Renewable energy consultancy Natural Power has an online-managed managed wind data service, vuWind, which the company says draws upon over fifteen years of wind engineering, analysis and consultancy advice to offer ‘on demand’ wind data through a secure web portal (www.vuwind.com)
One of the key aspects to developing an effective operational wind farm, says Natural Power, is understanding the wind resource and quality across the site by collecting and analysing as much data as possible from a range of points horizontally and vertically across the area of interest. Fully vendor-independent, secure and offering unlimited roll-back of data changes, vuWind collects, stores, qualifies, and provides on-line access to any type of time series meteorological data throughout their entire portfolios of wind sites – including lidar, cup anemometry, and reanalysis data.
The service fully managed–a combination of automated algorithms, and manual checks performed by a 24/7 control room called WindCentre. This ensures notification of equipment failures as soon as possible, thereby increasing measurement up-time. Full asset tracking of equipment is maintained, even when moved from site to site. All calibration and configuration data is also stored so it can be checked alongside any flagged errors in the data.
“vuWind aims to unify the variety of applications currently in the industry for gathering wind data,” says Oisin Brady, director of Natural Power’s Tools and Methods. “This tool enables the collection, quality checking, analysis, and reporting of wind data, providing secure access to project teams across their portfolio of wind farm developments. The service is affordable and assists our analysis team in providing timely and cost-effective downstream services.”
Alex Woodward, product development manager at Natural Power says that vuWind has been running internally for months and is providing an effective service to its own wind engineers based globally. “The database behind the system is secure, flexible, and scalable, which is an essential part of our offering to wind developers, owners, and other consultancies worldwide,” he says. “Natural Power’s ZephIR 300 communicates directly with vuWind, alongside other types of lidar, sodar and cup anemometry.”
Natural Power www.naturalpower.com
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