A manufacturer of industrial measurement devices has developed a wind measurement system specifically designed for wind resource assessment, power curve measurement, and monitoring operational wind farms. Vaisala’s WTS allows accurately understanding and managing the impact weather has on operations and business.
The system includes five configurations, which offer a choice of features. For instance, a cold climate option ensures performance in harsh weather conditions. Also, another option employs sensors the company says is designed to last more than 20 years and is largely maintenance free. One can also own or lease the equipment, or use it as a complete service with Vaisala managing the equipment, collecting, and reporting the data
Each WTS includes a combination of sensors, which provide accuracy and quality with low life cycle costs, a data logging system, power supply, and a tower. Vaisala also offers a suite of installation and support services, which coupled with partner offerings create a turn-key observation system that maximizes data availability and supports financial analysis and reporting, including energy yield analysis.
“With alternate energy sources being the need of the hour, the wind energy industry is receiving billions of dollars worth of investments globally,” says Richard Pyle, segment director of weather critical energy at Vaisala. “For its success, it requires economical investment grade equipment that provides accurate and reliable measurements. Vaisala has designed affordable systems that maximize certainty and minimize risk and long term costs for investors, developers, and operators.”
The system is available globally, with the leasing option available to customers in the US, Canada, Germany, Finland, Sweden, UK, and France. Vaisala has over 70 years experience in weather measurement, and has supplied other industries such as aviation, energy, and climate reference sites. In the USA, the company’s wind sensors can be found at the National Weather Service’s Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) sites and most airport Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) sites.
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