Wind Monitoring Articles

  • Wind Energy Production Estimates: Moving Beyond Time Averages

    No need to be a statistician to see that averages are often useful to compare different things. And yet, they often fall short as a true measure of performance. For instance, we use averages to compare the current weather against the climate normals or to get a sense of how our favorite sport team or player is doing. Team (player) statistics are a concise way of combining the scores from many ...


    By AWS Truepower, LLC

  • Ferrography Made Easy With The FerroCheck 2000

    The measurement and trending of abnormal ferrous wear debris in machinery lubrication oils is arguably the most significant indicator of machinery health and a key predictor of catastrophic machinery failure. There are several methods available to measure the ferrous content of lubrication oil. ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • ´More Stations. More Data. Better Forecasts.´ – the NYS Mesonet

    “More Stations. More Data. Better Forecasts.” – that’s the slogan of New York State Mesonet. The weather observation network consists of a total of 125 weather stations all over the state of New York and Lufft was selected as one of the vendors to support them in capturing the data. All 125 of the weathers stations have the standard instrumentation suite. Of those 125, 17 ...

  • How to Increase Your Industrial Cooling Tower Efficiency

    Although cooling towers are generally some of the most cost-effective cooling mechanisms as compared to other cooling technologies (such as many dry air cooling systems), it is still important to monitor your industrial cooling tower efficiency and run it as seamlessly as possible. This will ensure your facility can: Save energy Reduce the amount of ...


    By SAMCO Technologies, Inc.

  • Introducing The RNRG Goalpost Boom

    We are happy to introduce a new goalpost mounting solution for installing redundant class 1 anemometers. This new boom, designed specifically for use with our 80m XHD TallTower, positions anemometer cups at exactly 80 m above ground level—2.5 m away from each other—and 1.99 m ...


    By Renewable NRG Systems

  • Technology Can Help Fleets Manage Potential Weather Disruptions

    Hurricane Matthew is serving as another lesson for the U.S. trucking industry on the important role technology can and should play in operating in and around storm-affected regions. More than a million residences and businesses lost power in Florida alone, and at least 38 people died as a result of Matthew’s winds and torrential rains, 19 of them in North Carolina where widespread ...


    By Omnitracs, LLC

  • Offshore wind installation vessel capacity to tighten after 2020

    The existing fleet of turbine and foundation installation vessels is well suited to serve the European offshore wind market in the short and mid-term but it will not be sufficient to support installation demand after 2020, Michael Guldbrandtsen, senior consultant at MAKE Consulting, told Wind Energy Update. The next 2-3 years will continue to be dominated by orders for jack-up ...

  • Using Lidar for WRA Campaigns: Your Questions Answered (Part I)

    In the course of conversations with wind developers new to Lidar technology, a number of questions seem to come up regularly. In this and future blog posts, I will attempt to answer these questions in some detail to benefit others who might be pondering them as well. Two very practical questions have to do with how WINDCUBE® ...


    By Renewable NRG Systems

  • Does Wind Turbine Blade Length Really Matter?

    Simply put: Longer wind turbine blade length means greater power production. Blades capture the wind which forces the rotation of the rotor; longer blades means more area for the wind to push against, which means greater force and rotational power. However, how much difference does blade length make overall, in comparison to other factors? There is a standard formula that can be used to apply the ...

  • Why Levelized Cost of Electricity is an important measurement in wind

    As the wind industry continues to grow, it is faced with much opposition, and a lot of misinformation is being shared. Some of the biggest myths around wind is that the costs of building and installing wind turbines are too high (compared to the costs of other energy sources) and that the industry is overly subsidized. Many anti-wind lobbyists point out that subsidies and tax benefits are the ...


    By Orenda Energy Solutions Ltd.

  • Does Ultrasonic Wind Sensor VENTUS-UMB pass extreme tests?

