June 21, 2004

WindStor system to be installed at U of Quebec in Rouyn-Noranda

ROUYN-NORANDA, QUE-McKenzie Bay International has signed an agreement with the University of Quebec Abitibi-Temiscamingue (UQAT) in Rouyn-Noranda to installation of a full WindStor(tm) system on UQAT grounds. The installation will include a Dermond Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) which will function as a combined research and development facility and demonstration installation for off-grid, remote access locations. The partnership project represents the first step by McKenzie Bay toward commercialization of its WindStor system and the Dermond VAWT. The WindStor components include a 100-kilowatt (kW) ground-mounted Dermond VAWT equipped with an ABB generator, Sumitomo Drive Technologies gearbox, Valence Technology K-Charge battery, a system integrator and turbine controller developed by Envitech, and a diesel generator. Site preparation has begun and all components have been ordered. Siemens Westinghouse will oversee the WindStor system throughout the assembly, July installation and commissioning. The agreement calls for integration of UQAT's engineering department with Dermond (a wholly owned subsidiary of McKenzie Bay International, based in Brighton, Michigan). Professionals representing both partners will evaluate, analyze and conduct research and tests on the WindStor system and the Dermond VAWT in order to determine future improvements. WindStor is an electricity management system which provides electricity at fixed, long-term rates by generating electricity on-site using the Dermond VAWT and storing excess electricity in a battery-by means of a proprietary system integrator-for distribution in peak demand periods. More information is available from McKenzie Bay International, E-mail info@mckenziebay.com.
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