Measuring wind speeds and potential at a future wind turbine site is a critical early step when it comes to picking the best wind energy locations. Community scaled wind projects, such as farms, industrial facilities, landfills, schools, wastewater treatment plants and community lands, don’t always have the resources available however to do these measurements on their own. Now Second Wind, a wind measurement systems company, is offering what it says is a turn key solution for such projects.
The Community Wind Information Service, according to Second Wind, is available to municipalities, private landowners, engineering firms, or anyone developing community wind projects whose budgets have small amounts of capital and whose turbines typically will be in small numbers and low megawatt capacities. It involves deployment of what is called a Triton Sonic Wind Profiler to measure wind capacity at a site. Second Wind then analyzes the Triton data and other wind information sources to produce a report that delivers wind resource data, energy estimates, and capacity factors of turbines that the customer is considering.
Second Wind believes its system can deliver needed data for community scaled wind projects faster and at a lower cost than meteorological towers. Its Triton device is a remote sensing system that “uses sodar technology to measure wind at higher heights than the previous tower-based standard. By measuring wind speeds at the turbine rotor’s hub height and beyond (up to 200 meters).”
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