Vaisala has over 70 years experience in weather measurement, supplying leading technologies for critical applications used in aviation, energy, and climate reference sites, for example. In the USA, Vaisala’s wind sensors can be found at the National Weather Service’s Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) sites and most airport Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) sites.
Vaisala’s Wind Measurement System combines this expertise with clear industry feedback. Richard Pyle, Segment Director, Weather Critical Energy, Vaisala, elaborates, "With alternate energy sources being the need of the hour, the Wind Energy industry is receiving billions of dollars worth of investments globally. For its success, it requires economical investment grade equipment that provides accurate and reliable measurements. Combining several decades of experience in weather observation, and working closely with the wind energy industry, Vaisala has designed affordable world class systems that maximize certainty and minimize risk and long term costs for investors, wind farm developers, and operators."
The measurement system includes five configurations, which offer customers a choice of specialized features. These include a cold climate option, which ensures performance in the harshest weather conditions, and an option which employs sensors designed to last more than 20 years and is largely maintenance free.
Each Wind Measurement System includes a combination of sensors, which provide superior accuracy and quality with low life cycle costs, a world class data logging system, power supply, and a tower. Vaisala also offers a full suite of installation and support services, which coupled with partner offerings create a turn-key observation system that maximizes data availability, and supports financial analysis and reporting, including energy yield analysis.
Customers can choose from a number of ownership options. They can own or lease the equipment, or use it as a complete service with Vaisala managing the equipment, collecting and reporting the data as per customer needs. The products are now available globally, with the leasing option available to customers in the US, Canada, Germany, Finland, Sweden, UK, and France.