Somerville, Mass.-based Second Wind Inc., a software and electronics provider for the wind energy industry, has received a $500,000 working capital loan from the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust.
Awarded through the trust's business expansion initiative (BEI), the loan will support the development and production of the Triton Sonic wind profiler, a new tool for sodar-based wind assessment. BEI supports Massachusetts-based renewable energy companies entering or expanding within the manufacturing stage of commercial development.
‘This loan is consistent with Gov. [Deval] Patrick's vision of making Massachusetts a nucleus for the clean energy industry,’ says Walter Sass, Second Wind's president. ‘We are using the capital to help make that vision a reality by bringing to market a locally manufactured product that promises to help support the development of commercial wind projects.’
The Triton profiler was designed to address common challenges that previously limited the use of sodar for wind resource assessment. While conventional meteorological met masts capture wind data up to 60 meters, the Triton captures accurate readings up to 200 meters, in any weather or location, without being attended, according to the company.