NORCAT lands ‘exciting’ new tenant – by Laura Stricker (Sudbury Star – December 23, 2013)

The Sudbury Star is the City of Greater Sudbury’s daily newspaper.

A British Columbia-based company is moving one of its projects to Sudbury. Sky Vertical Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Sky Harvest Energy Corp., is setting up its vertical wind axis turbine testing and manufacturing facilities to space owned by the Northern Centre for Advanced Technologies (NORCAT), it announced in a release earlier this month.

“Our CEO (of Sky Vertical) Kyle Loney lives in Sudbury. He is very integrated in the mining business himself and he knew of NORCAT and approached them. That’s how we came to learn of them,” William Iny, Sky Harvest’s president, told The Star this week.

What partially distinguished NORCAT, Iny said, was its 70,000-square-foot development facility.

“They’re not just involved in the mining sector, which we’re very interested in, because our vertical turbines have application for the mining ventilation shaft. Their high-tech facilities for … research and development and for manufacturing, their intellectual contacts within the technology field, were really impressive.

“Their track record of having developed several projects that don’t just have application in the mining industry, but in the high-tech industry, was extremely impressive.

The more we dug in, the more resources and the better fit we saw with each other.”

As a patron of NORCAT’s, Sky Vertical will be able to use its underground mine testing centre for trial runs of the vertical turbines which can be used for mining purposes, among others.

“Their application is specifically for telecommunication towers and the cell industry in specific,” Iny explained. “(They’re) also for power generation in small, outlying communities in Northern Ontario that are presently being powered by diesel generation … It’s highly expensive, they have to helicopter fuel in, there’s a cost of maintenance.

“This would alleviate a lot of those problems. The three sectors would be in places where diesel generation is taking place now for power, in cell towers and telecommunication towers and in the mining industry, specifically for ventilation shafts and providing power to remote mines and remote areas.”

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