Virginia, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Catch the Wind Ltd. has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Under the terms of the research agreement, Catch the Wind will provide NREL a test unit of the Vindicator Laser Wind Sensor (LWS) for use for up to three years.
NREL will evaluate how using the Vindicator LWS for forward measurement of wind speed and direction to optimally align wind turbines and turbine blades can reduce stress loads on turbines and improve energy production output. Catch the Wind expects to launch the cooperative research and development initiative in October.
“This cooperative research initiative provides us a tremendous opportunity to work with a pre-eminent wind energy research laboratory to fully develop the potential of Vindicator LWS for turbine control,” said Phil Rogers, president and CEO of Catch the Wind Ltd. “Working with NREL will complement our current evaluation programs and will allow us to demonstrate, on a national basis, the benefits of our forward wind measurement capabilities, including reduced turbine maintenance costs and higher energy output.”