Vaisala, a global provider of environmental and industrial measurement, has signed a succession of new regional partnerships in response to rising global demand for its advanced wind-measurement system, the Triton Wind Profiler.
Additionally, as wind farm owners and operators worldwide continue to expand their use of remote sensing in wind industry applications, Vaisala has launched an improved Observations platform that enables users to access their wind data from the same dashboard as Vaisala’s time series and energy forecasting tools.
Combined, these efforts provide Vaisala’s customers with the benefits of an unparalleled support network and improved management of their data, while laying the groundwork for further adoption of advanced remote sensing technology worldwide.
“Remote sensing devices will supplant met towers as the preferred choice of measurement technology for wind energy developers and operators around the world,” said Pascal Storck, Head of Renewable Energy at Vaisala. “But this shift will depend on the ability of manufacturers to maintain a robust global supply chain and maximize the opportunities these advanced measurement systems provide for a better understanding of the wind resource.”
Expanding the physical support network
As Vaisala’s recent Remote Sensing Revolution highlights, the global wind industry increasingly uses remote sensing technology to guide decisions from site prospecting and resource assessment through to project optimization – providing more accurate data without long permitting delays and complex installations.
Maximizing the logistical and cost benefits afforded by remote sensing devices, however, requires access to fast and efficient local field support – especially critical in more remote markets.
To meet this requirement, over the past 12 months Vaisala has established or expanded regional partnerships with NERI in Japan; Jim Latimer GmbH & Co. KG, MM Pro Management Oy, and Windhunter in Europe; Marti Ltd. in Turkey; LOHO M&E Equipment Co. in China; and WISE in Australia. Each of these agreements will provide greater access to specialist servicing and technical advice for Triton users in these promising wind markets.
Control over resource data
Getting maximum value out of a remote sensing measurement campaign also depends on the ability of the owner to effectively manage data collected by units on site, and use this data to inform development and operational decisions. Users of Vaisala’s Triton may now monitor their units via a new online Observations platform, redesigned from the ground up to provide easier, faster access to the data and functions formerly hosted on SkyServe.net.
“Because the Observations platform is accessible through the same dashboard as Vaisala’s time series and energy forecasting tools, users now have a single point of entry to the most comprehensive and powerful combination of resource assessment, monitoring and forecasting tools available in the wind energy sector,” Storck added.