20 Apr 2011 09:04:12
Wind Simplicity wins ISRI award
Washington D.C. – Wind Simplicity™ was awarded the Design for Recycling® Award by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).
The multi-award-winning Canadian company received ISRI's highest award for the sustainable design and manufacture of the Windancer™ small wind turbine. High-efficiency, compact and noise-free, the Windancer horizontal-axis wind turbine was invented in 2004 by Sharolyn Vettese and Alfred Mathieu PhD.
Determined to design the world's greenest wind turbine, the father–daughter team chose to make the wind blades out of aluminum. A metal with a cradle-to-cradle lifecycle, aluminum can be recycled over and over without losing its properties. Not only did that decision pay off for the company by earning it its sixth award, but it will also mean benefits for the environment and workers.
Instead of potentially being incinerated or ending up in landfill, a current sustainable design blind-spot in wind turbine rotor blades that are made of hard-to-recycle composite fibers such as fiberglass, the Windancer can be recycled after many decades of use. The Windancer was designed to have a long life and be re-conditionable – making generating pollution-free, cost-free wind power a practical onsite alternative, with little impact on nature.
Another benefit of not using composite fibers in the manufacture of the Wind Simplicity's unique small wind turbine is minimizing hazardous constituents and toxic air emissions and solvents that can also impact the workforce and the environment.
Wind Simplicity is based in Ontario, and the Design for Recycling® (DfR) award was presented to Ms. Vettese, Wind Simplicity CEO, president and inventor, by John Sacco, ISRI chairman, in Los Angeles on April 9 at the ISRI convention.
"The Design for Recycling Award encapsulates the concept of a sustainable product life cycle. As a company in the renewable energy business, we at Wind Simplicity are delighted to win this prestigious award," said Ms. Vettese. "We thank ISRI for the honor and for the important and outstanding work it does to promote and educate companies about sustainable design."
"Wind Simplicity demonstrated great creativity in incorporating DfR criteria into the manufacturing processes, thereby making their wind turbine completely recyclable," said Manny Bodner, chair of the ISRI taskforce on DfR. "Wind Simplicity is a textbook example of incorporating DfR principles into their manufacturing process."
"Wind Simplicity gets it and gets it right," Robin Wiener, ISRI president, said. "They are proof positive that you can manufacture a sustainable product – a product that helps sustain both energy and your bottom line."
ISRI created Design for Recycling® (DfR), a voluntary program that urges manufacturers to think about making a product that can be recycled right from the drawing-board stage. Such design benefits not only the environment but the economy as well, as shareholders and consumers recognize the benefits of designing a product that will have many lives.
"Design engineers have a tough job in balancing safety, energy efficiency and cost with the consumer's passion for the latest and greatest technology. Too often, it seems that design engineers rarely get to the point of thinking about what will happen to the product at the end of its useful life," Robin Wiener said.
"Good intentions aside, it seems most people don't give much thought to what happens to a product when it has reached the end of life. However, as time goes by and new materials and technologies are developed, the challenge that recyclers face in safely and economically recycling those products grows ever more difficult."
To address these challenges, ISRI created the concept of Design for Recycling® to help protect the environment and create a sustainable means for conserving natural resources. DfR seeks to achieve two very basic goals: first, to eliminate or reduce the use of hazardous or toxic materials that may present a grave danger to the environment or put a recycler's workforce in jeopardy, and second, to discourage the use of materials that are not recyclable or manufacturing techniques that make a product non-recyclable using current technologies.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "voice of the recycling industry." ISRI represents more than 1,550 companies in 21 U.S. chapters.
For further information about Wind Simplicity Inc contact Sharolyn.