Meteorological equipment specialists Biral has recently announced the launch of its new visibility test plaques for wind turbine aviation obstruction lights.
Visibility sensors are frequently used on wind turbines to adjust the brightness of aviation obstruction lights. This way, the brightness of the light is reduced as the meteorological conditions improve, visibility increases and the light pollution caused to residents is greatly reduced.
These newly developed test plaques demonstrate the correct operation of the aviation obstruction lights by reproducing the required visibility in the Biral sensor and triggering the change of brightness in the obstruction lights as the visibility changes.
Both at the initial construction phase and at regular intervals thereafter as part of general operational maintenance, there is a requirement to be able to test the correct operation of aviation obstruction lights on wind turbines. Biral’s test plaque demonstrates the correct operation of the aviation obstruction lights’ control system by reproducing the required visibility from the Biral sensor, triggering the change of brightness.
The test plaque is supplied to a customer specified, pre-configured visibility value. These test plaques can be fitted to any Biral SWS or VPF sensor and utilise the mounting points used by the calibration plaques. Each test plaque forces the Biral visibility sensor to report a known Meteorological Optical Range (MOR) as ascribed to each plaque. This MOR value is equivalent to a known visibility value.
This MOR output will then cause the lighting control system to adjust the brightness of the aviation obstruction lights. The MOR value for each test plaque is specified by the customer at the time of purchase. The MOR range available is 0.5 to 7.0km in increments of 0.1km. These test plaques are for use as a simulator only and are not designed for the calibration of Biral sensors.
Further information is available from Biral on +44 1275 847787, email: email@example.com or by visiting the company’s website at www.biral.com.
Vaisala, the world leader in measurement technology, is expanding the service offering to ISO/IEC 17025 accredited carbon dioxide calibrations. In the initial phase the accredited calibration services will be offered to the Vaisala CARBOCAP® Carbon Dioxide GMP250 Series. Later during 2018, the service will be available also for the Vaisala GMP220 Series.
New accredited calibration service is answering to quality system requirements of the demanding safety and manufacturing processes, especially in pharmaceutical and food industry. Accurate carbon dioxide measurement helps maintain correct pH-levels in cell cultivation and optimal indoor or process air. Incorrect readings may lead to costly and incorrect decisions or even life danger in the most critical applications.
Monitoring typhoons and inclement weather is key to the airport’s daily operation
Huntsville, Al, April 16, 2018 — Baron, the worldwide leader in critical weather intelligence, working closely with Mitel Broadband Co., Ltd., announce that we have been selected to provide upgrades to the existing Baron radar that has served the Taiwan airport for over 15 years. The airport will take delivery of two Baron 350,000-watt C-band magnetron transmitters and a new antenna. The dual transmitters provide a hot-redundant back-up system which provides an immediate switch-over function to ensure continuous operation.
Taoyuan International Airport is both the world’s tenth-busiest international passenger airport with over 42 million passengers, and the sixth-busiest in terms of international freight traffic. The airport moves over 2.1 billion kg (4.6 billion pounds) of cargo. Operationally the radar is used to monitor for inclement weather and typhoons, and there’s good reason. Super typhoon Nesat disrupted air travel when all arriving and departing flights were cancelled in July 2017. In July of 2016, the airport took preemptive measures to ensure that the facility did not flood due to super typhoon Nepartak. A super typhoon is equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic basin.
“Baron is pleased to have been selected along with our partner Mitel Broadband Co., Ltd to perform this upgrade, and we look forward to this solution serving the Taoyuan airport’s meteorological needs for another 15 years or more,” said Bob Baron, Jr., Executive Vice President. Baron continues to engineer and develop new radar technologies for use in real-world operational settings delivering clients with solutions to enhance decision making and deliver critical weather intelligence.
International weather expert to guide expanded global operations
Huntsville, AL, March 26, 2018 – Baron, the worldwide provider of critical weather intelligence, proudly announces the appointment of international weather expert John L. (Jack) Hayes, PhD, who will help further expand Baron’s global business development initiatives.
Dr. Hayes’ extensive weather industry experience includes a 28-year career in the Air Force, 12 years at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and 7 years in the private sector.
First ever Doppler Weather Radar to be operated by the Bangladesh Air Force includes Baron’s processor and patented calibration techniques
Huntsville, Al, March 5, 2018 — Baron, the worldwide leader in critical weather intelligence, working closely with our in-country partner Mazzak, a sister company of JMI group, announce that they have been selected to provide the Bangladesh Air Force with a state of the art Doppler Weather Radar System.
This radar is the first radar owned and operated by the Bangladesh Air Force. The Air Force will take delivery of a Baron 350,000-watt C-Band Dual Polarization radar, one of the newest generations of radar series produced by Baron.
EEC’s TeleSpace division, in conjunction with our regional partner Aviation Communications Limited (AVCOM), continues its international dominance with this month’s competitive award of a 4.5m Capella-R GOES-16 (GOES-East) ground station. This system, coupled with EEC TeleSpace’s flagship visualization and analysis software, PROTEUS, will be installed in the next two months at the Cayman Islands National Weather Service Facility at the Owens Roberts Airport in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
In analytics projects that seek to answer complex real-world questions such as how to reduce a farm’s water usage, researchers must typically collect data from multiple sources over an extended period of time. IBM Corp. today unveiled an experimental new service aimed at making it easier to put the different pieces together.
The offering, which is debuting under the name PAIRS Geoscope, is specifically built to process what the company refers to as geospatial-temporal data.
This is information that describes how physical objects change over time in the context of their location, an essential asset for many important industries. A utility planning to build a new solar farm, for example, must carefully weigh the target location’s average temperature and cloud coverage before construction can begin. Likewise, tech-savvy agriculture companies monitor field conditions with sensors to identify ways of improving crop growth.
Leading meteorological specialist Biral, in conjunction with a local aviation warning light manufacturer, has won the first wind turbine project in Canada to incorporate automatic warning light dimming using visibility sensors.
Located on Mont Sainte-Marguerite (MSM) wind farm, Quebec, the technology has been in use across much of Europe for many years as it greatly reduces the environmental impact of light pollution from the warning lights on nearby local residents.
The aviation warning lights have to be very bright so that they can be seen by aircraft from several kilometres away. However, in very clear atmospheric conditions (no low cloud, no fog or rain) these lights can have their brightness reduced, down to as little as 10% output, without compromising their effectiveness. Conversely, in foggy or poor visibility conditions, the lights’ brightness can be turned up to the maximum output to ensure that they can be seen.
The scientists and engineers at Campbell Scientific understand the importance of quality data, even in harsh, remote locations. They created the durable MesoPRO™ research-grade mesonet station, a specialized, network-ready system in the new PRO series of weather stations.
The MesoPRO has longevity built in, with field-proven dataloggers and sensors. It includes an industrial 4G LTE cellular network modem and a rugged 10-meter tower for long-term installations. Thousands of mesonet stations are already running with Campbell Scientific instruments, some since the 1970s and 1980s. Campbell dataloggers are highly programmable, allowing for changes and expansion as user needs grow.
The research-grade, high-quality data from the MesoPRO can be used to calculate many weather-related parameters. These include evapotranspiration, growing-degree days, wind chill, and dew point. And the system is fully customizable, with capacity for more sensors and peripherals.
With information coming from stations in so many locations, short- and medium-term weather forecasting can be improved down to the local scale. Locale-specific weather alerts can be issued, and climate monitoring can be performed on a regional basis.
To learn more about the MesoPRO, or to ask questions of the company’s highly trained technical and sales support team, please visit: www.campbellsci.com/new-mesopro.