Canada funds new integrated drive-train

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Vancouver's Xantrex Technology Inc is to receive up to C$4.5 million from Canada's federal government for the development and demonstration of a next-generation, integrated drive train for wind turbines with ratings of 2-3 MW. Xantrex and its consortium partners, which include Siemens' subsidiaries Winergy AG and Loher GmbH, suppliers of gearboxes to the wind industry, will invest an additional C$9.0 million to leverage the grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada. "The drive train system will integrate the gearbox and generator with Xantrex power electronics and controls. Winergy and Loher will contribute technology and expertise on gear units and generators as well as a state-of-the art test facility for the integrated drive train system," says Xantrex CEO John Wallace. The integrated drive train is expected to reduce operating costs and boost system performance and reliability.

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