Energy / Wind Energy

What We Do

If you need to measure wind speed and wind direction to help determine whether your site is a good candidate to harvest wind power, Campbell Scientific can help you. We offer high-speed dataloggers for monitoring wind turbine power and performance. To complete your system, we also offer a wide range of towers, sensors, and software that can be customized for your wind assessment or wind turbine performance needs.

Our data acquisition systems monitor conditions at wind assessment sites, at producing wind farms, and along transmission lines. Key components include dataloggers, sensors, and communications devices, which are customized for each application.

Wind Monitoring System Benefits

  1. Systems perform long-term, unattended data collection.
  2. Nearly every available sensor can be measured.
  3. Dataloggers have on-board mathematical and statistical capabilities.
  4. Time-stamped data is recorded allowing historical analyses.
  5. Pagers, radios, phones, and other devices can report alarm conditions.
  6. Electrical devices can be controlled based on time or measured parameters.
  7. Rugged, low power design allows systems to operate in harsh environments.

Dataloggers used in Wind Monitoring

Our dataloggers can be used for many different purposes. They can make and record measurements, control electrical devices, or both. The dataloggers multifaceted capabilities include functioning as PLCs or RTUs. They have many different channel types, allowing nearly all sensor types to be measured on a single unit. For example, one datalogger can measure strain on turbine blades, wind speed, and power output of the turbine, even while controlling peripheral devices. The CR1000 with an LLAC4 peripheral can measure up to 10 low-level ac output anemometers. If long cable runs are being avoided, our CR200-series dataloggers can be deployed in a wireless network configuration, allowing cost effective monitoring at each level of a wind assessement tower.

The reliability of our datalogger systems ensures data collection, even under adverse conditions. Wide operating temperature ranges and weather-proof enclosures allow our systems to operate reliably in harsh environments. Because they have their own power supply (batteries, solar panels), our dataloggers continue to measure and store data and perform control during power outages. Up to 2 million data points can be stored in the datalogger's non-volatile memory, while Flash cards can be used to increase data storage to tens of millions of points. Data is time- and date-stamped to provide key information for identifying and analyzing past events.

Measurement Capabilities

Channel types include analog (single-ended and differential), pulse, switched excitation, and digital. Not only are there multiple types of input channels, but each of these channels can be independently programmed for various sensor types. Most sensors connect directly to the datalogger, eliminating the need for external signal conditioning. Multiplexers and other peripherals can be used with most of our dataloggers to increase the numbers and types of channels.

Control Capabilities

The ability of our dataloggers to perform advanced control functions is a great advantage. Powerful on-board instruction sets allow unattended measurement and control decisions based on time or conditional events. Using these instruction sets, dataloggers can be programmed to perform multiple control functions based on different scenarios. For example, alarms can be triggered, phone numbers dialed, or equipment shut down if the system detects an equipment failure--all without human intervention.

Wind Monitoring Sensors

Almost any sensor can be measured by our dataloggers, allowing the wind energy system to be customized for each application. Typical sensors include, but are not limited to: sonic anemometers, 3-cup and propellor anemometers, wind vanes, temperature sensors (air, water, equipment, and product), solar radiation, electrical current, resistance, power, and voltage.

Communications

The availability of multiple telecommunications and on-site options for retrieving data or reporting site conditions also allows our systems to be customized to meet exact needs. Options include: radio, telephone, cellphone, voice-synthesized phone, satellite, and ethernet. Systems can be programmed to send alarms or report site conditions by calling out to computers, phones, radios, and pagers.

Software

Our PC-based support software simplifies the entire data acquisition process, from programming to data retrieval to data display and analysis. Our software automatically manages data retrieval from networks or single stations. Robust error-checking ensures data integrity. We can even help you post your data to the Internet.

If you need assistance selecting the best wind sensor, tower, telecommunications, and datalogger combination, please contact us. We'd be happy to answer your questions and provide the most cost-effective solution for your needs.

If you would like to view your options for wind speed sensors, please visit our sensor pages, or contact one of our applications engineers.


Systems




Customize a System

Most of the systems we sell are customized. Tell us what you need and we'll help you configure a system that meets your exact needs.

 

Instrumentation

We offer a variety of products that can be used to create systems for Wind Energy. Many of the major components used to create these systems are listed below. Please let us know if we can help you configure a system.


Case Studies

Australia: Tropical Cyclone Debbie
Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie was a category 4 system that made landfall near Airlie Beach......read more
Wales: Offshore Wind Farm Prospecting
A Campbell Scientific datalogging system monitoring the site of a new offshore wind farm in harsh......read more

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  1. Most Campbell Scientific systems are built from individual components. This provides maximum flexibility for our customers, but it does not lend itself to pricing a "typical" system. Contact Campbell Scientific for assistance in pricing a system to meet the unique needs of the application.