SoDAR transport with challenge

2.11.2020

The EWS measurement team on the road in the high mountains

The challenges in the alpine terrain for the installation of wind measurement technology are special: A steep and rough terrain makes it difficult to get there by car and trailer. Some places are not accessible by car. Early and often meters high comes the first snow, which must be taken into account when choosing a location.

This requires practical solutions that can withstand even extreme location conditions:

  • such as e.g. special equipment with telescopic supports on the trailer to compensate for terrain unevenness and to prevent the SoDAR device from being snowed in or disappearing due to drifting under the snow cover.
  • The power supply for our RSD measuring devices is insulated for temperature extremes from -40°C to +60°C and is thus protected from snow, ice and also from high sunlight.
  • Heating units guarantee the recording of measurement data even under extreme conditions.
  • In addition, some power supplies have lifting eyes for helicopter transport, so the RSD device can also be brought to locations which are difficult to access.

"Of course, we are always looking for the cheapest and most practical solution for our customers to generate optimal wind measurement data. However, some sites are only partially accessible in the early phase of the project, as the infrastructure and especially the network of paths are only built in the course of the wind farm construction. In rare cases, helicopter transport is necessary, which is of course a special experience for us measuring technicians," says Matthias Damberger, team leader wind measurement technology.

Learn more about the EWS service portfolio on "Measuring & Evaluation" and about our RSD verification mast in Stetteldorf am Wagram (NÖ)

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