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Oct
01

Orenda’s Connect Newsletter: 3rd Quarter 2013

Posted By Sally on October 1, 2013 | 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 is now a member of two prominent organizations in the wind industry: Renewable UK (RUK) and the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Orenda will be exhibiting at the RUK 2013event in Birmingham UK from 5-7 November as part of the small distributed wind section of the tradeshow. You can check us out at booth SM14.We will also be exhibiting at EWEA’s 2014 event in Barcelona, March 10-13 at booth 7E115.

We would be happy to meet with you to talk about wind energy and our Skye™ wind turbine solution!

Orenda is happy to announce that Steve McMahon, our VP of Sales and Marketing has been invited to speak at the Scottish Renewables: On Site Renewables Exhibition and Workshop at the Perth Concert Hall (Scotland) on November 21st. He will be speaking during the second session of the day on the topic of small scale wind.
Orenda is also pleased to announce that we have recently hired Acumenfor all our public relations activities. Acumen was founded by award-winning directors in 2002 and is an experienced and highly regarded national and international PR consultancy.  For any press enquiries, you may contact:

Kevin Dorrian

Tel: +44 (0)131 661 7027

kevin.dorrian@acumen-pr.com

Twitter: @acumenpr

A recent picture of the Orenda Skye™ wind turbine in Scotland!
Orenda is expanding its workforce and we are happy to announce our new hires this quarter.DEALERS TAKE NOTE: 

Euan Crabbie has joined Orenda as our Customer Support Engineer. He is the main point of contact for all dealer requests and questions relating to post sales activities, including planning, installation, servicing, warranty and general support.

Euan can be reached at:

UK: +44 (0) 141 8463727 Ext. 223

Mobile: +44 (0) 7920 140718

Email: ecrabbie@orendaenergy.com

He recently completed an MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering and joins us following a year working in the wind power industry. Euan also holds a BEng Honours in Civil Engineering from Edinburgh University.

Gerald Merkley has also joined Orenda as our Software Engineer. He has recently graduated from Saint Lawrence College out of Kingston as a Computer Programmer/Analyst, where he graduated with distinction. His strengths lie in software design and object-oriented programming, with a wide variety of programming languages.

As always, Orenda can be found on the following social media:
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You can also visit our Resources page, where you can get all the latest versions of our marketing materials in PDF format.

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.This summer, we had the honour of hosting a guest blogger on our own Orenda blog. Mike Barnard is an avid supporter of wind energy, and his posts are focused on ‘debunking myths about wind energy’.

Mike’s site is: www.barnardonwind.com.

Here are a couple of snippets from recent posts, the first being written by Mr. Barnard:

Wind farms don’t make people sick, so why the complaints?In Canada, the U.S., Australia and Great Britain, people have reported similar symptoms including headaches, ringing ears, trouble sleeping, loss of focus, etc. after wind-turbines were built close to their homes.

Some have blamed audible sound, inaudible sound, ‘dirty electricity’ and psychosomatic distress.

What scientific evidence best explains these phenomena?

Short Answer:

The best scientific evidence indicates that anti-wind lobbyists raise health fears which increase significantly the number of people living near wind turbine farms who get stress-related illnesses due to noise-related annoyance….

Click here to read the whole article.

Aerodynamic Design of a Wind Turbine BladeThe aerodynamic design of a wind turbine blade defines its width, thickness, direction and profile. It is a matter of finding the best compromise between air flow and strength (profile and structure). The purpose is to optimise performance while minimising loads.

At their very heart, wind turbine blades are very similar to airplane wings. By moving air across an airfoil surface, wind speed is higher across the curved surface, and lower across the flat surface. Adjusting the angle of attack a blade is attached at can optimize the distance the air travels across the blade without causing what is known as stall. Stall occurs when the lift induced drag caused by turbulence exceeds the lift created by the airflow….

Click here to read the whole article.

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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Oct
01

Steve McMahon has been invited to speak at the Scottish Renewables Conference!

