24 May 2011
New measurement system supports investments in wind energy
A new system for wind resource assessment, power curve measurement, and monitoring operational wind farms allows operators to accurately understand and manage the impact that weather has on their operations and business, and as a result make better decisions.
The measurement system, developed by Vaisala, combines Vaisala's several decades of experience in weather observation with clear wind energy industry feedback.
Wind turbines near White Deer, Texas. © Jim Parkin
The system includes five configurations, which offer customers a choice of specialized features. These include a cold climate option, which ensures performance in the harshest weather conditions, and an option which employs sensors designed to last more than 20 years and is largely maintenance free.
Each system includes a combination of sensors, which provide superior accuracy and quality with low life cycle costs, a world class data logging system, power supply, and a tower.
"With alternate energy sources being the need of the hour, the wind energy industry is receiving billions of dollars worth of investments globally. For its success, it requires economical investment grade equipment that provides accurate and reliable measurements,” says Richard Pyle, Segment Director, Weather Critical Energy, Vaisala.
Vaisala has over 70 years experience in weather measurement, supplying leading technologies for critical applications used in aviation, energy, and climate reference sites.
For instance, in the United States Vaisala's wind sensors can be found at the National Weather Service's Automated Surface Observing System sites and most airport Automated Weather Observing System sites.
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