Big changes are underway within the wind forecasting market, with the growing adoption of remote sensing technologies – including sound detection and ranging (sodar) and light detection and ranging (lidar) – that augment traditional meteorological (met) towers and anemometry. As turbine hub heights rise to 100 meters, standard met towers alone will not suffice for the rigorous early stage site assessment campaigns that are the catalyst for eventual construction of a wind plant.
Navigant Research forecasts that annual revenue from met towers and remote sensing devices for wind forecasting will surpass $300 million by 2020. This report examines the market for remote sensing devices and met towers for wind forecasting, as well as disruptive remote sensing-based wind turbine control technology. Market drivers and barriers, along with key technology issues, are examined in detail, and profiles of key industry players, including hardware and service providers, are included. The report also provides market forecasts for demand for and revenue from wind forecasting technologies, segmented by region, through 2020.
Questions addressed include:
- What are the main uses and best practices for wind forecasting?
- What are the key differences in practice and hardware use for site assessment forecasting and permanent forecasting at an operational wind plant?
- How are wind forecasting technologies evolving?
- How are grid operators calling upon forecasting to better integrate wind energy?
- How does wind forecasting fit within the broader context of centralized grids, utilities, and traditional generation resources?
- How are remote sensing technologies revolutionizing forecasting?
- Who are the major companies providing meteorological hardware and remote sensing devices and what are the major competitive dynamics in that marketplace?
- What are the expected growth rates and revenue expectations for those hardware suppliers?
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