MANASSAS, VA, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Catch the Wind Ltd. (TSX-V: CTW.S) today
announced that the company's Vindicator(TM) Laser Wind Sensor (LWS) has begun
Phase Two of the Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) program at the
Wind Energy Institute of Canada (WEICan). Testing and completion of this phase
is scheduled for January 2009.
In July 2008, the Vindicator(TM) LWS was accepted into the WEICan RD&D
program. Phase One consists of system delivery and evaluation at WEICan to
determine that the system is operating properly. Phase Two includes the
correlation of Vindicator(TM) LWS wind data with various standard wind
industry wind speed and direction sensors and culminates with its integration
into a Windmatic 65kW wind turbine directional control system.
Catch the Wind successfully completed Phase One of the RD&D program in
August 2008, when the first Vindicator(TM) LWS was delivered to WEICan at
their North Cape, Prince Edward Island site.
"This is the first ever mounting of a forward-looking Lidar wind sensor
on an operating wind turbine, reporting both wind speed and direction," said
Philip L. Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are looking
forward to the integration of the Vindicator(TM) laser wind sensor to the
Windmatic control system in an effort to finally demonstrate the benefits of
Lidar for turbine control. Demonstrating the successful integration of Lidar
will facilitate a huge leap forward in turbine efficiency and reduction of
mechanical loads through timely and accurate sensing of approaching winds."
On August 28, 2008 the Vindicator(TM) LWS was installed on a Windmatic
65kW turbine, operated by WEICan, and is undergoing data correlation testing.
"We are excited to be working with Catch the Wind," said Scott Harper, CEO of
WEICan. "This is a unique opportunity to evaluate a new technology that has
the promise of changing how the wind turbine industry senses wind."
WEICan plans to provide a preliminary report on testing results in
About Catch the Wind Ltd.
Catch the Wind Ltd. (CTW) is a high technology company headquartered in
Manassas, Virginia. The company was founded in 2008 to develop and manufacture
laser based wind sensor systems with a primary focus on developing technology
to serve the wind power generation industry. CTW 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 element in the
move to provide clean renewable energy. For more information visit
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