Use of Diode Injected Alexandrite Ring Laser for Wind Sensor Coupled with Holographic Receiver

Utah State University researchers have developed a portfolio of technologies called LIDAR Wind to aid in the optimal placement of wind power farms and is seeking a licensing partner.

  • Wind farm prospecting
  • Aircraft/satellite applications
  • Measuring fluid flow

  • Simple yet accurate method to measure wind velocity, direction, drift, and flow
  • Enables the optimal placement of wind farms
  • Multiple methods for wind measurement ensure the best fit for any given situation
  • Accurately measure fluid velocity, direction, drift, and flow

Awareness of the need for renewable energy resources, including wind energy, is increasing dramatically. Over the past ten years the US has increased its wind energy production by 600%. The amount of production continues to increase at a drastic rate, with the wind energy industry growing 30% annually according to the US Department of Energy's EERE. LIDAR Wind technologies enables highly accurate wind measurements and accurate placement of wind farms, increasing power output for a cleaner environment and smaller energy bill. This is all done in a cost-effective manner which reduces the planning cost of the project. LIDAR Wind uses LIDAR (Light radar) to shoot a beam to an object in the sky and then collect the backscattered information. The shoot, bounce back, and data collection system is more accurate than previous methods of wind data collection. Additionally, there are multiple methods of detection and projection, providing the user a variety of techniques.

Patents/Publications:

US 5,872,621

Patent Information:
Category(s):
Mechanical & Aerospace
For Information, Contact:
Christian Iverson
Utah State University
435-797-9620
christian.iverson@usu.edu
Inventors:
Thomas Wilkerson Jack McKay
Keywords:
Wind