Ground-based Wind Profiling
Measuring the “air” near the ground – including wind, temperature and turbulence – provides useful information to the Wind Energy Industry and to weather forecasting services.
Ophir Corporation’s range-resolved, incoherent lidar system is not affected by thermal and humidity gradients or turbulence. This unattended, cost- effective system provides accurate three-dimensional wind measurements.
WindSageTM increases the efficiency of wind turbine operations by providing a look-ahead capability to monitor and adjust the turbine for oncoming winds. This low cost, hub-mounted laser radar measures the oncoming winds - including gust and shear - before the wind field hits the turbine blades. This advanced warning enables the turbine controller to produce more electric power, increase turbine efficiency, reduce turbine wear and increase lifetime.