Leosphere, a Vaisala company, launches Windcube Insights, empowering Windcube Nacelle customers with accurate data and analytics

Windcube Insights
Mar 5, 2020
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March 5, 2020

Leosphere, a Vaisala company, launches Windcube Insights, empowering Windcube Nacelle customers with accurate data and analytics

Windcube Insights is the first out-of-the-box software solution to leverage lidar and turbine data for cost-efficient power performance testing.

Leosphere, a Vaisala company that specializes in developing, manufacturing, and servicing turnkey wind lidar (light detection and ranging) instruments for wind energy, aviation, meteorology, and air quality, today announced the launch of Windcube Insights at Wind Operations Europe 2020 in Munich. Windcube Insights is a proprietary data analytics software designed specifically for the Windcube Nacelle (previously called Wind Iris) nacelle-mounted lidar that simplifies the wind turbine power performance testing process.

“This new tool empowers operators with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)-compliant data to verify that turbines are performing as promised so they can maximize the energy output of their wind farm,” said Alexandre Sauvage, CEO of Leosphere. “The easy-to-use software allows operators to perform power performance testing and suggest operational optimization — quickly, accurately and efficiently.”

Windcube Insights enables true and fully transparent data analysis and reporting for Windcube Nacelle customers — all within a web-based user interface. The software is the first in the industry to enable the upload of both Windcube Nacelle lidar and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) turbine performance data with a simplified data synchronization process.

The method of operation:

  • A variety of standardized lidar and turbine data filters are available and fully configurable by the user, simplifying preparation of the data sets.
  • The software leverages those data sets to calculate and display the power curve, and the complete set of IEC requirements can be applied with embedded guidelines that reference the proper IEC standard sections, making the service fully transparent and understandable.
  • The production data, along with standardized uncertainties, are calculated and can be exported in the form of a traditional report table.

The handling of IEC standard requirements for issuing a power performance test (PPT) is complex, requires deep expertise, and represents a potential source of error. However, such testing is necessary for regulatory compliance, warranty verification and turbine performance verification during both the development and operations phases. Determining the power curve of a wind turbine in accordance with recognized standards is valuable because the power curve is one of the most important characteristics of the economic value of a wind project.

The Windcube Nacelle lidar measures the wind conditions at hub height ahead of the turbine, enabling operators and wind turbine original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to efficiently and accurately assess performance and optimize design and production efficiency. When fully integrated within the wind turbine, Windcube Nacelle enables load reduction, design costs reduction, and continuous production gains.

Seeing the global energy demand accelerate at its fastest pace in more than a decade, wind energy and other clean energies are increasingly becoming further engrained into the world’s equation for energy demand. Since 2010, the size of the global wind power market has increased by 35%, and the global market is expected to approach USD 125 billion by 2030.

“Without Windcube Insights, lidar users would have to build their own software programs to analyze the data being collected by the nacelle lidar and the wind turbine,” said Sauvage. “We’ve simplified the process of applying filters, calculating the uncertainties described in recognized IEC standards and displaying data, ultimately creating a simple way to support the utilization of nacelle-mounted lidar following IEC standards and industry best practices. Windcube Insights is just another example of Leosphere’s commitment to innovation and to making our customers’ lives better by introducing tools to help them maximize efficiency and productivity.”

Vaisala, a global leader in weather, environmental, and industrial measurements, acquired Leosphere in 2018. For more information on how Leosphere provides the most comprehensive lidar-based wind measurement systems to markets around the globe, please visit us on March 5-6 in Munich at Wind Operations Europe 2020 (booth #12).

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Amy Leger, Director of Client Services, MAPRagency
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About Vaisala
Vaisala is a global leader in weather, environmental, and industrial measurement. Building on over 80 years of experience, Vaisala provides observations for a better world. We are a reliable partner for customers around the world, offering a comprehensive range of innovative observation and measurement products and services. Headquartered in Finland, Vaisala employs approximately 1,850 professionals worldwide and is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.
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About Leosphere
Founded in 2004, Leosphere is the world leader in ground-based and nacelle-mounted lidar (light detection and ranging) for atmospheric observation. The company designs, develops, manufactures, sells, and services remote-sensing instruments for precise accurate wind measurement and aerosol characterization. Leosphere has been a fully owned Vaisala company since October 2018.

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