Barlovento has installed two sodar systems AQ500 manufactured by AQSystem in Chile and South Africa. They are the first units of this model set up in South America and Africa. Barlovento manages the whole measurement campaigns: equipments installation, maintenance, communications, data collection and management and campaign reports.
Barlovento has been carrying out sodar and lidar measurement campaigns for more than ten years, but it is the first time we do it outside Europe.
Remote measurement systems, such as sodar, are systems which measures wind speed and direction from the ground, so there is no need to install met masts. The advantages of the use of remotes measures are: - Higher range (measurement height): several levels and successive heights, up to 150 or 200 meters. - Easy to install and transport to new positions.
The sites where the systems have been installed are very complex, so it was highly advised against the use of a high met mast which measures at the same height as the one reached with this system.
Gradually, these systems are gaining ground in the wind industry and they are being used both in the prospecting measurement of wind resource and in the measurements performed in wind farms.
The main purpose of these measurements is to establish the variation of wind depending on height and therefore, being able to chose the most suitable height for the wind turbines to be used in the projects and reduce the uncertainties in the calculation of production in wind farms.
Barlovento carries out meteorological campaigns for wind and solar projects in more than 40 countries, mainly in Europe, Latin America and Africa. We have established branches in Peru, Chile, Mexico, Bolivia and Brazil in Latin America.