Endurance manufacturing manager Barry O’Rourke takes board of trade members on a tour of the South Surrey-based wind turbine factory.

Whirlwind tour of Surrey businesses

Endurance Wind Power among companies showing off their plants to Surrey Board of Trade members

It may not sell its products in B.C., but South Surrey-based Endurance Wind Power is a worldwide success in the wind-to-energy business.

It has built its business by designing, manufacturing and selling wind turbines to a viable market for smaller machines – as opposed to the immense larger utility turbines most people associate with wind power.

The company got a rare opportunity to show off its plant operations May 1 for a group of 30 Surrey Board of Trade members, as part of the sixth annual Surrey Industry Tour.

Busloads of SBOT members toured a total of 14 businesses, including Charcoal and Woodz/Holiday Inn Express, ABC Recycling, Columbia Plastics, BC Plant Health Care in Cloverdale and Campbell Heights; as well as businesses in other Surrey neighbourhoods.

“We call it ‘farm-wind’,” Endurance global marketing director Bill Bishop explained to the group. “Its energy generated in the same place as it’s used.”

And he explained that the largest market for the company’s products – produced at the 24 Avenue headquarters’ plant and also a factory near Birmingham in the U.K. –  is, indeed, farmers.

“They benefit in three ways; by generating their own power, through government feed-in-tariff (FIT) subsidies, and anything they don’t use they can sell to their local grid,” he said.

Endurance has sold some 1,000 of its turbines worldwide (including the U.S. and Canada) and some 700 in the U.K. alone, Bishop said.

Manufacturing manager Barry O’Rourke led SBOT members through Endurance’s “simple, lean and highly effective” assembly operation, geared to a prominently placed flow chart mapping the progress of units through each phase of production up to shipping.

He noted that the tour coincided with the first week in production of a new product, the E4660 – an upgrade from 50kW to 85kW of the company’s standard E3120 turbine.

Both O’Rourke and Bishop added that, rather than simply manufacturing others’ designs under contract, Endurance keeps its designers on-site and actively involved in the production process.

Among design features pointed out by O’Rourke was a function that would turn blades away from the wind under overload conditions – a feature unique to Endurance machines, he said.

Bishop noted that some 50 of the Endurance machines in the U.K. are operated by the company itself, on leased land, for purposes of research and development.

The U.K. factory produces larger, heavier-grade wind turbines, the company’s X-class, which generate 225w – but these are used in higher-wind applications, Bishop explained. The E-class, with shorter blades (standing some 50 metres high) are the efficient standard for lower-wind operations, he added.

While there is a certain irony that all of Endurance’s products are exported outside  B.C. – low hydro-power rates make it unfeasible to market the wind turbines here – the company has been garnering increasing attention locally through its successful business model and through events such as the SBOT tour.

 

The company was also named business of the year for 2014 in the 15-plus-employee category at the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards in January.

 

 

Just Posted

Findlay to be next CPC candidate for South Surrey-White Rock

Former cabinet minister lost 2017 election to Liberal Gordie Hogg

Teenage girl, 17, accused of stabbing girl, 16, in Surrey

Victim’s injuries not life-threatening

Fledgling Surrey City Orchestra tunes up for showcase concert Friday

Conductor Stuart Martin’s four-year goal is to build a core group of about 60 Surrey-based musicians

Fraser Health to buy two private MRI clinics in Surrey, Abbotsford

New clinics will provide 2,000 more MRIs by fiscal year-end

Safe Surrey Coalition opposes removing any property from ALR

McCallum and Pettigrew take issue with a Port Kells proposal to exclude property from the Agricultural Land Reserve

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

B.C. pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena

Harvest Moon to light up B.C. skies with an ‘autumn hue’

It’s the first moon after the autumn equinox

Fraser River First Nations say they aren’t getting their share of sockeye salmon

Shortage is a result of decisions made by DFO, not a shortage of sockeye, complaint says

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Most Read