World’s first floating microwave radiometer complements measurements of the first floating LiDARFebruary 1, 2017
AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) is pleased to announce that design work with Boulder Environmental Sciences & Technology (BEST) is underway to deploy the world’s first buoy based microwave profiling radiometer on a floating platform, the FLiDAR WindSentinel.
Funded by the United States Department of Energy, the BEST Marine Profiling Radiometer (MPR) is the world’s first microwave profiling radiometer specifically designed for deployment on a buoy. Once completed, the system will enable users to measure vertical profiles of temperature and humidity within the atmospheric boundary layer and up to 10km above the floating platform, in addition to wind profiles up to 200m provided by the LiDAR. A microwave radiometer provides the most economical (with respect to cost, power requirements, instrument size) measurements of temperature and humidity profiles.
These measurements will improve weather forecasting and lead to better site evaluation and energy production while optimizing the proficiency of existing wind farms. There are no consistent systems that provide such measurements on a regular basis and so the newly observed data will lead to an improved understanding of the interaction and physics of the ocean and atmosphere. The FLiDAR WindSentinel and MPR will improve accuracy, reduce costs and allow for atmospheric observations at optimal locations.
“This is a significant first step towards the commercialization of the MPR,” says Marian Klein, CEO of BEST. “Once we have completed this work we will be ready to deploy the prototype and commence system testing.”
“We are always looking for new applications and value we can bring to our client base,” says Terry Tarle, AXYS President & CEO. “Accurate temperature and humidity measurements will give clients in sectors such as offshore wind an important new data set to help them reduce the cost of offshore energy development. We look forward to working with BEST on this important initiative.”
BEST is focused on moving the current status of radiometer technology forward using novel design approaches. BEST radiometers are user friendly and affordable. The improvements are focused on removing obstacles to wider use and acceptance of the technology. BEST radiometer technology is more economical, smaller, low weight, uses minimal power, and it is designed to operate without thermal stabilization. All of these features result in instruments with lower acquisition and operational costs and with improved environmental observation capabilities. BEST instruments make weather observations more economical, more informative and enable previously unattainable observations (e.g., from a buoy or an unmanned aircraft or a nanosatellite).
More detailed information about BEST and MPR capabilities is available at: www.boulderest.com
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AXYS Technologies (AXYS) is an ISO 9001 registered Canadian company with over 40 years of experience in the design, manufacture and installation of remote environmental monitoring systems worldwide. We apply our knowledge and experience to marine, freshwater, and offshore wind resource assessment systems that measure aquatic, oceanic, and atmospheric parameters specific to clients’ needs. AXYS has built and commissioned more than 500 meteorological and oceanographic systems of various types around the world, in over 50 countries. For further information contact AXYS at: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.axystechnologies.com
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