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.
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA, MAY 25, 2018 – In yet another industry first, EEC, in cooperation with our Australian partners ESS WeatherTech, have just completed delivery of a new Doppler weather radar onto the INPEX Ichthys LNG Central Processing Facility (CPF), the Ichthys Explorer.
The system, an EEC Defender C350 Dual-Polarization radar, resides aboard the first-ever semi-submersible LNG CFP to operate in Australian waters. The INPEX Ichthys LNG Project as a whole is ranked among the most significant oil and gas projects in the world.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.