The world's largest wind energy consultancy, Garrad Hassan, has won the Queen's Award for Export for its work as an international authority on technical, commercial, environmental and strategic aspects of wind energy. "What we are really pleased about is that this award is an acknowledgement of what we have been doing for the last 15 years," says Andrew Garrad, who with Unsal Hassan founded the business in 1985. Today the company provides independent advice to public and private sector clients in over 40 countries, including all the major wind turbine manufacturers, wind farm owners and financial institutions. One of its latest assignments was as technical adviser to the banks in the world's largest wind farm financing for 283 MW in Italy (Windpower Monthly, April 2000). Eighty-five per cent of Garrad Hassan's business comes from abroad. From its origins in England, the company now operates from offices in Scotland, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Australia and the US. Among its products and services, it claims the industry standard software tools for wind turbine modelling and wind farm monitoring. "What we are really excited about at the moment, though, is our new SCADA system," says Garrad. This enables coherent reporting from any type of wind turbine to a standard format. It is about to go to full scale field trials at Carno wind farm in England.
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