The VAWT system is more efficient, less obtrusive and easier on the environment. It produces less noise and it requires less wind.
Employees at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics’ Vehicle Processing Centre on Annacis Island, British Columbia, have developed an idea for using renewable energy in the form of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT) to replace the site’s current electricity supply.
The idea came about as a result of the 2011 Castor Green Challenge – a competition designed for WWL employees to help the company realise its vision for a zero-emission future.
With its location on the Canadian Pacific rim, there is never any shortage of wind energy on Annacis Island. However, as Site Manager Howard Williams explains, traditional windfarms tend not only to be expensive and ugly but also detrimental to wildlife.
“The VAWT system is more efficient, less obtrusive and easier on the environment. It produces less noise and it requires less wind,” says Karen Leary, Production Supervisor.
According to Williams, there is keen interest across the Annacis VPC in developing “common-sense” solutions to reduce the environmental impact of the site’s operations.
“Our sites are set on creating new solutions and adopting proven measures that reduce our impact on the environment,” says Gurpreet Dhanoa, Annacis VPC yard worker. “The Annacis team is continuing to meet this challenge every day, because it’s important to our customers and our community.”
“Whether it’s reducing greenhouse gases with our fleet of efficient vehicles or using water-based paints in our paint booths, we know that every step we take is moving us closer to a zero-emission future,” adds Den Ketchell, Production Supervisor.
About the Castor Green Competition
The Castor Green Competition was designed to inspire WWL employees around the world to help the company achieve its zero-emission vision for the future, as exemplified by the Castor Green Terminal. The contest generated 116 ideas, from which five winners were selected. They included a wind-turbine power generator, a solar-powered charge solution and an innovative rain-capturing mechanism.