Maryland-based Lockheed Martin offers a Doppler lidar sensor for charactierizing wind resources over large spatial areas from a single location. The WindTracer provides reliable data that the manufacturer says can lower investment risk and improve energy production prediction accuracy.
Mean wind speed and wind direction variability can be determined as a function of space and time with both polar and Cartesiangridded data. Single Doppler and dual-Doppler implementations can be tailored to meet site requirements. The manufacturer notes the sensor provides an advantage over mast anemometers that are used to selectively sample specific points on the site. During site prospecting and wind power production assessments, the wind energy developer can use WindTracer to map large spatial areas simultaneously. Also, model predictions that are highly sensitive to boundary conditions and parameterizations can be robustly scrutinized and improved.
Lockheed Martin www.lockheedmartin.com
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