Wind turbine LIDAR control system adopted for 10 MW Canadian wind farm

Feb. 20, 2012
Chantilly, VA--Catch the Wind signed a sales agreement with Saturn to equip all wind turbines at its 10 MW Gesner wind farm with Vindicator LIDAR.

Chantilly, VA--Optical turbine control systems (OTCS) manufacturer Catch the Wind signed a sales agreement with Saturn Power (New Hamburg, ON, Canada) to equip all wind turbines at its 10 MW Gesner wind farm in Ontario, Canada with Vindicator OTCS. Vindicator OTCS uses light detection and ranging (LIDAR) to simultaneously measure wind speed and direction in the approaching freestream inflow ahead of the turbine and uses these real-time measurements of actual wind conditions to anticipate wind changes and optimize wind turbine performance.

"This agreement underscores the importance of increasing the electrical output of wind energy resources." said Jo Major, Interim President and CEO of Catch the Wind, Inc. "It is exciting and rewarding to work with a visionary wind farm owner like Saturn Power. They recognize the value of using a look-ahead system to control their wind turbines, choosing to install our systems in parallel with the installation of their new turbines for the entire wind farm. We would also like to thank the wind turbine manufacturer for coordination in this project and for agreeing to the installation of our system on these new turbines without modification of the warranty agreement. We look forward to opportunities to work closely with Saturn Power and helping them boost their power production."

Catch the Wind serves the commercial market sector for optical-based wind sensor systems and says it is recognized as the "gold standard" in wind measurement.

SOURCE: Catch the Wind; www.catchthewindinc.com

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Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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