Sunday, April 24, 2005

International Energy Project of the Year

News Release:
April 15, 2005 Press Release

Energy, Utilities, Power, Environmental News

International Energy Project of the Year to be Awarded to Canadian Wind Turbine Project

Atlanta, GA : The Association of Energy Engineers’ (AEE) awards committee announced that it was awarding the International Energy Project of the Year to the WindStorSM Wind Turbine Project implemented at the University of Quebec. The formal awards ceremony will take place at the 27 th annual World Energy Engineering Congress, September 14-16 th, 2005 in Austin, Texas.

Albert Thumann, Executive Director of the Association of Energy Engineers indicated, “The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and its members are innovators. We are always looking for new technologies and energizing techniques to be more energy efficient, to be more environmentally friendly, and at the same time be economically viable. Each year our awards committee reviews dozens and dozens of projects to find leading edge technologies and projects that will have a positive impact on our lives. We are excited at the potential that micro-wind energy has to be a part of the mix of next generation energy production.”

About the Project:

The WindStorSM Wind Turbine Project at University of Quebec was nominated for consideration by Richard J. Costello, President of Acela Energy Group. According to Mr. Costello, “What makes this project so important to the Energy Engineering Profession is its ability to be sited in places never perceived possible, and in many, many locations that have not been economic to date due to insufficient wind or the low price received for power placed directly onto the transmission grid.” Information provided by Acela Energy to the awards committee had many positive results. Technology verification testing began immediately after completion of the installation and commissioning of the WindStorSM wind turbine on October 29, 2004 at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada. Since that date, the WindStorSM wind turbine has successfully:

performed as designed at all rotational speeds, including its 54 RPM maximum
demonstrated that audible noise at the base of the turbine tower is nearly absent at all rotational speeds
demonstrated that turbine construction, control systems and sensor effectiveness have the ability to smoothly navigate resonance frequencies without affecting power production and safety
operated through all weather conditions, including snow and ice, and in temperatures as low as minus forty degrees (-40C/F), confirming design specifications to generate power in extremely adverse weather conditions
Operating Turbine at University of Quebec

About AEE:

The Association of Energy Engineers is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1977. Today, AEE has over 10,000 members in 67 countries. AEE provides training and networking opportunities in a variety of disciplines including energy efficiency, HVAC & building systems , distributed generation, lighting, utility deregulation, facilities management, project engineering, end user consulting, energy services & the environment. AEE offers several programs: seminars, conferences, and certification programs. The annual awards include the following categories: ENERGY ENGINEER OF THE YEAR, CORPORATE ENERGY MANAGEMENT, ENERGY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, ENERGY MANAGER OF THE YEAR, ENERGY PROJECT OF THE YEAR – U.S., ENERGY PROJECT OF THE YEAR – INTERNATIONAL, And ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR. Complete 27 th WEEC show information, exhibitor profiles, conference agenda can be found

For more information, contact Ruth Whitlock at AEE

Phone: 770-447-5083

Fax: 770-446-3969