Zec Wind Power builds the future of small scale energy generation out of a collaboration with the University of Ottawa

Zec Wind Power builds the future of small scale generation out of a collaboration with the University of Ottawa

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Pierre Guillemette and Georges El-Hage of Zec Wind Power, and their prototype turbine

OTTN and uOttawa’s Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise Office (TTBE) is pleased to see Zec Windpower continue to achieve significant milestones in the development of their simplified wind turbine system that will provide advantages for the growing market for small scale electricity generation. After working with researchers at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Engineering, the company received a seed investment that has allowed them to hire recent graduates and students from the university, and build a large prototype in their new facilities.

The company built a strong relationship with Dr. Riahd Habash of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, an expert in mechatronics, and energy and power engineering, as well as with Dr. Ming Liang of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, an expert in vibration analysis and control, and other forms of non-destructive testing. TTBE helped the company make the most of their research collaborations through helping them to secure funding for the collaboration from sources such as NSERC Engage, SME4SME, and the Ontario Centres of Excellence. The students involved in the project also received entrepreneurship training through TTBE and Faculty of Engineering programs, making them ideal hires for this start-up company.

The company (formerly Trias Innovation) has turned the output of the research collaboration into a seed investment that resulted in the formation of Zec Wind Power. Their new indoor demonstration unit located in Ottawa, Canada has demonstrated that they can provide a cost of energy that is 18% lower than the competition, and brings them within range of the cost of natural gas electrical generation at just under 10 cents / KWh.  They are now starting to prepare the company for the next financing round so that they can build an outdoor demonstration unit, which is key towards them turning their expressions of interest from potential customers into purchase orders. We look forward to following their progress, and uOttawa is proud to be a part of their success so far.

For more information on the resources related to this project, and general resources related to industry collaborations, check out the links below.

Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise office (TTBE) at uOttawa http://www.ttbe.uottawa.ca/

NSERC partnership programs http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/RPP-PP/index_eng.asp

Ontario Centers of Excellence: http://www.oce-ontario.org/

SME4SME: http://sme4sme.ca/

Startup Garage Student Entrepreneurship Program: www.startupgarage.ca

Professor Riadh Habash http://www.eecs.uottawa.ca/habash-riadh-wy

Professor Ming Liang http://by.genie.uottawa.ca/~liang/liang.htm

Reference for the levelised cost of energy for new natural gas and wind installations  http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/aeo/pdf/electricity_generation.pdf

Zec Wind Power http://www.zecwindpower.com/