Massachusetts, US: Continental Wind Partners (CWP) has adopted Second Wind’s Triton Sonic Wind Profiler as part of its standard wind resource assessment practice. With a fleet of eight Tritons, CWP is using advanced remote sensing (RS) technology to expedite wind farm development, reduce project uncertainty and streamline project financing at sites in five Eastern European countries.
In addition to its development activities in Eastern Europe, CWP is an investment partner in several projects in Australia, partnering with Wind Prospect (WPCWP) to deploy additional Tritons for Australian development activities.
Triton is an advanced remote sensing system that uses SODAR (sound detection and ranging) technology to measure wind at higher heights than the previous tower-based standard. By measuring wind speeds at the turbine rotor’s hub height and beyond (up to 200 meters), Triton reduces uncertainty in annual energy production (AEP) forecasts. Triton’s ease of deployment also streamlines the wind farm development process.
“Although met tower data remains a key part of wind project financing, remote sensing is becoming more and more necessary to reduce uncertainty by measuring hub height wind conditions,” said Konrad Gorzkowski, Wind & Site Engineer at CWP.
CWP uses Tritons to support many aspects of its project development activities, and has accumulated nearly 100,000 hours of Triton data in Central and Eastern Europe. At the earliest phase of the development cycle, Tritons are deployed for wind prospecting – taking an initial measurement of a site’s resources to determine whether the site qualifies for a lengthier study with meteorological towers. On sites with existing met towers, CWP has deployed Triton at several locations around the site to better map the available wind resources, an approach known as micro-siting.
Triton is expected to give CWP an advantage in securing project financing.