Windurance Acquires ISO 9001 Certification

Windurance has acquired ISO 9001 certification of the quality management system from Bureau Veritas, a globally renowned third party auditing firm. Windurance is driven to deliver quality – from the day-to-day operations, to the customer service standards established and the products delivered.

ISO 9001 is an international standard related to management systems, applicable to any organization from all types of business sectors and activities. It is based on the process approach toward customer focus, leadership, and continual improvement.

“Having the ISO 9001 certification ensures our processes are effectively and efficiently meeting the established goals,” says Tracy D. Sandell, Director of Quality Services. “It allows us to measure our progress towards continual improvement of business performance in an ever-changing business environment,” she adds.

Windurance has been engineering and manufacturing blade pitch control systems for utility scale wind turbines since 2000. Windurance offers a full line of blade pitch control systems for existing and new customers worldwide. Their modular blade pitch product platforms include the newest “i-pitch” (for utility scale turbines), “mini-pitch” (for smaller scale turbines) and the DC pitch system, which is the original well-established and tested platform.

Today, more than 1,800 MW of power are being generated optimally using Windurance pitch systems in Europe, Asia and North America.

Fossil Free Fuel Receives Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant

Seeking to enhance Pennsylvania’s energy security, promote alternative forms of energy and create a cleaner environment, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced an $8 million investment in 20 projects that will advance the alternative fuels industry in the state.

Braddock-based Fossil Free Fuel landed  $600k for 3 fueling stations and 57 vehicle conversions through Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities.

“The Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant projects promote cleaner transportation through the production and use of alternative fuels such as biodiesel, natural gas and electricity, and create infrastructure that will allow more Pennsylvanians to make fuel saving vehicles a part of their daily lives,” said Governor Rendell. “These investments will help make Pennsylvanians less reliant on foreign oil by promoting the production and use of biofuels, and create a variety of employment opportunities in the alternative fuel industry which will provide a much-needed boost to local economies.

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GENCO Purchases 25 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Units from Plug Power

 GENCO Supply Chain Solutions, North America’s second largest and a Global Top 50 third-party logistics provider, purchased 25 GenDrive™ hydrogen fuel cell power units from Plug Power Inc. for use in lift trucks. The GenDrive units will power the lift trucks at a 450,000 square foot distribution center in Graniteville, SC that GENCO operates for Kimberly-Clark Corporation. The GenDrive units are expected to be received in May and June 2010.

Funding was provided as part of a $6.1 million award made to GENCO in April, 2009 by the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to accelerate the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell units and create jobs in fuel cell manufacturing, installation, maintenance and support services. Through this award, GENCO will deploy over 350 GenDrive units at Kimberly-Clark and other companies.

“We are excited about the opportunity to move this initiative forward,” said Bob Simon, GENCO’s project manager. “We’ve had a two-unit pilot program in place with Kimberly-Clark at their Graniteville, SC facility and look forward to the many benefits of the full deployment.”

This sustainable solution eliminates the demand and cost of electricity and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, toxic lead-acid is removed from the workplace and replaced with hydrogen, which generates water as a byproduct.

“Kimberly-Clark continues to explore new ways to increase safety in the workplace and to minimize the impact of our operations on the environment,” said Joe DeYoung, Kimberly-Clark distribution operations manager for North American Consumer Products. “We were recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 2010 Energy Star Partner of the Year, and have led the personal product category of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. Our pilot at the Graniteville site has been very successful, and we’re pleased to be able to partner with GENCO and Plug Power in expanding hydrogen fuel cell technology to the entire lift truck fleet at this facility.”

“GENCO understands the value provided by Plug Power’s GenDrive units,” said Erik Hansen, vice president and general manager of Plug Power’s Motive Power Division. “GENCO’s utilization of the GenDrive solution puts it at an advantage over its competition, with respect to both productivity and corporate social responsibility. GENCO is creating a safer environment for its teammates and the community.”

Governor Rendell: New Solar Energy Investments to Help Businesses, Municipalities Conserve Energy, Cut Expenses

Pennsylvania is strengthening its position as a leader in solar energy with new investments of more than $5 million in 13 new projects, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today.
“We have made remarkable progress in making Pennsylvania a leader in renewable energy in a very short period of time,” said Governor Rendell. “We’ve invested nearly $1 billion in projects that put more than 8,300 people to work. And now, with the federal Recovery funds President Obama and Congress wisely dedicated to the renewable sector, we’re able to achieve even more growth.”
The projects announced today, which will generate enough electricity to power approximately 500 homes, are benefitting from the $650 million Alternative Energy Investment Fund that Governor Rendell signed in 2008. They were approved for funding by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.
These critical investments, the Governor noted, make sense for Pennsylvania’s future for a number of economic and environmental reasons.
“We are making tremendous strides in bringing more solar capacity on line,” said Governor Rendell. “By December 2010, Pennsylvania will rank in the top five states for solar in terms of megawatts operating. With the programs that we have in place today and the funds made available to us through the federal stimulus, this will bring our total solar capacity to nearly 60 megawatts or enough to power 7,200 homes.
“Some of the projects I’m announcing today will reduce the annual energy consumption of their owners by as much as half,” Governor Rendell said. “Pennsylvania’s commitment to creating a vibrant solar industry will reduce the consumption of costly, traditional fuels, with clean, efficient sunlight that doesn’t cost a penny. That provides savings to businesses and municipalities, and ensures that the commonwealth remains a leader in the development and deployment of green technologies.”
For more information on programs available through the Department of Community and Economic Development, visit or call 1-866-466-3972.
Source: PR Newswire

MLS Electrosystem Acquired by Matric Group and R2J Technologies

Pittsburgh’s winter of 2010 will be remembered not only for its insane snowfall totals, but the number of acquisitions in the local tech and manufacturing industries. First it was BitArmor, then Skill-Life, now it’s MLS Electrosystem. Here are the details:

Controlling interests of MLS Electrosystem, were acquired by the Matric Group located in Seneca, PA, and R2J Technologies located in Pittsburgh from Standard Industrial Products Company (SIPCO) of Webster, TX. MLS Electrosystem has been engineering and manufacturing blade pitch control systems for utility grade wind turbines since 2000. Today, over 1,800 MW of power are being generated optimally using MLS Electrosystem pitch systems in Europe, Asia and North America.

MLS Electrosystem will be renamed Windurance LLC and continue to offer a full line of blade pitch control systems for existing and new customers worldwide. Their modular line of platforms includes the newest “i-pitch” (for utility grade turbines), “mini-pitch” (for smaller grade turbines) and the AC pitch system, along with the original well-established and tested platform.

SIPCO will be independent of MLS Electrosystem and continue to offer a line of electromechanical drives (motors and gear) for pitch control as well as brakes, and turbine yaw systems for the wind energy market.
The Matric Group will continue to manufacture and provide pitch control systems to the new company, Windurance. The Matric Group companies consist of: Matric, established in 1971, located in Seneca, PA and Dynamic Manufacturing, established in 1993 and located in Freeport, PA. Both companies provide electronic contract manufacturing services, engineering contract design and PCB (printed circuit board) layout services, electromechanical assembly and cable assembly.

R2J Technologies will continue to provide world class design and engineering capabilities to continue to develop state of the art pitch control systems designed for the new company, Windurance. R2J has extensive experience in all aspects of motion control, provides product development services, for custom embedded systems and power conversion solutions. They deliver cost effective, fast time to market, while assuring manufacturing cost and product performance goals for their clients.