Jul 23, 2018

Deutsche WindGuard discovers gaps in anemometer classification


 In a recently published white paper, consultant Deutsche WindGuard discloses the need for amending and specifying the basics for anemometer classification defined in IEC 61400-12-1.

To date it is custom to classify anemometers under the atmospheric ambient conditions of the lab. This does not take into account the operating conditions, especially with regards to air pressure and temperature. Experiments by Deutsche WindGuard now show that ambient conditions have a much higher influence on the behavior of sensors than previously assumed.

“As we have extensive experience with the classification of anemometers, we have been aware for some time that the assumptions of the IEC with regards to temperature and air pressure influence were simplified. However, there was no possibility to provide experimental evidence as there was no wind tunnel to recreate these conditions,” SAID Dieter Westermann, managing director of Deutsche WindGuard Wind Tunnel Services GmbH. “Therefore we built a special pressurized wind tunnel for anemometer classification. In this wind tunnel, we can simulate temperatures ranging from -20° to 40°C and air pressure from 600 hPa to 1,100 hPa. This enables us to reproduce ambient conditions of wind energy sites from the Sahara Desert to mountains in the Andes in our lab here in Varel.”

For more information, go to www.windguard.com