Small wind turbine manufacturer Gaia Wind has set out a programme to extend its customer reach by doubling the size of its sales and distribution network and signing a joint research partnership with the University of Strathclyde.
The Glasgow-based company says an expanded, wider reaching sales and installation network will deliver many more experienced people on the ground, more direct customer contacts in every region across the UK and the opportunity to build on local knowledge, contacts and installation capacity.
This programme for growth has been supplemented by the recent announcement of a collaborative research programme. Strathclyde University’s Centre for Advanced Condition Monitoring (CACM) is working with engineers at Gaia to develop technology to maximise performance and availability for the current and future product range.
The expansion is being spearheaded by new appointment John Gallacher – Gaia Wind’s sales and marketing director.
He said: “Gaia-Wind has grown exponentially over the last few years and we are now at a crucial point: Our new sales and distribution model will enable us to back up our excellent product with the level of service and ‘boots on the ground’ needed to keep pace with that level of growth.”
Strathclyde principal professor, Sir Jim McDonald, added: “Our research partnership with Gaia-Wind is developing next generation tools and solutions to enhance Scotland’s reputation as a world leader in renewable energy. “The novel research is focused on technologies that will assist Gaia-Wind in its ambitious growth plans and is now underway, as engineers at the University work together with the industrial partner in several research projects.”