A provider of wind measurement technology, software, and services, has announced a suite of wind farm operations services based on the company’s Triton Sonic Wind Profiler and SkyServe Wind Data Service. Triton, a remote wind sensor, uses sodar (sound) to provide wind measurements across the turbine rotor sweep. SkyServe, a cloud-based data delivery tool, has been adopted by wind farm developers for use in wind-resource assessment.
“A well-qualified remote sensing system, such as the Triton, can be extremely valuable in assessing wind farm performance,” says Matt Hendrickson, Senior Director of Energy Assessment at 3TIER. “Measuring the vertical structure of the wind profile and relating it to turbine efficiencies goes a long way in explaining varying production patterns. Used properly, this technology will ultimately increase the skill of one’s predictive models.”
Wind farms have a number of operating issues that can be explained and resolved based on thorough understanding of the onsite wind conditions. With the rapid growth of wind energy and improvements in turbine technology, advanced wind information systems are needed to provide more comprehensive information about wind conditions. The applications for Triton on working wind farms include:
- Complementing or replacing expensive hub height reference towers for operational support, compliance, power marketing and improved wind forecasting
- Mobile applications providing turbine performance, wake and, sector analysis
- Complete wind-farm assessment for warranty and financial purposes
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