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12 February 2015

FT makes two new appointments

In order to support expansion into new market sectors, FT Technologies has made two new appointments: Aled Lumley as Applications Engineer and Michał Gajewski as Engineering Data Analyst.

Aled Lumley will work with our customers and distributors in Europe and the Americas delivering technical support and project delivery, as well as developing new business opportunities.

Aled has 10 years’ experience in engineering and holds a BEng (Honours) in Integrated Engineering from Cardiff University.

“I am looking forward to working with our customers to assist and train them further on the use of our products,” said Aled. “I will also work closely with their technical and commercial managers to resolve practical issues and provide ongoing support.”

Commenting on the appointment, Fred Squire, Director of Sales and Marketing for FT Technologies noted "Aled’s previous experience in industrial engineering applications will be very relevant to our customers, especially in the energy, infrastructure, and industrial markets. His experience of environmental consulting, electronics and project management will be a great asset to us as we develop new products with greater accuracy and higher wind speed readings.”

Michal Gajewski FT Technologies Engineering Data AnalystAs Engineering Data Analyst, Michał Gajewski’s primary focus will be to analyse product and process data in order to identify and implement continuous improvements in sensor performance and manufacturing. He will also support the integration of data communications and robotic automation in our new calibration wind tunnel.

Olivier Schlenkhoff-Hus, Engineering Programme Manager, said “When we interviewed Michał we knew that we had found a real expert in the area of data analysis and control systems. He will be a key player in the introduction of our new wind tunnel, applying robust data analysis to support the development and calibration of higher speed wind sensors.”

Michał holds a MSc in Engineering and Financial Mathematics from the Technical University of Gdansk. 

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23 December 2014

FT appoints Technical Support Manager in China

FT Technologies furthers its commitment to the burgeoning Chinese wind power industry by appointing Carrie Chen as Technical Support Manager. Based in Beijing, Ms Chen will provide technical service and advice to our Chinese distributors and end users.

Ms Chen brings with her nearly 10 years of experience in the wind energy sector in both technical support and quality management. She has an MSc in Computer System Engineering from the Technical Universtiy of Denmark, as well as a BA in Computer Science from the Northeast China Institute of Electric Power.

"Many of the wind parks here in China are located in remote areas where the turbines are not easily accessed. Reliability is therefore very important to this market," said Ms Chen. "The FT702LT wind sensor is small and tough and therefore ideal in extreme conditions. In China we have extremely low temperatures during the winter, and long, hot summers with high levels of humidity in the South East, and dry, dusty conditions in the North West. The FT702 has proved extremely reliable in these challenging conditions and I am delighted to be working with the preferred supplier of sensors within the Chinese wind industry."

Commenting on the appointment, Fred Squire, Director of Sales and Marketing for FT Technologies noted "We have teamed up with China Britain Business Council (CBBC) using its launchpad scheme to provide Carrie employment and office services. Her comprehensive understanding of wind sensors and their use on turbines will greatly benefit our distributors, their customers, and the end users in both the wind turbine and meteorological markets."

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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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