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.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Parallel crises: How COVID-19 has exacerbated the drug overdose emergency

Part 1: Surrey, White Rock officials say isolation, CERB, contributing to crisis

Pubs accused of ‘negligently’ serving alcohol before Surrey traffic crash

The case concerns an Aug. 2, 2015 single-vehicle crash

Surrey mayor says Newton needs more recreation facilities

Surrey council has approved the “Stage 2 Final Report” of the Newton Town Centre Plan

Surrey city staff hears restricting recovery homes to six clients won’t cut it

Corporate report notes there are more recovery homes in Surrey than in every other community in B.C. combined

Gravestones repaired at Surrey Centre Cemetery

Restoration now complete on seven pioneer grave markers vandalized in April

Police issue warning after baby comes across suspected drugs in Kamloops park

The 11-month-old girl’s mother posted photos on social media showing a small plastic bag containing a purple substance

Collision results in train derailment just east of Golden

The derailment occurred Sunday night, according to a statement from CP

Missing Fraser Valley man’s car found in Harrison

Michael Denham has been missing since June 27

Lower Mainland woman says llama farming neighbour shot her 11-month-old pup

Young dog was on owner’s Maple Ridge property when it was killed on June 21

B.C. records 31 new cases, six deaths over three days due to COVID-19

There are 166 active cases in B.C., 16 people in hospital

B.C. highway widening job reduced, costs still up $61 million

Union-only project scales back work to widen Trans-Canada

Most Read

l -->