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    Wind O&M Canada 2017

  • Aug 08, 2017
    Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 12:01pm
    Toronto, Ontario
    Hyatt Regency Ontario

    New Energy Update (formerly Wind Energy Update) invites you to join 300-plus wind power experts at the fourth annual Wind O&M conference in Toronto in December. This event is a platform for owner/operators, ISPs, OEMs and other suppliers to network and discover new ways to maximize wind farm profitability. Profit maximization is crucial to the modern Canadian wind power market. In its early days, owner/operators’ main concern was how to cut construction and development costs. Now that the industry has an installed base of 11 GW, the need to also examine operational expenditure has become ever more pressing. The reason for this is a margin squeeze caused by the 60% fall in the cost of Canadian wind energy over the past five years, coupled with the expiration of OEM warranties, a rise in opex caused by the ageing of turbine fleets, and the advent of new technology that can minimize that rise.

    Practically every company can benefit significantly from leaner, more sophisticated methods of handling asset management and O&M. Owner/operators that fail to get ahead of the curve will be increasingly disadvantaged in relation to their competitors.

    To help the industry to understand the threats and opportunities of this new phase in the industry’s development, Wind O&M Canada’s comprehensive two-day program will provide answers to current issues, such as:

    Deciding which contracts to sign:

    What kind of commercial relationships should you get into with your suppliers and service providers? What are the pros and cons of extending an OEM warranty, signing up an independent maintenance contractor or taking on the risk yourself? If you go down the self-performance route, how do you set up your supply chain to support you? What are the best ways to introduce competition in procurement? How do you split services between suppliers to get the best possible deal? And if you are an OEM or an independent service provider, how can you convince operators that you offer the best value?

    Optimizing data management:

    How can owner/operators use data to make informed O&M and asset management decisions that reduce the bottom line? How can SCADA data best help you to forecast production? What kind of real-time condition monitoring systems and analytics tools are possible today? Which approach has the biggest impact on profitability? How close are we to developing algorithms that will allow true predictive maintenance?

    Optimizing maintenance plans:

    When should you consider retrofitting turbines with new technology? How can you save money by keeping your own spare parts inventory? What are the main issues in balance-of-plant maintenance? How can you empower your field engineers to make them as productive and effective as possible?

    These and many other questions will be addressed by our expert speakers, who will include all the major players in Canada’s wind O&M market, including Algonquin, Capstone, EDF, Enbridge and Leeward. They will be joined by the experts from the country’s top ISP’s and specialist O&M suppliers and services.

    The conference runs from 4th to the 5th of December, and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Toronto Hotel. You can reserve your place at this landmark event by visiting

  • Industry News

    Fulham Co., Inc., a leading supplier of lighting components and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, has joined the Continental Automated Building Association (CABA), a global not-for-profit group dedicated to the advancement of connected home and intelligent building technology. Fulham has been developing standalone intelligent lighting management systems to supplement the company’s comprehensive line of LED lighting products.

    With the water battery, Max Bögl Wind AG has developed a completely new large-scale storage facility, which sets new standards in a technologically innovative way. For the first time, the production of power from renewable energies, such as from a wind or solar farm or from biomass, will be combined with a modern pumped-storage power plant. The water battery can store surplus power from the grid and the energy can bereused as required. It acts as a short-term storage facility and contributes to maintaining stability of the grid, as well as guaranteeing continuous, uninterrupted supply.

  • Keeping Current

    ELEC-TECH SALES LTD. announces the retirement of John Baron after 31 years with the company – the last 20 years as its President.

    John has had a long and illuminating Electrical industry career spanning over 37 years. His journey started after graduating from U. of Manitoba and joining Sylvania Lighting in a Sales and Marketing role in Calgary and Edmonton.

    John's career path opportunities moved him to British Columbia where he soon joined Elec-Tech Sales in 1986. John managed sales and marketing initiatives throughout his outside sales role and territory coverage, eventually becoming President in 1997.

    LAFERT NORTH AMERICA, a Manufacturer of metric AC Motors, metric gearboxes and coolant pumps, announces the following appointments:

    Mario Hartard has been appointed Account Manager/Business Development. Mario brings 17 years of experience in the Electrical Power industry and has developed expertise across the North American market in the area of Mines & Metals, Public Utilities and Oil & Gas. He holds a B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana – Mexico.

    OUELLET CANADA National Sales Manager, Stéphane Larocque, announces the appointment of Vincent Tremblay as Sales Representative for the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

    Vincent, a dynamic, proactive and motivated person with extensive knowledge of the construction market, will start his new role in early September 2017. In the meantime, William Healey, Territory Manager of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, will cover Eric's territory.

    Headquartered in L'Islet, Quebec, Ouellet Canada Inc. develops, manufactures and markets electric heating products throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

  • Product Showcase

    Nora Lighting expands its low profile, surface-mounted Opal LED Series with the new AC Opal. The AC Opal does not require a driver and mounts easily over a standard J-Box, even pancake-type fixture boxes in retrofits or new construction.

    AC Opal measures just 7/8” deep by 7 ¼” wide. The low profile is ideal for bathrooms, laundries, utility areas, pantries, closets, showers and more. The fixture is dimmable and produces even illumination with 1050 lumen (15W) at 90+CRI.  A white polymer lens diffuser eliminates LED diode images.

    The family of Push-in CAGE CLAMP® PCB Terminal Block complete the roll out of the new additions to WAGO solutions. This new family is composed of three series (2624, 2626, 2636) offering streamlined, compact connections for all wire types. Solid and ferruled wires can be directly pushed in for connection, while tool-actuated termination is available parallel to the conductor entry for stranded wire and for the release of all wire types. These PCB terminal blocks are perfect for panel feed through applications because operation and wire entry are from the same plane.

    Real estate in industrial and factory buildings is nearly always at a premium, so instead of using expensive space unnecessarily, Hammond Manufacturing offers a range of three sizes of fold down shelves. FDS Series shelves can be mounted either to the internal or external surface of the door or to the side of a cabinet. The shelves, rated at 100 lbs capacity, lock solidly up into the horizontal position when required and then fold down out of the way to save floor space when they are not needed.

    A new 200 W LED driver from the ADVANCED range – a high-performance component for high-bay industrial luminaires – has been added to Tridonic’s industrial portfolio. The 0-10 V dimmable driver cannot fail to impress thanks to its unniversal input voltage range, IP 67 protection and high temperature resistance.

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