Challenging The Manitoba Cold With Wind Energy

Global Wind Group is taking on Manitoba’s infamous weather with wind power in the first ever ZüS™ Power Challenge. For one week in March, Global Wind Group’s Vince Ceccarelli will live in the small 8′ x 16′ cabin that is powered solely by a 1kw ZüS™ Modular Power System at the Red River Exhibition grounds.

Running from March 21 to 28, the ZüS™ Power Challenge demonstrates the ZüS™ wind turbine can provide sufficient power to power many of the basic conveniences of modern life including a computer with internet access, a fridge, and microwave.

Ceccarelli will be living in the cabin, cooking, exercising, reading and sharing his experiences on the Internet via a live streaming webcam, blog, Twitter and Facebook. Plus you never know who might stop by for a visit to see this groundbreaking environmental challenge at work. Ceccarelli will share the daily challenges he faces living in the cabin from the mundane to the more technical aspects such as how much power is the turbine generating at any given time. Ceccarelli will have access to existing Red River Ex bathroom facilities throughout the challenge.

"With fossil fuel prices escalating and people looking for sustainable energy options, the Power Challenge is a unique and fun way to showcase alternative options for low cost, energy efficient wind power," said Justin Phillips, Vice President of Business Development for Global Wind Group. "Additionally, this new technology is an important step forward for our company to show how our turbines efficiently capture energy at low wind speeds for large industrial users looking for remote energy solutions, and for small-scale users, such as cottagers."

"We’re excited to take part in such an innovative and environmentally-friendly project," said Garth Rogerson, CEO of the Red River Exhibition Association. "We are also pleased to be involved in a project that makes the public aware of the alternative energy sources that are available and how these alternative energy sources can reduce our carbon footprint."

The ZüS™ Modular Power Systems are rugged stand-alone wind turbines perfectly suited to deliver reliable power in remote settings. These turbines require minimal maintenance and have an insensitivity to wind turbulence. They are a cost-effective replacement for costly diesel generators or stringing expensive power lines.

Global Wind Group Inc. is a Winnipeg, Manitoba based Clean Technology Company. GWG designs, and sells vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) technology. Global Wind Group’s value proposition is to bring the customer dependable, clean wind energy at the best possible price.

The Red River Exhibition Association owns and operates Red River Exhibition Park. The association is governed by a 15 member volunteer board and is made up of membership from the community. The board sets the overall policy of the association and oversees the operations of the park. With the opening in 1997 of Exhibition Park, the Red River Exhibition Association is well positioned to make even more of a contribution to the enjoyment and quality of life of Manitobans and will continue to be part of Manitoba for the next 50 years and beyond.