July 26, 2011
Second Wind Systems, Inc. has supplied the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) in Port Hueneme, Calif. with a Triton SoDAR (sound detection and ranging) instrument for a wind resource measurement campaign at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, Africa. In addition, members of the NAVFAC staff were certified in field operations at Second Wind's Newton, Mass. factory and will be responsible for the Triton during its five-year deployment.
The NAVFAC renewable energy team is evaluating Navy facilities as part of the Navy’s goal that at least 50% of the Navy’s “shore-based energy” requirements come from alternative sources by 2020. Triton will be used to assess the wind resource potential for U.S. bases to evaluate whether the use of wind turbine generators for base energy generation is a viable option.
“Second Wind is pleased to be a part of the Navy’s effort to address energy use and security for our domestic and international bases,” says Larry Letteney, Second Wind’s CEO. “Designed and built in the USA, Triton is a robust, easy-to-use, reliable wind measurement system that provides NAVFAC’s facility managers the information they need to make the right choices to meet their renewable energy goals.”
Triton is an advanced remote sensing system that uses sodar (sound detection and ranging) technology to measure wind in the areas that most affect a wind turbine’s performance. By measuring wind speeds at the turbine rotor's hub height and beyond, Triton reduces uncertainty in annual energy production (AEP) forecasts. Easy to install and capable of autonomous operation, Tritons are being used throughout the wind industry, alone or in conjunction with met towers, to streamline the wind farm development process and to improve wind farm operations.
About Second Wind
Second Wind provides the wind energy industry with the intelligence required to plan, finance and operate highly efficient, profitable wind generation facilities. Second Wind's WindIQ™ initiative helps the wind industry transform data into insight, making wind information more valuable, accessible, and meaningful. Second Wind's integrated product and service offerings include SkyServe® web-based wind data service; the Triton® Sonic Wind Profiler; the ProMast™ 60 met mast; and Nomad® 2 Wind Data Logger systems. For more information about Boston-based Second Wind, please visit www.secondwind.com
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