Boulder, Colorado, September 24, 2018 – Orbital Micro Systems (OMS), a leader in advanced instrumentation for small satellite missions and weather intelligence analytics, announced the delivery of the first ever commercially owned and operated space-based passive microwave radiometer for atmospheric observation to Clyde Space in Glasgow, Scotland, for satellite integration. Employing proven technology utilized in many larger weather monitoring platforms such as the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) aboard the Joint Polar Satellite System, the innovative OMS radiometer will deliver highly-accurate temperature, humidity, and precipitation data critical for business decisions at a fraction of the cost of heritage government programs.
The mission is part of the In-Orbit Demonstrator (IOD) Program, funded by Innovate UK and managed by the Satellite Applications Catapult. OMS is on track to launch six to eight satellites in 2019 to establish its Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS) constellation.
Selex ES GmbH, a Leonardo company, has been awarded a turnkey software integration project for the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG).
The supply consists of a national centric multi radar data processing center based on Selex’s proprietary application software Rainbow 5. The complete system will be used as a sustainable, scalable, and harmonized radar data processing framework incorporating 21 radars in the first stage, and – at a later stage- more than 60 national radars of different suppliers.
FTS ran a pilot project with its Remote Automated Observation System (RAOS). The FTS RAOS was installed on the Gentry Lookout Tower in the Apache-Sitgreave National Forests in Arizona. FTS wanted to show the importance of having a high power zoom, remote control camera located at a location with good field of view, such as a lookout tower for monitoring and detecting forest fires.
The FTS RAOS was used daily to scan the horizon, typically at the start and end of shift. On March 26, the customer was using the FTS RAOS over his lunch break, and noticed something unusual. After positioning and zooming the camera it was determined that this was smoke potentially from a wildfire.
After three years of development, extensive laboratory and field tests as well as a BETA test round at some of our partners, the time has finally come: The Lufft WS10 is ready to conquer the market!
It is an addition to the Lufft weather sensor family, but stands out completely from its predecessors in terms of price, measuring principles and areas of application. This is already evident in the completely new design: The individual sensors are well protected under a closed housing.
The initially compact device proves to be extremely versatile when looking at the data sheet. The measuring instrument issues 13 parameters with its 10 integrated individual probes. These are air temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, wind direction / speed, amount / intensity / type of precipitation, UV index (divided into 15 levels), sun position, brightness, twilight and global radiation.The built-in compass, an optional universal fixture and the possibility of data transfer via Wi-Fi make installation particularly easy.
The WS10 weather station can be integrated into the Weather Underground platform and thus becomes part of a global weather measurement network. This is done via the free Lufft Config Tool.NET.
Woolnorth Wind Farm Holding Pty Ltd is receiving weather guidance and lightning detection services from MetraWeather Australia.
Woolnorth owns and operates three wind farms leveraging Tasmania’s world class wind resources to generate approximately 9 percent of Tasmania’s electricity needs.
MetraWeather is a specialist weather insights company. It serves energy generators and distributors in Australia, Europe, New Zealand and South East Asia, and has built an enviable reputation for weather insights for renewable energy operations.
Wind speed anomalies across the US in May and June highlight the need for wind energy operators to be able to quickly re-calibrate their energy forecasts.
Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, has launched a new Vaisala Energy Budget Outlook service to provide independent assessment of the impact of weather on wind portfolio performance. The launch comes amid increased demand from wind energy operators for tools to more accurately forecast revenue, and for the ability to adjust these forecasts based on recent wind performance.
Due to climate change, floods, wildfires and other extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense. This scenario poses serious a challenge for current risk management systems and calls for innovative solutions to prevent and fight disasters.
In this context, the I-REACT project is developing an effective solution based on the integration and modelling of data coming from multiple sources. The system will process information from European monitoring systems, earth observations, historical information and weather forecasts, which also will be combined with data gathered by new technological developments created by the project. These include a mobile app and a social media analysis tool to
account for real-time crowdsourced information, drones to improve mapping, wearables to improve positioning, as well as augmented reality glasses to facilitate reporting and information visualisation by first responders.
With this approach I-REACT will be able to empower stakeholders in the prevention and management of disasters. Citizens will be involved in reporting first-hand information, policymakers will be supported in the decision making process, and first responders will be equipped with essential tools for early warning and response.
Overall, I-REACT aims to be a European-wide contribution to build more secure and resilient societies to disasters.
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Following the launch of its new technology thunderstorm detection system which has significant benefits for the wind energy sector, meteorological equipment specialist Biral’s Alec Bennett has produced a technical white paper on the success of this system in detecting imminent lightning.
Entitled ‘Warning of imminent lightning using single-site meteorological observations’, the paper discusses the effectiveness of meteorological observations made at a site to warn personnel of imminent nearby lightning.
The company’s BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detection system has the ability to detect all forms of lightning within an 83km radius, including warning of potential overhead lightning. The equipment is immune to man-made false alarms making it highly reliable in safety critical situations such as during turbine construction and maintenance.
This new white paper from Biral is available at https://tinyurl.com/y8bto48v
Paris, France 25th June 2018. The Wind Iris TC Lidar has been validated by DNV GL – Energy Renewables Certification to be integrated as a component of today’s advanced wind turbines with respect to Type Certification.
Thanks to the extensive and trustworthy review of all necessary features including design for successful operations, advanced wind measurements capabilities as well as system reliability, lifetime and services, the Wind Iris TC has proved being completely mature and suitable technology to be integrated in an efficient manner into today’s leading-edge wind turbines meeting all the rigorous wind industry standards.
“Wind Iris TC has a high level of maturity and is well prepared for an integration into a wind turbine with respect to Type Certification”, said Steffen Haupt, Head of Department Loads, Sie Conditions & Electrical Engineering. “A subsequent Type Certification process of the newly combined system will be initiated by the wind turbine manufacturer.”
Huntsville, Al, May 23, 2018 — Baron and Kazakhstan-based Spetsosnascheniya, Ltd. announce that they have been awarded the contract to provide two Baron Gen3 Klystron C-band Megawatt Doppler weather radars to the Hydrometeorological Service of Kazakhstan, which is under the direction of the Ministry of Energy.
The Baron Gen3 dual-polarization radar system is especially well-suited to the unique climate and geographic conditions in Kazakhstan, where mountainous areas and desert zones are present. Due to this unique diversity, water management and accurate rainfall measurements are important. Baron’s advanced processing, patented radar calibration, and exclusive clutter suppression will play an important role in meeting the Hydrometeorologcal Services’ diverse needs.