Posted By Sally on October 1, 2013 | 0 Comment | news

 
Orenda is happy to announce that Steve McMahon, our VP of Sales and Marketing has been invited to speak at the Scottish Renewables: On Site Renewables Exhibition and Workshop at the Perth Concert Hall (Scotland) on November 21st.
 
He will be speaking during the second session of the day on the topic of small scale wind.
 

Sep
12

Orenda is now a member of wind energy associations: RUK and EWEA

Posted By Sally on September 12, 2013 | 0 Comment | news

wind energy associations

 

Orenda is now a member of two prominent organizations in the wind industry: RenewableUK (RUK) and the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

 
Orenda will be exhibiting at the RUK event in November 2013 as part of the small distributed wind section of the tradeshow. Check us out at booth SM14! We will also be exhibiting at EWEA’s event in Barcelona, March 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.
 

Aug
22

Orenda Press Release – August 2013

Posted By Sally on August 22, 2013 | 0 Comment | news

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ORENDA ENERGY SOLUTIONS ENTERS THE MEDIUM WIND TURBINE MARKET WITH PIONEERING NEW 51kW PRODUCT

 

  • New turbine features patented ‘tilt’ mechanism to enhance significant maintenance cost savings and safeguard against damage in extreme wind conditions

 
Livingston, Scotland Monday 5th August 2013; Orenda Energy Solutions, a recent addition to the UK medium wind market, has designed and manufactured a pioneering 51kW wind turbine which facilitates simple and safe servicing due to a patented proprietary design mechanism embedded in its tower.
 
This revolutionary turbine has been designed for agriculture and rural/landowner communities who can optimise financial returns by utilising local Feed in Tariff (FiT) incentives.
 
Orenda’s Skye™ turbine has a fully integrated hydraulically hinged tower, designed to be lowered and raised by one operator using a wrench. It has its power pack located in the tower base and the company claims this innovative technology makes Skye the most durable and efficient medium wind turbine currently available.
 
Moreover, its patented ‘tilt’ mechanism has been designed to alleviate the need for extensive and costly maintenance with servicing carried out ‘in-situ’ – a vitally important measure in hostile terrain or rural environments where there is little road access for cranes or heavy lifting gear. From a health and safety perspective, there is no need to climb the tower and hence, no need for a climbing certificate.
 
In the rare event of extreme storm conditions, such as tornado or hurricane, the turbine can also be tilted and lowered to the ground thereby offering a degree of asset protection, rather than be fully exposed to the elements.
 
Whilst the Skye turbine features a raft of technological innovations integrated into the design, its core functionality ensures responsible operation, ease of planning and enhance aesthetics on the surrounding landscape.   Its turbine blades provide quiet operation in all wind conditions and its sleek, ergonomic design will blend unobtrusively into its surrounds, which will appeal to farmers and landowners alike.

 

Steve McMahon, VP Sales and Marketing for Orenda Energy Solutions comments;

 
“The launch of the Skye 51kW wind turbine marks the arrival of Orenda into the UK wind renewables marketplace. Our research and development work focuses on best-in-class applications, so we’ll continue to innovate and create the most advanced small and medium wind turbines available to the farming, landowning, rural business and investor communities.
 
The Skye turbine is designed to help users generate best in class financial returns from the government’s Feed-In Tariffs. It also helps safeguard against rising electricity costs and provides an excellent return on investment.”
 

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About Orenda Energy Solutions:
 
Orenda Energy Solutions designs and manufactures fully integrated wind turbine systems for the rural segment of the small distributed wind industry. Orenda’s 51kW Skye™ wind turbine is the solution of choice for farmers, large acreage landowners, and wind park developers and investors.
 
See more at: http://orendaenergy.com/51kw-wind-turbine-solution/#sthash.tGyizNFS.dpuf

 

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Press Enquiries –

Kevin Dorrian

Acumen

Tel – 0131 661 7027

E- kevin.dorrian@acumen-pr.com

T- @acumenpr
 

Jul
05

Orenda’s Connect Newsletter: 2nd Quarter 2013

Posted By Sally on July 5, 2013 | 0 Comment | news

 

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Welcome to the first edition of the
Orenda Energy Solution’s Connect Newsletter!

