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How many technicians does it take to install an anemometer?
When the wind industry finally reacted to the world’s financial crisis—it didn’t fully hit us until 2010—at once, we lost both an incredibly vibrant global wind market and sufficiently robust profit margins. The market recovery is rebounding nicely now, but profit margins will probably never fully recover. This will have an enormous and continuing impact on R&D.
We're excited to share the latest version of both software and firmware for our newest data logger, SymphoniePRO. This release introduces exciting functionality including compatibility with our SCADA communications module, performance improvements, and more.
With assistance from RNRG team member Dale Lamell, Ventus Ingenieria recently installed a Wind Iris nacelle-mounted Lidar at the 20MW Caracoles wind farm in Uruguay.
In recent years, floating Lidar buoys that profile vertically have gained significant traction as low-cost and quick-to-deploy alternatives to conventional offshore met towers.
The draft IEC 61400-12-1 standard, expected to be released in early 2017, has taken what was previously an optional sensor rise recommendation and made it the new minimum for compliance.
A recent update to Windographer (version 4.0.12 and later) improved the integration with our newest data logger, SymphoniePRO.
Improving existing products is like walking a tightrope. On one side, we need to continually add value to the products we create to make them more attractive to some customers. On the other side, we must ensure that the changes we make will not create issues for existing customers. This creates a constant tension between innovating to improve performance and maintaining product continuity.
Why would a wind developer in India care if we are sending our data loggers to Japan?
I am excited to say that RNRG was recently invited to speak on a panel at the AWEA Wind Project Siting & Environmental Compliance Conference. The panel focused on how technology can be used to minimize the wildlife impacts of wind energy and explored what it takes to develop game-changing technologies and get them to market.