Biral Launches New Wind Energy Brochure

Leading meteorological specialists, Biral, has introduced a new six-page brochure covering the meteorological sensors benefiting the wind energy market.

The new six-page Wind Energy brochure displays Biral’s best-selling forward scatter meters for the market, including the VPF and SWS Visibility and Present Weather Sensors and the BTD range of thunderstorm detectors, including the brand new BTD-350. The brochure shows how all of these can be used to aid safety whilst complying with the stringent needs of ICAO.

Biral recognises the importance of maintaining a safe and efficient operating environment. With unpredictable weather conditions it can often be difficult to plan and address issues which can lead to lengthy delays and cancellations. With the latest technology from Biral, accurate weather information is reported to give a clear indication of the current conditions and keep disruptions to a minimum.

The brochure highlights obstruction light control using visibility measurements. All wind turbine parks are equipped with aviation obstruction (warning) lights mounted onto turbine nacelles. The visibility sensors work equally well during the day and at night, keeping the warning lights dimmed during a clear night greatly reducing light pollution for the local inhabitants.

Biral’s VPF and SWS Visibility and Present Weather sensors are designed to offer outstanding reliability and accuracy, with corrosion-resistant finishes to ensure the products are able to withstand the constant, challenging weather conditions. Coming in a compact package, the sensors can report visibilities from 10m to 75km, reporting back real-time results for an efficient process. Once installed the forward scatter meters require very little maintenance.

Biral’s BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detector is a standalone sensor that reliably detects the presence of all forms of lightning to a range of 83 km. The unique quasi electrostatic operating principle gives the detector a very low false alarm rate and the ability to warn of the risk of overhead lightning. Virtually maintenance-free in operation, the BTD-300 can either interface directly to an integrated system or be operated using the supplied PC compatible display and logging software. The optional warning relay module allows the sensor to automatically sound alarms when a storm approaches.

A new addition to the BTD range, the BTD-350, has been specially developed for use in both on-shore and off-shore marine applications. The BTD-350 features a vibration resistant design with extensive use of both stainless steel and marine grade paint technology to ensure a long life in this tough working environment. Mounted on a marine sub-station, one BTD-350 can offer advance warnings of an approaching electrical storm to even the largest offshore wind farm. Mounted onto a service or support vessel, it becomes a mobile warning system which can be used at any wind farm.

Biral’s forward scatter meters have proved to be suitable and reliable when faced with a range of conditions given their ability to efficiently detect the small particles of each condition. Studies have proved Biral’s VPF and SWS sensors to be equally as successful as a traditional transmissometer in all applications, whilst offering significantly reduced system and installation costs.


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