Virgina, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Catch the Wind Ltd. announced that its Vindicator Laser Wind Sensor (LWS) has been deployed by Axys Technologies as part of validation testing of the WindSentinel, the world’s first offshore wind assessment buoy. Commercial launch of the WindSentinel, which combines an Axys floating platform with a Vindicator LWS, is expected once testing is successfully completed.
As announced previously, Axys and Catch the Wind entered into an OEM distribution agreement pursuant to which Axys was granted a license to combine and integrate the Vindicator LWS with custom Axys salt/fresh water fixed and floating platforms, and sell the bundled products worldwide.
Validation testing of the WindSentinel buoy is being conducted off of Race Rocks Island, in the coastal waters of British Columbia, Canada. The validation testing is designed to compare wind data collected by the Vindicator LWS on the moving buoy to wind data collected from a second, stationary Vindicator LWS, on Race Rocks Island 0.5 kilometers away.
The test site at Race Rocks Island was specifically chosen to thoroughly test the buoy’s capabilities. The waters surrounding Race Rocks see currents of 5 to 6 knots, waves from 2 to 4 meters high and winds up to 50 knots.
“The burgeoning offshore wind energy market provides us with tremendous growth opportunities,” said Phil Rogers, President and CEO of Catch the Wind, Inc. “Through our strategic collaboration with Axys Technologies, we will be able to penetrate this market by providing capabilities to measure wind speed and direction, more accurately and at less expense than existing methods.”