Exhibitors GE and Enercon make their mark at CanWEA conference

Although GE Wind Energy and Enercon are still fighting out their patent differences in the Canadian courts, the two companies ended in a dead heat in the square footage department at this year's exhibition. In a rare appearance at a CanWEA trade show, Enercon and its Pincher Creek-based representative had a display that covered the equivalent of three booth spaces. GE's exhibit did the same, albeit at the opposite end of the hall.

Vestas-Canadian Wind Technologies, Canada's leading turbine supplier, looked the part with the largest exhibition display. NEG Micon, the only other manufacturer with more than 100 MW of turbines installed in Canada, was also the only other maker of large-scale turbines with an exhibit. Although neither Dutch Lagerwey nor Spanish Gamesa had a booth, they did participate in a forum on technology development. The exhibition, held at the local agricultural society's Horseshoe Pavilion, featured 23 exhibits, up from 20 in 2002.