This May, the Québec Government Office in Chicago welcomed 12 different Québec companies and organizations to Chicago for the 2013 Windpower conference and exhibition. This annual trade show is organized by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and is a key event worldwide for companies working in the wind energy industry. The AWEA conference is the focal point for wind professionals to network with and learn from industry leaders and experts, and to discover the latest in industry products and services. Although a majority of attendees were American, 1,500 came from over 56 different countries other than the US, representing around 17% of the show’s total attendance.
The research and technology transfer institute TechnoCentre éolien, based in Gaspé (Québec), coordinated the trade mission, including a diverse group of companies:
- Fabrication Delta, an important steel manufacturer;
- BB High Performance Brake Pads, a manufacturer of high performance brake pads for wind turbines;
- Cartier, a wind energy producer and owner of several wind farms in Québec;
- Corgo, a company specializing in safety and maintenance equipment;
- Delom Services, a company specializing in the supply and maintenance of rotating equipment ;
- Ekhosoft, a supplier of software for the wind energy sector, among other industries;
- Ohmega, a construction and engineering services company for the wind energy sector, among other industries;
- McCannEquipment, a specialist in torque tools and equipment;
- Westburne, a distributor of electrical supplies.
In conjunction with the conference, the Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois, announced that her administration would pursue its goal to develop the wind energy sector in Québec by allocating 800MW to support new projects. The announcement, which confirms Québec’s commitment and support for the wind energy industry, was received with enthusiasm in Chicago by Windpower attendees.
For more information on the AWEA Windpower Conference in Chicago: http://www.windpowerexpo.org/