    Sometimes we give our sensors a hard time. But this has a good cause: We want to guarantee the high quality and the keeping of our promises. A few weeks ago, the ultrasonic wind sensor VENTUS was the one to be challenged. We exposed the modern measurement device to extreme conditions. But did it endure these conditions? And where occurs enough wind to challenge the strong sensor at all? Wind ...

  • Does Ultrasonic Wind Sensor VENTUS-UMB pass extreme tests?

    Sometimes we give our sensors a hard time. But this has a good cause: We want to guarantee the high quality and the keeping of our promises. A few weeks ago, the ultrasonic wind sensor VENTUS was the one to be challenged. We exposed the modern measurement device to extreme conditions. But did it endure these conditions? And where occurs enough wind to challenge the strong sensor at all? Wind ...

  • How to Keep Your SymphoniePRO Data Secure

    Data matters. The accuracy, consistency, and yes, safety of measurement data keep many wind developers and analysts up at night. Customers often ask about the digital and physical security of RNRG instruments, so I sat down with Michael Fisher, product manager for our wind resource assessment (WRA) line, to get answers to the most common questions. Q: Why is data security important? ...


    By Renewable NRG Systems

  • Maintenance tips for cooling towers - White Paper

    Cooling towers are prone to the typical causes of rotating machine failure such as misalignment, but also face a range of specific environmental challenges, including high or gusting wind speeds, dust, sand and, in coastal locations, high concentrations of salt. In the 1990s, for example, vibration and accelerated wear caused a fan blade to shear off a cooling tower in Pennsylvania, ...


    By Hansford Sensors

  • Satellite analysis to identify changes and drivers of CyanoHABs dynamics in Lake Taihu

    A long-term satellite-based analysis was performed to assess the impact of environmental factors on cyanobacterial harmful blooms (CyanoHABs) dynamics in a typical shallow lake, Lake Taihu. A sub-pixel approach (algae pixel-growing algorithm) was used with 13 years of MOderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data to evaluate changes in bloom extension, initiation date, duration, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Statoil backs wind storage; LG Chem eyes Australia growth

    Battery maker LG Chem plans to expand its footprint in the Australian residential solar and battery storage market, the company announced on March 24, citing the “exponential traction” for its RESU6.4EX residential energy storage system in Australia and the “untapped opportunity” for solar energy ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Using the HydraProbe Soil Sensor for Determination of Flood Risk in the New York State Mesonet

    New York's Mesonet uses the HydraProbe and other meteorological sensors to help forecast flood hazards and climate. In January 2014, the Department of Homeland Security established the New York State Early Warning Weather Detection System. The centerpiece of the system is the New York State Mesonet, a network of 125 weather stations across the state, with at ...

  • Spares storage can halve downtimes, cut purchase prices

    The advanced purchase and storage of spare-parts can halve the number of downtime days for a typical wind farm and costs can be controlled by buying in bulk and sourcing from a wider market base including refurbished products, Derck van Ommeren, head of sales for the Dutch spares provider WindTurbineSpareParts.com, told Wind Energy Update. It may not be cost effective to keep a full set of spare ...

  • Urban sustainability issues — Resource-efficient cities: good practice

    Our current pattern of resource use is leading to the depletion and, consequently, scarcity of natural resources (1), the degradation of ecosystems and volatile and increasing prices of natural resources. On a planet with finite resources, the challenge is to find a way of delivering greater value and more services with fewer inputs (EC, 2011a). Resources are defined as raw materials, such as ...

  • ANFIS and ANN models for the estimation of wind and wave-induced current velocities at Joeutsu-Ogata coast

    In this study, the adaptive network-based fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) and artificial neural network (ANN) were employed to estimate the wind- and wave-induced coastal current velocities. The collected data at the Joeutsu-Ogata coast of the Japan Sea were used to develop the models. In the models, significant wave height, wave period, wind direction, water depth, incident wave angle, and ...


    By IWA Publishing

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