Catch the Wind To Supply Sensors to Canadian Power Company

The wind-measurement company Catch the Wind announced earlier this month that it will supply eight test units of its Vindicator laser wind sensor (LWS) to Canadian Hydro Developers as part of a new trial agreement signed yesterday.

The trial program, Catch the Wind’s largest to date, is designed to test the forward wind measurement and turbine control capabilities of the Vindicator LWS for proper alignment of a turbine against oncoming wind in order to reduce equipment stress and increase energy output.

The Vindicator LWS test units will be installed and integrated on eight of Canadian Hydro Developers‘ 15 turbines located at the Cowley North ecoPower centre in Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada for a direct, side-by-side comparison with turbines not equipped with laser wind sensors. Each of Cowley North’s Nordex N60 1.3-MW wind turbines is currently out of warranty.

Phased delivery of the Vindicator LWS test units is expected to begin by September 30, 2009 and end by December 31, 2009. The trial program is expected to last up to six months, effective with the final delivery and installation of the test units.

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