|[May 27, 2014]
Mitsubishi Electric's Compact Wind Lidar Approved by Dutch Energy Body
TOKYO --(Business Wire)--
Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today that the Energy
research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) has conducted tests to validate
and subsequently approve Mitsubishi (News - Alert) Electric's compact wind lidar as
complying with European wind measurement standards. The lidar
(portmanteau of "light" and "radar") is a remote sensing apparatus that
projects a laser beam and then evaluates the reflected light to measure
Meteorological masts, which are used conventionally to assess local wind
prior to constructing a wind farm, only measure wind at fixed points.
Also, the growing size of commercial turbines is requiring increasingly
taller masts, which is contributing to higher construction costs for
Mitsubishi Electric's (News - Alert) lidar, which uses a laser beam safe for human
eyes, can measure wind remotely at multiple altitudes for accurate
assessment and prediction of wind-turbine power generation. It also
eliminates the need for costly meteorological masts.
Features of Compact Wind Lidar
1) Improved environmental tolerance for diverse
Increased tolerance to extreme environmental conditions, including
water resistance to IP67 nd temperatures down to -20 degrees Celsius.
Motion compensation for offshore use to support floating wind turbines.
2) Reduced power consumption and small profile for
User friendly weight of under 60 kg and power consumption of less than
3) Third-party validation of performance by ECN
Data error less than 1% in comparison to standard IEC (News - Alert) cup anemometer.
Complies with lidar specifications for NORSEWInD, a large European
project on offshore wind atlas.
Data availability during operation is above 95% (accepted by ECN as
Mitsubishi Electric will enter the global lidar market by launching
commercial sales of its compact wind lidar this June. As the
International Energy Agency advances towards international standards for
lidars, Mitsubishi Electric looks forward to supplying advanced,
reliable lidars worldwide for the further growth and development of wind
power as a sustainable energy resource.
The Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), the largest
institute of its kind in the Netherlands, is actively engaged in global
projects with private industry, government and research institutes. ECN
has branches in Petten, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Brussels and Beijing. In
addition to its world-leading research into wind energy, ECN also
conducts sensor-performance validation services. The mission of ECN is
to develop expertise and technology for sustainable energy management
with and by the private sector.
About Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
With over 90 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality
products, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) is a recognized
world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and
electronic equipment used in information processing and communications,
space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics,
industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment.
Embracing the spirit of its corporate statement, Changes for the Better,
and its environmental statement, Eco Changes, Mitsubishi Electric
endeavors to be a global, leading green company, enriching society with
technology. The company recorded consolidated group sales of 4,054.3
billion yen (US$ 39.3 billion*) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.
For more information visit http://www.MitsubishiElectric.com
*At an exchange rate of 103 yen to the US dollar, the rate given by the
Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market on March 31, 2014
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