engineering (MASc) from University of Ottawa. Ovais brings over 12 years of experience in the field of engineering, working for a variety of organizations. His skills acquired in academia and industries have allowed him to develop good confidence in design, fabrication and testing of mechanical parts.


As a part of the renewable energy industry, we are often looking for the latest information to help keep ourselves and our followers up-to-date.

Here are a couple of snippets from recent posts on our blog:

The Australian Medical Association does not believe in wind turbine syndromeThe Australian Medical Association (AMA) released a statement on Monday regarding Wind Farms and Health where it discusses its position on ‘wind turbine syndrome’. Professor Geoffrey Dobb, AMA Vice President and Chair of the AMA Public Health Committee said, “The available Australian and international evidence does not support the view that wind farms cause adverse health effects.” Professor Dobb goes on to say, “From a public health perspective, it is important to note that electricity generation by wind turbines does not involve the production of greenhouse gases, other pollutant emissions or waste, all of which can have significant direct and indirect health effects.”

Wind energy saves the day in Texas this weekIn Texas, wind energy saved the day and warmed the houses of many Texans when fossil-fuel plants shut down due to weather-related issues on Monday.

Wind turbines were able to provide about 1800 MW of energy, which was just enough electricity to avoid power outages in the state. A similar scenario happened back in 2011, when demand for electricity peaked with escalated temperatures.

Oddly enough, despite wind energy coming to the rescue, some naysayers are taking this opportunity to downplay the benefits of wind. Adam Sinn, a Houston-based independent energy trader said, “It’s a nice story for wind, but it’s scary that they are relying on it in emergency situations… I think wind should be looked at as a buffer and that the grid should always have fossil fuel resources to prevent an event.”

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If you have any questions or would like to reach out to us, we would love to hear from you.Please feel free to contact us at info@orendaenergy.com or give us a call anytime: 613.686.1677
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Feb
04

Orenda will be exhibiting at EWEA’s Wind Energy Event: March 10-13

Posted By Sally on February 4, 2014 | 0 Comment | news

 EWEA 2014

 
Orenda Energy Solutions Inc. will be exhibiting at EWEA’s Wind Energy Event in Barcelona, March 10-13, 2014. Check us out at booth 7E115.
 
We would be happy to meet with you to talk about wind energy and our Skye™ wind turbine solution.

 

Jan
14

Orenda’s Connect Newsletter: 4th Quarter 2013

Posted By Sally on January 14, 2014 | 0 Comment | news

 

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Welcome to Orenda Energy Solution’s Connect Newsletter!

Connect will be sent out quarterly to keep you up-to-date on important news and events at Orenda.


Orenda would like to wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year! You can see some of our Canadian team members in the picture above. We had a festive party and potluck to celebrate the holidays together.
Following an extensive field beta testing program, we are delighted to announce that we have successfully installed our first 2 production systems; 1 in Scotland and 1 in Italy. An additional 4 systems are in the process of being installed in Italy and will be fully commissioned by the end of February 2014. All of this creates a perfect platform for a very successful 2014 for Orenda.

In the beginning of November, Orenda exhibited at the Renewable UK event in Birmingham. We met a lot of great people and made some wonderful contacts.In the picture below you can see our CEO/CFO Gerry Lalonde, and our Marketing Manager Sally Prosser standing in our booth at the show.

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Just a reminder that Orenda will be exhibiting at EWEA’s 2014event in Barcelona, March 10-13 at booth 7E115.Please come visit us at the show; we would be happy to meet with you to talk about wind energy and our Skye™ wind turbine solution!
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Orenda is expanding its workforce yet again and we are happy to announce our new hire this quarter:

Christopher Warren has joined Orenda as our Junior Mechanical Engineer. He has recently graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Biomedical Mechanical Engineering program with honours. Having participated in the university’s CO-OP program, he has gained experience in the areas of quality assurance; life cycle material management; failure analysis; and mechanical design.


As a part of the renewable energy industry, we are often looking for the latest information to help keep ourselves and our followers up-to-date.

Here are a couple of snippets from recent posts on our blog:

What is an anemometer and why is it important?What is an anemometer and why is it so important for the wind energy industry? According to Merriam-Webster, an anemometer is “an instrument for measuring and indicating the force or speed and sometimes direction of the wind”. For wind turbines in particular, it is absolutely imperative to have an accurate measurement of the wind speed and direction in order to have safe, reliable production. The wind turbine must move into the right direction of the wind in order to spin and produce electricity, while also keeping track of wind speeds to maintain a safe rpm. As a result, many wind turbine owners and manufacturers will choose an anemometer that has an error rate of less than 5% to make sure their turbines are running at an optimal level as much as possible….Click here to read the whole article.
Investing in wind energy the smart wayWhen investing in wind energy, there are many factors to consider. A wind turbine can be a significant purchase, and minimizing any risk you can for your investment is a smart thing to do. Through thorough research and investigation, you can make the best decision possible and choose the best wind turbine to fit your needs.Here are some key questions you should ask a potential manufacturer/dealer:

  1. Does the manufacturer have a warranty contingency? Good manufacturer’s will put money aside on each sale of their products to cover potential warranty costs in the future.
  2. Is the turbine insurable? You should make sure you are able to secure ‘all-risk’ insurance for your significant purchase, including loss of income…..

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If you have any questions or would like to reach out to us, we would love to hear from you.Please feel free to contact us at info@orendaenergy.com or give us a call anytime: 613.686.1677

Dec
20

Happy Holidays from Orenda! :)

Posted By Sally on December 20, 2013 | 0 Comment | news

You can see some of our Canadian team members pictured here. We had a festive party and potluck this week to celebrate the holidays together.


 
Everyone at Orenda would like to wish you all very happy holidays, and a wonderful start to the new year!