Partnership

Borrum Energy Solutions Borrum Energy Solutions (BES) designs, manufactures, assembles, and sells small wind turbines. BES is interested in enhancing designs to ensure wind turbines operate reliably in harsh and cold northern Canadian environments. Wind turbine energy is a viable source of clean energy for such environments, whereas solar or geothermal would be less reliable year-round. BES’ mission is to enable single dwellings to generate their own energy to partially offset the diesel-based electricity, thus reducing costs and greenhouse emissions.

MSAMMulti-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Lab is one of the largest research and development additive manufacturing facilities in the world, hosted at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Challenge

  • Borrum seeks to improve their electric power generator performance for their wind turbines by optimizing the electro-magnetic performance

Solution

  • Borrum Energy partnered with the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Laboratory to undertake electro-magnetic performance optimization
  • The production of rotor and stator components is under development using a variety of ferrous alloys (Fe-Si, Fe, maraging steel grades) as well as the production of permanent magnets into complex shapes.
  • By applying additive manufacturing techniques, MSAM and Borrum have developed new rotor, stator, and electro-magnet geometries that are not-achievable via conventional manufacturing approaches.

Impact

  • The technology has the potential to yield significant impacts for wind power generation
  • AM is a potential disruptive driver in the production of custom power generation devices
  • The technology has potential for further application to advance the electrification of vehicles in Canada and beyond.
  • The technology is presently targeted to assist with power generation for indigenous or isolated communities