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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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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.

For more details visit www.bloodhoundssc.com

 

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