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

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

Councillor Doug Elford. (File photo: Amy Reid)
Elford to join Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society as a director

Fellow Safe Surrey Coalition Councillors Laurie Guerra, Mandeep Nagra and Allison Patton will be re-appointed to the board

A cyclist stops traffic to allow a gaggle of geese cross the road. (Tino Fluckiger photo)
White Rock man asks motorists to be mindful of wildlife after close call

Impatient motorists drives into oncoming traffic

Big Splash water park is located in Tsawwassen. (submitted photo)
Big Splash reopens Canada Day with changes to keep the water park ‘safe for everyone’

Executive Hotels & Resorts has owned and operated the attraction since 2017

Elgin Park Secondary students rally for climate change outside of their South Surrey in 2019. (Nick Greenizan photo)
City of Surrey set to host online climate-action panel

June 23 Zoom event to include speakers, question-and-answer period

(Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Surrey council moves to reduce parking along rapid transit corridors

This also targets rental housing developments in Rapid Transit Areas

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Most Read