Do you work in a remote environment? Monitoring the weather in harsh or hazardous conditions can be a challenge, especially on remote sites where there is limited power available. Wind monitoring is very demanding in terms of data processing requirements.
To choose the best system for remote weather monitoring, you should consider a number of factors:
The wind can change completely, without warning, and in a matter of seconds. Therefore, data is only reliable if it is logged fast enough to capture quick variations in the wind. Recognising this, the International Electrotechnical Commission developed the IEC 61400 standard, which applies to all monitoring systems in wind turbine applications. To be compliant, a remote weather monitoring system must have a sampling rate of at least 0.5 Hz, which is equivalent to one measurement every two seconds.
Although the IEC 61400 standard was developed for wind power applications, it provides a reliable industry benchmark for all wind monitoring equipment. For example, considering that wind gusts are among the most dangerous winds and only last for a few seconds; a slow data logger cannot measure them reliably.
Another important standard to consider is the IEC 60509, which establishes the sealing levels for electrical equipment against solids and liquids. The sealing level is indicated by the letters “IP”, which stand for International Protection, plus a two-digit number.
For example, an IP67 enclosure provides increased protection against solids and liquids, compared with an IP54 enclosure.
In remote weather monitoring applications, a common mistake is believing that a generic data logger is enough. After all, the measurements gathered for wind and other weather variables become data at the end of the day. However, weather monitoring has special requirements that often exceed the design parameters of generic data loggers.
To measure the wind, you need data precision and depending on site conditions you may also require physical toughness and a long-term energy supply. Generic equipment may be too slow in terms of data monitoring and lack the physical toughness to withstand harsh weather conditions. If there is no electric power supply, remote weather monitoring systems must have a long-life battery as a bare minimum. Preferably it should have some means to generate its own electricity, such as a solar panel or a small-scale wind turbine.
With a proven track record of more than 10 years, the performance features of WINDCRANE have been field-tested in heavy-duty industrial applications. WINDCRANE’S features have been carefully designed to enable it to perform under even the harshest weather conditions:
When choosing the best application for remote weather monitoring, it’s crucial to look for equipment that can withstand harsh and varied conditions. WINDCRANE has the durability and reliability you need to perform in the worst conditions. Coupled with it’s dedicated wind monitoring and data precision, WINDCRANE has the advanced technology to perform under all conditions.