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27 August 2014

Wind sensor working in service of Solar Power

FT’s acoustic resonance wind sensors have a good reputation for their ability to withstand  extreme cold, ice and other harsh climates. The patented sensor design has proven its reliability in the wind turbine industry however one FT wind sensor has headed to the sun and found its way to the Tabernas Desert in south-eastern Spain where it is installed in a sandstorm chamber.

The Institute of Solar Research, a department of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR),  is conducting durability tests of materials for the solar industry. To assess the degradation of components in desert sand storms dust laden air is blown through the storm chamber. Winds of up to 108 kph with 2.5g/m³ of dust are generated in the tunnel.Florian Wiesinger works with FT wind sensors

Whilst degradation of the components is expected, the FT sensor has to withstand the extreme force and still monitor the wind flow accurately and reliably. Over the past weeks the FT sensor has been doing just that and Florian Wiesinger, PhD student at the DLR, is happy with the result.

The FT sensor is doing a great job. It doesn’t have any moving parts and we don’t have to worry about dust getting inside or the sensor giving wrong values after some time.”

The FT ultrasonic anemometers use resonating acoustic waves within a small purpose built cavity. This makes a very small and very strong sensor. FT sensors have passed over 28 certification tests including corrosion, sand and hail and are literally tested to the extreme.  

For more information see DLR -Institute of Solar Research

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17 February 2014

FT Technologies sponsors Bloodhound Supersonic Car

FT will be supplying its wind sensors to Met Masts installed along the 10 mile track at Hakskeenpan in Northern Cape Province S. Africa and to the test track at Newquay in Cornwall.  The jet and rocket powered car will attempt to travel at 1,000 mph (just over 1,600 kph).

“The Bloodhound Project is really exciting for us to be involved in” said Fred Squire Director of Sales. “It is a British based project with a global reach aiming to develop science and technology in the UK and this matches our profile of a UK company exporting our technology all over the world”.

Bloodhound Supersonic Car

The FT sensor was selected by the Bloodhound team because of its reputation for toughness and longevity and its ability to work in dusty environments without calibration or maintenance. “The sensor really suits our needs and should give us good service through the lifetime of the project” said Robert Pattinson of the Bloodhound Engineering Team.

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22 January 2014

FT Technologies Announces Approved Integration Partner

The Arklay S Richards Co. Inc., a manufacturer of high performance sensors and systems for industrial applications, has signed an agreement to become an Approved Integration Partner of FT Technologies. Under this agreement, FT Technologies’ range of Acoustic Resonance sensors will be integrated into systems for industrial monitoring applications.

Fred Squire, Director of Business Development at FT Technologies commented “We are looking forward to working with The Arklay S Richards Co, Inc. With their reach into specialized markets and their reputation for building high quality products, this partnership with FT Technologies is expected to support our expansion into new applications.”

Gerhard Richards, Executive Vice President of The Arklay S Richards Co, Inc. said “we are very excited about adding FT Technologies Acoustic Resonance Wind Sensors to our existing product mix. We have found FT wind sensors to be of exceptional quality, produce a reliable signal, and have superior de-icing characteristics. We are confident, the integration of FT wind sensors with our own wind monitoring and alarm products; will allow us to provide a complete system with an unmatched level of performance to the industrial market place.”

Click here for more information on The Arklay S Richards Co. Inc.


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21 January 2014

FT sensor passes Winter Testing

Two heated FT702LT wind sensors were installed on a met mast near Quebec Canada between January and May 2013. Over the test period nine significant heavy icing events were reported.

The TechnoCentre Éolien in Quebec monitored the performance continuously throughout the campaign and compared the results with unheated and heated mechanical cup anemometers and a conventional “time-of-flight” ultrasonic wind sensor.

The TechnoCentre Éolien reported that both FT sensors achieved >99.9998% data availability*.

* See test report for full details  (PDF 757KB)

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