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REENGINEERED TO MEET CANADIAN COLD WEATHER
1 April 1995
Tacke Windpower Inc of London, Ontario, will erect a Tacke 600 kW turbine this summer near the Bruce Nuclear Power Development at Kincardine, on Lake Huron in south central Ontario. The German designed turbine was re-engineered to meet Canadian cold weather conditions by Tacke Windpower as part of a contract awarded by the Canada Centre for Mineral and Energy Technology (CANMET), the research and development arm of Natural Resources Canada (Windpower Monthly September 1994). Of the total project cost of $1.29 million, CANMET has contributed $350,000, with the balance from Tacke Windpower through the assistance of a loan provided by Ontario Hydro of $850,000. Diamond Aircraft Industries of London, Ontario, will manufacture the turbine blades. Tacke Windpower will own, operate and monitor the turbine and Ontario Hydro will have the option of assuming ownership of the machine after a testing period, or of taking equity in Tacke. Tacke Windpower vice president for project development Philipp Andres says the installation "is the first of many more units we hope to place in Ontario."
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