WINData’s “WINDataNOW! Technology” was developed under research support from John Deere Renewables, NaturEner and the US Department of Energy. WINDataNOW! is a 4G high-fidelity real-time met data technology leveraging OSIsoft PI for use by wind energy integrators, forecasters, developers and plant and system operators.
WINDataNOW’s core technology takes advantage of many industry standard pieces of equipment and combines them to deliver real-time meteorological data to users. Various meteorological tower configurations and instrument combinations are possible and vary by individual site characteristic and customer specifications. WINDataNOW can even add non- standard sensors as required to further characterize the wind flows of a prospective site.
While today’s site assessment technology relies on 10 minute average wind speed readings, the WINDataNOW technology records a much higher fidelity data set (usually second-by-second data). Legacy systems paint an even more incomplete picture of a site’s potential operations once that 10 minute average data is rolled into hourly, daily or monthly averages.
WINDataNOW’s technology gives users the flexibility to use their high fidelity data in any manner necessary. They can easily assess a site’s behavior and dynamics during seasonal, diurnal, or synoptic variations over long periods of time without sacrificing their source data quality.
In order to deliver higher fidelity data to customers, WINDataNOW uses quality instrumentation that can deliver a more exact representation of the wind speed information to the WINDataNOW data acquisition system. The system is able to communicate wirelessly to a central server and deliver near-real time data to customers.
Because WINDataNOW uses OSIsoft’s industry leading PI System as its data repository, most utility and operating companies can use their live met data at its full fidelity just like any other data source that feeds their on-site PI System. This enables wind experts to interact with their data in familiar tools such as Excel, or PI ProcessBook. Met data can also feed directly into forecasting provider models and can be used to support rapid refresh.
Meteorological “Met” Towers
WINDataNOW! SuperDuty® data collection towers are available for sale and installation throughout continental North America. WINDataNOW!® towers are manufactured using high strength galvanized steel and are available in heights of 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60-meters.
WINData® installs NRG NOW systems in 50M, 60M and 80M heights and offers Second Wind towers systems and instruments.
WINData® is a registered reseller, distributor and installer of Mega80 (formerly AAT – Groupe Ohmega) 60M, 67M and 80M Met Towers.
For Hub-height measurement WINData installs Sabre and Rohn guyed lattice towers and Self supporting SSV towers for heights of 65 to 110 meters (350 feet).
Wind and Climatological Sensors
Sensors are installed to measure wind speed, direction, temperature and barometric pressure at designated heights. Clients’ choice of industry standard sensors are available for purchase and installation.
Industry standard loggers available for met tower installations from WINDataNOW!®, NRG, Second Wind and Campbell Scientific.
As a wind energy development company, WINData has focused for over 22 years on wind energy site prospecting throughout the US. The company creates value by conducting detailed site identification and resource analysis, securing development rights and demonstrating project viability.
WINData’s wind site prospecting personnel have long term expertise in desktop level studies, site topographical explorations and met program design of prospective windy real estate parcels. WINData provides project management for installation of met towers and instrumentation of a prospect site.
As part of the prospecting process, WINData experts explore the complexities or hidden attributes of the site to determine early critical path issues. WINData works with local entities, future power off-takers, and development entities from the outset to streamline the development process and build appropriate levels of awareness about a site’s potential.
Once site prospect is leased, met towers are installed and data is flowing into WINData’s servers, we continuously monitor and analyze data as a precursor to a full site assessment study which usually occurs after a year or more of data is collected.