Wind Measurements and Power
The wind is a curious creature, blowing this way and that. Mathematicians would say that wind is a classic example of chaos. If asked about the wind, a surfer would simply shrug and say that waves are crazy, too. This powerful, but also quirky creature, the breeze that makes a child smile - this is what we must capture.
Our world needs us, the wind turbine industry, to produce power, cleanly, efficiently and at low cost. Here at BlueScout, our contribution to the wind industry is to use our understanding of optics to provide a fundamentally deeper understanding of the wind resource - to produce substantial, repeatable increases in the output power of wind
A BlueScout Optical Control System (OCS), beta-version, is tested upon an operating utility scale wind turbine. The turbine was operated in four regimes; legacy yaw control (sonic anemometer) and three OCS control regimes. The behavior of the sonic
anemometer, measuring both speed and wind angle, is studied. The uptime of the OCS is studied. Power curves in the four regimes are compared.