Spica Technology to adapt FT wind sensors for wind-turbine retrofits

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With no moving parts, built-in heaters, and resistance to a wide range of environmental factors, the FT7 series sensors are maintenance-free and are expected to last several years, even in harsh climates.

Spica Technology ApS and FT Technologies recently signed a cooperation agreement to become integration partners. Under the contract, Spica Technology will develop software and electronics that allow ultrasonic high-performance FT wind sensors to be retrofitted in older wind turbines — without changing the software for the turbines.

“We want to give the turbines the best conditions to increase power production, and I believe the FT sensor can contribute to this,” said Benny Thomsen, CEO of Spica Technology ApS.Upgrading the turbines with FT sensors enables owners of older turbines to increase the turbine availability and increase the AEP due to improved wind speed and wind direction data.

The largest supplier in the industry, FT Technologies specializes in the design and production of ultrasonic wind sensors, also known as anemometers or air-flow sensors. FT Technologies has developed its own Acoustic Resonance Technology (Acu-Res) and, since its entry to the wind energy market in 2000, now several of the major global turbine suppliers fit the FT sensor as standard on new turbines.

“We are very excited to be working with Spica Technology and are confident that they can develop a high-quality solution retrofit-package for end users that will bring the benefits of the FT wind sensor to older turbines,” says Brian Pedersen, Account Director at FT Technologies Ltd.

FT Technologies and Spica Technology will be at HUSUM Wind 2017, September 12 to 15, 2017. FT Technologies will be at Spica’s booth (inthe Pavilion of Denmark, organized by the Danish Wind Export Association) on the Wednesday and Thursday to showcase the FT sensor.will

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