The Chinook AdvantageChinook Power Corp.
Operating a successful business invariably requires the ability to manage business risks and identify business opportunities. And, reducing risk almost always requires problem solving.
We have encountered many situations that require on-the-spot solutions in order to meet deadlines or reduce costs. From fixing hardware to negotiating agreements, we have the experience and skills to resolve issues and solve problems that are invariably unique to each situation.
Discovering new ways to achieve goals is critical for creating sustainable value. Early on, we recognized that operating in a ‘closed’ electricity market presents unique development challenges. To manage these market risks we structured our development, mission and goals to lessen the external forces that may limit progress. Low cost overhead and implementation of efficient technical software/hardware are key to ensuring survival during periods of no energy procurement.
Chinook has also developed efficient exploration techniques and processes to assist in the discovery and advanced development of economically viable wind energy sites. This has resulted in the identification of a number high quality wind energy sites that are ready for power procurement.
Chinook’s in-house skills include meteorological meso-scale modelling, wind resource modelling, data QA/QC and constraints analysis, financial and cost modelling.
Chinook has installed over 25 meteorological towers and has an array of Sonic Detection and Ranging (SoDAR) units used for preliminary site analysis as well as in-fill site verification and testing.
Data from Chinook’s meteorological towers is transmitted daily to Chinook’s head office where quality control procedures and processes are applied before data is collated and analysed against NASA’s MERRA dataset to correlate and predict long term wind resources.
In-house mechanical and electrical expertise has been deployed to augment Chinook’s SoDAR units for autonomous renewable (wind and solar) operation. Such modifications are fundamental to Chinook’s philosophy for reducing emissions whenever possible and are an important aspect of ensuring continuous, low cost, high altitude winter operations.
These unique SoDAR systems transmit meteorological data, including wind speed and direction up to 200 meters above ground via real-time data streaming.
They also integrate live video cameras for visual control and assessments, including security.
In addition, Chinook has direct experience in the environmental assessment process, development permitting, community and First Nations consultation and participation, interconnection studies, site planning and preliminary engineering design, cost estimation, financial modelling and negotiation of power purchase agreements.
This experience is supported by the many contractors, consultants, accountants, legal and development partners that work with Chinook to realize each goal.
As and when required, Chinook will contract work based on specific requirements and the development timeline for each project.