How to test wind equipment prior field deployment?

Testing & calibrating each sensor individually will help you to pinpoint potential calibration issues and will facilitate the integration.

Always test your complete Wind-Alarm system in a controlled environment prior to proceeding to field installation.

Unsure you prepared all the tools and necessary spares to perform the installation in good conditions.

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Completing a wind equipment test prior installation

The following items should be fully tested prior installation:

  1. Data Logger

  • Power up your data logger and check the various system voltages.
  • Connect all sensors to the data logger terminals with the shielded cabling to be used and test the connectivity to the logger. Verify that all sensor inputs are operational. Transfer the recorded data from the storage device to your computer using the software.
  1. Anemometers and other sensors

Inspect each sensor to ensure that they are functioning properly. Verify the value of each sensor output as displayed by the data logger. For anemometers, verify both a zero and non-zero value by holding and then spinning the cups or propeller. For the wind vanes, verify the values at the four cardinal points: north, south, east, and west. For Temperature Sensors, perform a two-point calibration check at room temperature and in an ice-bath. Once stabilized, compare the sensor temperature readings to a known calibrated thermometer. Deviations between sensors should not exceed 1 Celsius degree.

  1. Solar Panel Power Supply

Place the Solar panel in direct sunlight and confirm the output voltage.

  1. Mounting Hardware

Inspect the mast and the mounting booms to ensure they are rugged and durable.

 

Preparing the wind equipment for installation

It is highly recommended to keep records of the equipment to be installed. Typical records include:

  • Assigning site designation numbers
  • Keeping a record of the sensor information on a Site Information Log
  • Programming the data logger with the site and sensor information
  • Setting up the correct date and time into the data logger
  • Installing the data logger’s data storage device
  • Packaging all equipment & tooling for safe transport to the field
  • Including equipment spares when practical
  • Print all sensor specification documents, product support information and check the calibration requirements
  • Recording sensor types, spares, quantities, parameters, sampling intervals and heights
  • Checking your data logger processing capabilities
  • Taking into consideration the soil type for proper anchor selection