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Converter manufacturing facility for Quebec
1 July 2006
Canada's Xantrex Technology has agreed with Quebec companies Gentec Inc and Controle Electricque RK Inc to establish a wind converter manufacturing facility in the province at Matane. The facility would help meet local manufacturing requirements laid out in Hydro-Quebec's current request for proposals (RFP) for 2000 MW of wind power. Gentec and Controle RK will establish a factory in the region to produce the converters, which transform DC electricity from wind turbines into AC electricity for the utility grid, while Xantrex will provide the production processes and training. Under the terms of the RFP, turbine manufacturers who make high technology components in Quebec will receive extra credit towards meeting the local manufacturing requirements, meaning the value of the converters will be bumped to 200% because they would be made in the Gaspé. Xantrex has a long history in the design, manufacture and service of wind power converters. It has supplied components to about 3000 MW of mainly American turbines built by Kenetech Windpower, Zond Wind, Enron Wind, GE Wind Energy, Clipper Windpower, and the Loher/Winergy group of Siemens.
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