Second Wind Develops Reserve Energy Source For Remote Wind Sensors

Wind measurement technology company Second Wind has developed a backup energy source that powers its Triton Sonic Wind Profilers when there is not enough sunlight to drive the built-in solar panels.

Developed with alternative energy solutions partner Sirius Integrator, the backup system is based on a variation of fuel cells powered by methanol.

Combined with Triton's low power requirements and its primary energy system – onboard batteries recharged by the solar panels – the backup system enables units deployed in remote locations to operate for 60 days or longer with little or no solar charging, the company says.

The backup system automatically cuts in during extended low-sunlight periods, then shuts off when the solar kicks back in, enabling Triton to continue collecting wind data without interruption, according to the company.Â

SOURCE: Second Wind

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