25th Anniversary at Voith Hydro Canada in Mississauga:
Celebrating the Past and Future of Hydropower in Canada
Hydropower Training Symposium for customers and Partners
The two-day Anniversary Symposium on April 13 and 14 focused on structured training, touring the coil manufacturing and delivering tangible knowledge to the participants by referring to case studies. With recognized experts at hand, all attendees of the Customer Training Symposium could actively participate and gain experience in various topics relevant to the future of the Canadian Hydro industry. In addition to that, Dr. Roland Muench, the CEO and President of Voith Hydro Holding, gave an address at the Symposium and highlighted the significance of Canada for the global hydropower market.
Outstanding expertise in hydro generator coils, modernization and Service
Voith Hydro Mississauga has been serving many customers and all Voith Hydro locations worldwide by manufacturing coils and delivering distinctive services. The location combines both a high-tech facility, which was completely modernized in 2009, and highly experienced and specialized staff. “We are proud of having an outstanding expertise in coil technology, modernization and service. The forward-looking decision in 1990 to relocate the old Westinghouse Hydro Generation Service to Mississauga was a great success. This helped us to innovate our products and create new jobs”, explains Peter MacLennan, COO of Voith Hydro Mississauga.
The history of Voith Hydro in Canada dates back to 1904 with the installation of the first turbines at Decew Falls more than 100 years ago. The turbines were coupled to Westinghouse generators having an output of 1,500 horsepower. Having acquired the previous Westinghouse Hydro Generation Service more than 40 years ago, Voith Hydro Canada established itself as one of the most important companies for hydropower equipment in Canada. Since 2006, the company’s headquarters has been in Brossard, Québec. In 2012 Vortex Hydro joined Voith Hydro Canada through acquisition. Voith Hydro Canada has more than 300 employees across Canada.
Canada: one of the paramount hydropower countries
Over 60% of the country’s electricity production comes from hydropower. Canada is the third largest hydro producer in the world, over 500 hydropower plants are in operation generating over 372 terawatthours per year (2012).
About the Company
Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 39,000 employees, sales of €5.3 billion and locations in more than 50 countries, making it one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.
The Importance of Hydropower
Hydropower is the largest, oldest and also most reliable form of renewable energy generation. Worldwide it makes an indispensable contribution to stable power supplies and hence to economic and social development – both in industrial countries and in emerging markets. At the same time, hydropower significantly contributes to climate-protecting energy generation. Voith has been a leading supplier of this technology since the early beginning, and continuously develops it further.
Dr. Vesna Stirnadel
Voith Hydro Holding
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