- Company highlights the first deployment of the WindSentinel™ on the
Great Lakes -
CHANTILLY, VA, Jan. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Catch the Wind Ltd. (TSXV: CTW),
providers of laser-based wind sensor products and technology, today
reported that the first ever deployment of the Vindicator® Laser Wind Sensor (LWS) in the AXYS Technologies Inc.'s WindSentinel™
offshore buoy was an unprecedented success, providing wind profile
information from the Great Lakes to wind resource researchers and
analysts at Grand Valley State University, University of Michigan and
Michigan State University.
After 45 days of testing on Lake Michigan, Dr. Guy Meadows, Director of
the Ocean Engineering Laboratory, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic
and Space Sciences, University of Michigan, reported that this was the
first time they had actual data of the detailed vertical structure of
the marine boundary layer over any of the Great Lakes and that this
buoy had provided a truly unique data set, which will be very useful in
forecasting wind and wave circulation across the lakes, as well as
aiding in Search and Rescue (SAR) efforts. "Especially valuable," he
said, "was the turbulence data during the approach of severe storms and
fronts." Dr. Meadows also stated that there was "amazing correlation
between the buoy data and the National Weather Service and
Environmental Research Laboratory, NOAA models."
Arnold Boezaart, Director of Grand Valley State University's Michigan
Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, reported that the two-month
sea trial went very well and yielded highly valuable real time
information. "Weather wise, November and December are two of the most
challenging months on the Great Lakes, so it was a good field test of
the research buoy's capability," he said. "We now have two months of
one-second wind measurement data up to 150 meters using a floating
research platform and state-of-the-art laser technology. This has never
been done before on the Great Lakes or elsewhere in North America."
Additional testing and data correlation will continue through the
winter with additional deployments scheduled in the spring.
"We are extremely pleased that GVSU's initial deployment has been an
effective demonstration of the capabilities of the WindSentinel," said
Graham Howe, International Business Development Renewables, AXYS
Technologies, Inc. "The deployment period saw 23.6 m/s winds and 8
meter waves yet the WindSentinel continued to transmit the full range
of data proving that the WindSentinel can offer accurate, cost
effective offshore wind resource assessment data in near real time from
the most challenging environments."
"Showing robustness in this extreme environment, specifically on a
moving buoy far removed from land, is a great demonstration of our
product," said Dr. Jo Major, Jr., Chairman and Interim President and
Chief Executive Officer of Catch the Wind. "Beyond being tough, the
tool demonstrated phenomenal capacity to supply remote wind measurement
capability and excellent correlation with multiple standard wind
measurements. This successful test under extreme environmental
conditions highlights the advancements that our team has achieved with
our product technology."
"The reliability and accuracy now achievable in remote offshore
wind-sensing is a game-changer that will provide the wind industry with
the ability to collect data that will make investments in onshore and
offshore wind power more profitable with lower financial risk," Dr.
Major added. "We look forward to substantial commercial growth in this
business sector in partnership with AXYS Technologies."
About Catch the Wind Ltd.
Catch the Wind Ltd. is a high-growth technology company headquartered in
Chantilly, Virginia. The company was founded in 2008 to develop and
manufacture the Vindicator® laser wind sensor.
Catch the Wind serves the commercial market sector for laser based wind
sensor systems, recognized as the "gold standard" in wind measurement.
The company is focused on becoming a major contributor in making clean,
renewable wind energy more affordable and profitable. For more
information, visit www.catchthewindinc.com.
About AXYS Technologies, Inc.
AXYS Technologies Inc. is a Canadian company with over 30 years of
experience in the design, manufacture and installation of remote
environmental monitoring systems worldwide. AXYS applies its extensive
knowledge and experience to marine, freshwater, land-based monitoring
stations, and offshore wind resource assessment systems that measure
aquatic, oceanic and atmospheric parameters. For more information,
About Grand Valley State University
The Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) is an
economic development initiative of the City of Muskegon, the Michigan
Economic Development Corporation and Grand Valley State University. The
facility opened in 2003 in response to the growing need for the
advancement and development of alternative and renewable energy
technology. Learn more about the GVSU Lake Michigan offshore wind
assessment project by visiting the MAREC web site www.gvsu.edu/marec.
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