14 September 2012
New product launch - LIDAR for Turbine control
FT Technologies is delighted to have been appointed as the official partner and distributor for the Windar Photonics LIDAR for Turbine control.
With its innovative, robust and low cost technology is set to revolutionise the market. This is the first LIDAR for Turbine Control that makes business sense.
This new LIDAR has been developed by Windar Photonics and tested by DTU/Risø in Denmark and FT Technologies is the worldwide distributor.
The Windar Photonics LIDAR uses a patented semi-conductor laser source which generates a high powered laser beam. This innovative use of a semi-conductor laser and the absence of complex mechanical scanning devices gives a more reliable and much lower cost product.
In addition the Windar Photonics LIDAR has been engineered so that all the main components are in the nacelle with only the optical head exposed on the top of the nacelle and that only contains very few electronic components. This optical head is very light at 8 kgs – this is about half the size of conventional LIDARs, used for turbine installation.
“The combination of innovative technology and practical cost focussed engineering mean that we are able to bring the Windar Photonics LIDAR to the market at less than half the cost of products currently available” said Fred Squire Director of Business Development at FT Technologies. “We are very excited to be able to offer this innovative product and technology to our existing customers in the Wind Turbine industry and believe that it will make a strong economic case for fitting a LIDAR as standard”.
FT conservatively estimates that the use of the Windar LIDAR for improved yaw alignment, should improve turbine yield by between 3% and 5%. “Depending on the size of the turbine and the price of electricity this should show a payback in less than 12 months” said Brian Pedersen Director of Wind Energy for FT Technologies.
Martin Rambusch CEO of Windar Photonics said “We are very pleased to be working with FT Technologies and believe that a combination of FT’s many years of experience in ultrasonic wind sensors, their reputation in the industry and our technology and exciting product development plans will deliver great value to our customers”.