Clean Energy BC hosted our Clean Energy Operations Workshop on Thursday, June 13th, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, BC. This popular full-day session was attended by plant operators, supervisors, managers, project developers and those interested in operations. There are over 100 wind, solar, biomass and hydro plants in BC; this workshop created a forum to discuss challenges faced. Together we explored and discussed new equipment, emerging tools and innovative ideas. Experienced operators shared their perspective on challenges and solutions. This workshop also included a keynote luncheon with BC’s Innovation Commissioner, Dr. Alan Winter.
Moderator: Brian Courtney, Director, Hydro Operations at BluEarth Renewables Inc.
08:00 – Registration
08:30 – Opening
08:45 – Facility Presentations & The Challenges of Operations
• Narrows Inlet Hydro Project / BluEarth Renewables Inc.
10:00 – Networking Break & Coffee
10:30 – Operational Safety
• Tools & Services Presentations
• Managing natural hazards and wildfire safety with Kelly Osbourne, BC Wildfire Services
12:00 – Lunch Break / Networking
13:30 – Joint Discussion, Electrical Safety with Tony Nott, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
• Limits of approach, grounding and bonding and PIC with Tim Lollar, EITI
14:30 – Networking Break & Refreshments
14:45 – Wind & Water Breakouts Discussion Topics
Wind Breakout with Walter MacFarlane, Innergex Renewables Inc.
• Blade de-icing
• Vibration analysis
• Working relationship with your OEMs
• Blade performance issues and prolonging the life of your blade
• Blade failures and serial issues
• Foundation and anchor maintenance
Water Breakout with Kevin Cyran, Innergex Renewables Inc.
• Implementing CMMS software with Brian Courtney, BluEarth Renewables Inc. (Presentation Here)
16:15 – Closing Comments & Feedback
16:30 – Informal Beers & Networking at Mosaic Grille & Bar
Alan Winter has a breadth of experience at senior levels in the technology sector and in government, including such roles as the president and CEO of Genome B.C. from 2001 to 2016. He was the founding president and CEO of the New Media Innovation Centre in Vancouver, the president of the ComDev Space Group in Ontario and the president and CEO of MPR Teltech Ltd. in Vancouver (at that time the largest technology company in BC).
Winter is a director of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Ontario Genomics and Geoscience BC, an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson school of business and a member of the University of British Columbia’s Research and Innovation Council.
In 2007, he received a Leadership Award from LifeSciences BC, and in 2017 he received its Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has served as a director of more than 30 organizations, including the Business Council of British Columbia and Alberta Innovates.
Dr. Winter will be speaking about new opportunities for tech companies in BC, fostering innovation across industries to diversify the province’s economy, and generating jobs for British Columbians. Clean technology and innovation is a vital investment that will help pave the way for renewable energy projects to thrive in BC, creating lasting partnerships and spearheading the fight against climate change.