FabricAir acquires cleantech startup Borealis Wind

FabricAir, a global leader in fabric-based air distribution systems, opened FabricAir Canada, Inc. in Waterloo, Ontario in May 2023. This expansion was followed by the acquisition of Borealis Wind, effectively increasing the suite of innovative solutions available from FabricAir.

The formation of ice on the blades of a wind turbine is a major and often overlooked problem. In countries with cold climates, this leads to large operational losses for turbine owners, unstable security of supply and huge risks to people and property in the vicinity of an iced-covered wind turbine.

Wind turbine in wintery conditions - Borealis Wind

Borealis Wind was established in 2016 to solve this problem. Their unique and patented solution equips wind turbines with an internal ice protection system that utilizes fabric ducts to prevent and remove ice buildup. The lightweight solution allows cold climate wind farms to prevent costly downtime and damages, improving the efficiency and safety of wind turbines while providing a stable energy supply during the winter months.

Founder of Borealis Wind, Daniela Roeper, P. Eng., will become a member of the global FabricAir management team and Vice President of the BorealisWind product line. “We have been lucky to work with FabricAir since we started Borealis Wind and we’re excited about our future together. Their commitment to innovation, quality and customer experience aligns with Borealis Wind’s values,” said Roeper.

“We’re pleased to be expanding our product offerings to our global clients with the Borealis Ice Protection System,” remarked FabricAir CEO, Brian Refsgaard. “This talented team of engineers combined with this innovative solution broadens our ability to provide innovative solutions for a wide range of industries.”

FabricAir Canada was the 16th location opened by the company, further emphasizing their growth throughout the world and dedication to ongoing innovation in the HVAC industry.