June 06, 2012
Second Wind, a leader in wind measurement systems for the global wind energy industry, announced today that its Triton Sonic Wind Profiler has passed a key milestone.
Since its commercial release in 2008, the Triton remote sensing system has collected 5 million hours -- over 570 years -- of wind data. Triton is used by most of the world's largest wind farm developers to measure wind at the heights needed to project turbine power performance. "We crossed this threshold right around the time of AWEA's WINDPOWER® 2012 annual conference in Atlanta," says Larry Letteney, Second Wind CEO. "No other remote sensing tool for wind has achieved that level of experience."
The number is significant because it not only represents Triton's market leadership but also reflects on the system's reliability. "Wind developers who deploy Triton in all kinds of challenging climates and difficult terrain tend to leave it running. The Triton fleet has over 97 percent operational uptime," says Letteney. "Combined with the system's low power requirements, portability, and ability to access data remotely, Triton's robustness makes it the industry's most viable solution for remote sensing."
In 2011, Second Wind introduced an upgrade to SkyServe, the company's web-based wind data service. "SkyServe is our way of giving customers instant insight into what's going on at all their measurement locations -- whether they're using tower-mounted sensors or Tritons," says Letteney. "SkyServe 2.0 is even easier to use and is part of our commitment to continuously expand and improve our customers' experience."
Second Wind also recently introduced the first in a series of upgrades to the Triton firmware. The new firmware is a platform to enhance the reporting of data in challenging environmental conditions.
Triton has had over 1,000 deployments in 30 countries, with the most recent deployments in Chile, Brazil, and India. The system is being used for applications including greenfield prospecting, wind resource assessment, noise studies, and condition monitoring on operating wind farms. In January 2012 Second Wind introduced a suite of applications geared toward operations and maintenance on wind farms and has worked with its customers to develop specialized grid integration applications.
"More and more, we're seeing wind developers, owners and operators deploy Triton on the wind farms they've built with the help of Triton data," said Letteney. "This was the original vision for Triton and it's great to see it coming to fruition."
About Second Wind
Second Wind has been a global innovator in advanced technology for wind measurement since 1980. Our sole focus is on supporting the development and operations of the world's wind energy industry. Key innovations include the Nomad® wind data logger and tower systems; Triton® remote sensing systems; and SkyServe® satellite wind data service. Second Wind is headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA. For more information on the Triton Sonic Wind Profiler and Second Wind’s other product and service offerings, visit www.secondwind.com.
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