Wind measurements are crucial to establishing the daily operations of a wind farm. A few of the tools and sensors commercially available include anemometers, meteorological towers, wind LiDARs and Sodars often lack accuracy, are difficult to position, they’re costly or, insufficiently flexible to be simultaneously used in multiple positions in the wind farm.
The SpiDAR lidar
The uniqueness of Pentalum’s technology, says the company, is in its exploitation of technology and components used in unrelated fields, such as optics and telecom, to create innovative solutions in wind technology. Using common off the shelf components, such as Exploit lasers, detectors, and optical components, together with a unique architectural structure and measurement methods patented by Pentalum, lets the company provide simultaneous, accurate, and reliable measurements of wind speed at multiple sites, at a cost per site significantly lower than existing technologies.
To provide wind farms with a complete solution, Pentalum has developed the SPIDAR Central Control Unit (CCU). It collects wind data from each of the SpiDAR’s out in the field through a secure web-based system, presenting data in a clear and easy to use dashboard. Information transfers directly from sensors to the control unit every 10 minutes by a satellite up-link (or GPRS in certain regions of the world), and allows for real time monitoring and control.
The SpiDAR CCU is a powerful wind-analysis software that lets users view, compare, and analyze wind conditions directly from data received in real time, as well as to remotely manage and control the SpiDAR in the field.
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