The Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment (WindEEE) Dome, the world’s first hexagonal wind tunnel, represents a technological breakthrough in the study of wind-related phenomena as it has the capability of physically simulating high intensity wind systems – including tornados, downbursts, gust fronts or low-level nocturnal currents – that cannot be created in any of the existing wind tunnels.
Wind turbines in cold coastal climate experience frequent icing events. Icing may result in a variety of problems which can affect the production rate and availability of the turbines. The main focus of the proposed research is on how to deal with the icing issues at Kent Hills wind farm located in New Brunswick. Total loss of production revenue due to icing events at this wind farm was estimated to be around $2 million.
AMCO requires improvements to the alternate energy systems that cannot be supported by operating profits alone. This project is essential to ensure the company remains viable and that the company does not shut down the Biomass Plant and absorb such debt in its current operations. The project will increase the amount of green energy production thereby reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and proactively reducing CO2 disbursed into the atmosphere.