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

Although it was only last May when Orenda Energy Solutions was created, much has been achieved already! We are delighted to have been fortunate enough to add VG Energy in UK and Italia Energia in Italy to the Orenda family as dealers. We have a deliberate policy of carefully selecting our dealers and our channel strategy is most definitely all about quality and not quantity.

We have installed our first  two wind turbines in Europe; one in Italy and one in Scotland! We are so excited to have our Skye™ wind turbine up and spinning and producing efficient energy for our customers.

 

A view of the Skye™ wind turbine in Scotland.
Click to view Orenda’s Flickr images online.
We are also extremely encouraged with the rapidly growing order pipeline which is in place, especially considering we have really only started to publicly market and sell Skye™ in the last few months! This confirms our views when we started Orenda that there is significant demand for a reliable and efficient 50kW Wind Turbine.

We have been growing as a company, and have recently hired new employees:

Alba Garrah has joined us as the new Software Programmer and has a Bachelor of Science, Honours, Computing and Information Science from Queen’s University. She has many years of experience as an Applications Programmer with a strong track record using Oracle SQL Plus and PL/SQL, PHP applications accessing Oracle DB using SQL Plus.

Robine St-Germain has joined Orenda as Accounting Manager, and is a Certified Management Accountant with over 13 years of experience in accounting, finance and customer service. Robine also holds a B.Com Honours in Accounting from the University of Ottawa.

More exciting things happened in 2013: Orenda was able to secure insurance coverage for the Skye™ wind turbine in both UK and Italy, through Clark Thompson Insurance Brokers. Some of the benefits of this insurance include: “All Risks” cover (fire, lightning, explosion, aircraft, malicious damage, earthquake, storm, flood, impact, theft and accidental damage) including breakdown and resultant loss of income. Please see our website for complete details.
This year, we also launched the new website: www.orendaenergy.com; where we have an informative blog about wind energy. Topics have included the evolution from windmill to wind turbine, and the real impact of wind turbines on birds and bats.

In addition to our web presence, Orenda can be found on all social media:
Find us on Facebook
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Join us on LinkedIn
Email us
 

You can also visit our Resources page, where you can get all the latest versions of our marketing materials in PDF format.

As a part of the renewable energy industry, we are often looking for the latest news and studies. So let us share with you a couple of interesting snippets from our blogs:
 

Voting Impact of Political Support for Wind

Many new studies are seeing the light, discussing the impact of anti-wind propaganda on wind turbine projects. However, what is the political impact of supporting renewable energy, and specifically support for wind energy development?

ComRes, a market research company in the UK, has done a study on voting intention for both the local elections and General Elections coming up in May 2015. The results may surprise you…

34% of local voters said they would be more likely vote for a party which shows support for wind energy; while at the General Election level, 31% said they would be less likely to vote for a party which does not show support for wind. When looking at the total results, 76% were “unaffected” or “positive” in their views towards parties who supported wind development…. Click here to read the whole article.

 

Anti-Wind Messages Create Negative “Psychological Expectations”

On April 5th, we talked about ‘Windfarm Sickness’ being spread by Anti Wind Groups.

And now more research is coming to light, which shows anti-wind messages can create negative “psychological expectations”, which “could explain the link between wind turbine exposure and health complaints”, according to the published study in the American Psychological Association’s Health Psychology journal by the researchers from New Zealand’s University of Auckland.

The study showed 27 people, Group A, anti-wind footage which suggests infrasounds created by wind turbines can cause sickness. Another 27 people, Group B, were shown footage of experts who said wind turbines do not create any health risks through infrasound.

Both groups were then told they would be exposed to two, 10-minute sessions of infrasound, but were only actually exposed to one 10-minute session.  Group A reported negative health symptoms after both the real AND fake exposures, while Group B did not report any health effects, even after the real 10-minute exposure to infrasound….Click here to read the whole article.

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
Contact us now!
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