As Poland’s wind energy industry accelerates its new project development initiatives to meet European Union mandates and exploit the country’s promising wind resources, project developers are being offered expanded access to technology that will help drive the development process. Poland has vast onshore and offshore wind resources and is doubling its wind power capacity every year. Spurred by its own economic growth and European Union renewable energy mandates, Poland is predicted to expand its wind power twentyfold by 2020.
Renewable energy consulting firm Wind Prospect will be taking delivery of two Second Wind Triton Sonic Wind Profilers this month to provide developers in Poland’s growing wind power market with fast, economical access to hub-height wind measurements.
Wind Prospect will make Second Wind’s Triton sodar system available through rental contracts. The rental option enables developers to collect wind data using the wind industry’s market-leading remote sensing technology under flexible financing terms. Wind Prospect will initially be using these two Tritons to support five wind development projects in Poland.
“Using Second Wind’s Triton, we are able to offer developers a simple, reliable and cost-effective means of collecting data at hub height either to supplement data from an on-site mast or for early stage site prospecting,” says Gabriel Amiel, Commercial Manager for Wind Prospect. “In particular, many wind developers are seeking to increase the value of their projects by measuring wind speeds at 120 meters or more for a few months and correlating this with the data from their mast. A Triton is the ideal technology for this.”
“Wind Prospect is filling an important niche in Poland’s wind energy market by providing Tritons to developers through rental agreements,” says Jason Wood, Second Wind’s director of European sales. “Wind developers have to figure their budgets very closely in the prospecting and assessment phases, and there sometimes isn’t room for equipment purchases. Renting is the perfect solution.”
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