UpWind and Suspendem Bring Vortex Generators to Canadian Market


UpWind Solutions, Inc., North America’s leading independent full-service provider for the wind industry, and Suspendem Inc., a leader in Canadian wind turbine O&M services, have recently entered into a strategic relationship in which Suspendem will be able to provide UpWind’s Vortex Generator (VG) Solution to the Canadian wind market for the first time.

UpWind partnered with Smart Blade®, the wind industry aerodynamics experts and 3M™ to deliver the best-in-class VG solution for wind turbine rotor blades. The vortex generators have successfully increased Annual Energy Production (AEP) by 1 to 3 percent for 10 or more turbine technologies. UpWind developed a proprietary installation process with Smart Blade that is customized to each turbine blade type, utilizes precise installation lines and repeatable installation procedures, and uses a strong adhesive from 3M that can last the life of the turbine.

With guidance and training from UpWind, the strategic alliance will allow Suspendem to use this custom installation process and provide the VG Solution to both parties’ customers in Canada.

“This is an important expansion of our VG solution into the Canadian market,” said Jason Shelby, vice president of services at UpWind Solutions. “We’re excited to have Suspendem join our team, where they are positioned for exceptional service and support in the Canadian market”

Suspendem performs specialized inspection, repair and maintenance services for the wind energy industry. They are the leading provider of at-height services in the Canadian wind energy market.

“Suspendem is pleased to add UpWind’s VG Solution to our gamut of O&M service offerings for the Canadian market,” said Bill Talbot, managing director at Suspendem. “We will utilize our experienced, pan-Canadian service teams to install this VG solution and help Canadian wind farm owners increase AEP with a short return on investment.”

The strategic alliance brings North America’s top rope-access providers together to give Canadian wind farm owners access to UpWind’s VG Solution.

— Source: UpWind Solutions

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