The joint pilot project "Site Nordique Experimental en EolienCORUS" (SNEEC) consists of two REpower MM92 turbines, each with 2.05 MW nominal power. The Wind Energy TechnoCentre is the developer and owner of the project.
Constructed in the town of Gaspé, near Rivière-au-Renard, the SNEEC project uses two special cold climate versions (CCV) of the REpower MM92. These have been designed for the demanding conditions of the Canadian 60-Hertz network.
"Our cold climate test facility in Inner Mongolia has already allowed us to prove that our technology can be used reliably, even at extreme temperature fluctuations and temperatures as low as -40º C, says Matthias Schubert, CTO of the German wind turbine manufacturer.
"Nevertheless, it is important to thoroughly test the climatic conditions on site before we start to install the up to 477 REpower turbines for the Québec tender, which we recently won." This
project is also to be used to provide training to REpower’s local service
The humid climate (compared with China) is a particular challenge for the turbine
technology: "We want to ensure that our turbines can prove their value, even in
moist Canadian weather conditions with lots of ice and snow", continues
Despite the bad weather, construction of the wind farm as a turnkey project was
completed this winter. In its capacity as sub-contractor, RES Canada was in
charge of the balance of plant (BOP), i.e. the additional park components such as
foundations and inner-farm cabling. The rough ground around the wind farm
presented the main challenge. A seven-kilometer access road had to be
constructed specially for the heavy transporters and the components had to be
transported over unusually steep gradients.
Together with the owner of SNEEC, the Wind Energy TechnoCentre, as much
experience as possible is now to be gained from the test run and collaboration
between the project partners. A REpower Systems AG team will monitor the
turbines intensively over the coming months.