Vaisala redefines wind measurement with enhanced WindCube Scan suite

Source: press release, 10 October 2022

Vaisala’s enhanced WindCube Scan suite delivers the next generation of lidar technology
Vaisala’s enhanced WindCube Scan suite delivers the next generation of lidar technology (photo: Vaisala)

Vaisala, a global provider of weather, environmental, and industrial measurements, has announced its latest innovations in WindCube® Scan, a scanning lidar solution that provides unprecedented measurement range and reliability, along with the most accurate and timely intelligence for meteorology, aviation and wind energy industries.

New features of Vaisala’s WindCube Scan include a more robust exterior, new scanning head, and enhanced laser design to allow for an operationally consistent range of up to 10 kilometres and more – the farthest measurement industrywide. The innovations to the gold-standard scanning lidar solution deliver numerous benefits including, enhanced atmospheric measurements used in meteorological forecasting, windshear assessment to mitigate wind hazards for airports, and simplicity, flexibility, and data accuracy at any stage of a wind energy project.

“Vaisala’s WindCube Scan suite supports continuous wind measurements that our customers can count on to keep accuracy, safety and efficiency a priority,” says Heikki Joensuu, Director of Remote Sensing at Vaisala. “The versatile device captures real-time data in any location to help decision-makers manage critical weather changes that impact everything from people’s travel plans to reliable energy resources.”

The WindCube Scan suite advances the industry standard by providing the following benefits:

  • Enhanced laser design: Provides highly accurate measurement up to a maximum distance of 18.9 kilometres, delivering timely, reliable intelligence to enable decision-making.
  • Resistant to harsh weather conditions: New, robust casing and heated scanner lens features allow the lidar to work in all weather conditions, including humidity, dust, ice, heavy rain, and snow.
  • Reliable in extreme temperatures: From -40° to 55° Celsius, the temperature range – at nearly a 100° swing – is the widest range in the industry.
  • Non-stop performance: Redesigned scan head ensures 24/7 reliable operations and improves long term cost effectiveness.
  • Reduced disruption and hands-off maintenance: Best-in-class components provide continuous and timely measurements, plus an industry-leading warranty and servicing package for sustained performance and accurate, reliable measurements.
  • Remote area deployability: Through 4G connectivity, users can now leverage WindCube Scan in more environments than ever before – even without an Ethernet cable.
  • Exclusive lidar scans: New scanning head delivers volume scans to cover 3D volumes and segment scans along an inclined plane, such as a flight glide path in aviation.