Inspeed wind sensor, hand held wind meter, anemometer, windsensor, windmeter, and weather instruments for stormchasers and weather enthusiasts

anemometer, wind sensor, wind meter, stormchaser weather instruments WIND ENERGY DATA LOGGING SELECTION GUIDE

This page provides a brief overview of Inspeed products you can use to assess the wind energy potential for your site.


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Manual Wind Speed Logging

With the Vortex Pole Mount Anemometer, you can mount the wind sensor on a pole, attach the display to the same pole (in a weather-proof enclosure) reset the display and let it run. Return periodically to collect and reset the maximum and average wind speeds since the last time you were there. (See note about average wind speed using this method).
This requires a weather-proof enclosure for the display (not included with the Pole Mount Anemometer).


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PC Data Logging - Wind Speed Only ["WINDWARE"]

If power is available and using a PC is acceptable (such as home-based data logging), there are a couple of PC-based data logging solutions from Inspeed: the Windware PC Logging Kit, and the Weatherdisplay system, which also allows internet access.



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PC or MAC Data Logging - Wind Speed & Direction ["WINDWORKS"]

If power is available and a computer can be left on for continuous data logging, this system allows you to collect both wind speed and direction from either a PC or MAC.

Windworks is available in 2 versions:
For ONE wind speed sensor and one direction sensor: click here
Or for UP TO FIVE wind speed sensors and one direction sensor: click here



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Field Data Logging
- Battery Powered

For those cases when AC power is not available, a battery- or photovoltaic cell-powered solution is required.
There are many ways to do this - ranging from battery-powered data loggers to remote controlled cell-phone based wind monitoring systems. Inspeed offers the Field Logging Kit for this.

If this does not meet your needs, hold on to your wallet and try http://www.nrgsystems.com/ or http://www.onsetcomp.com.




Field Data Logging - Battery Powered

For those cases when AC power is not available, a battery- or photovoltaic cell-powered solution is required.
This particular solution saves wind speed and/or direction data, plus temperature, directly to an SD card for transfer to a PC.

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Internet Logging
For those instances where the internet may be available at a remote site, Inspeed offers a the PC-based Weatherdisplay system.

NOTE: WindWorks now also includes the ability to log data to the internet (January 2010).

Other more [a lot more!] expensive solutions can be found at http://www.nrgsystems.com (NRG Systems) or at http://www.onsetcomp.com (Onset Computer).


If you prefer a CHART FORMAT to compare the features and prices of various data logging products, click here!  


Here are some factoids about wind power and how it can be used to generate electricity.

Wind-based potential energy typically comes from volumes of air moving across turbine blades which are attached to a magnet and coil, or generator. Moving the magnet/coil system creates electrical power, like an electric motor "in reverse".
If you apply electrical power to a motor it consumes power to provide rotational drive. conversely, if you drive a motor with wind it gives back electrical energy which can be used to power electrical devices.

The amount of power generated by a wind turbine is measured in Watts (W), or kiloWatts (kW). A kiloWatt is 1,000 Watts (from the Greek word kilo, which means 1,000). To put things into perspective, think of light bulbs: it would take a one kiloWatt generator to power ten 100W light bulbs.

Bigger turbines provide significantly greater power: doubling the diameter of a turbine produces four times the potential energy. Additionally, though, since the amount of wind blowing through a turbine is a function of the volume of air, the power from an impeller type turbine goes up as the cube of the speed of the wind: doubling the wind speed generates eight times the energy potential.

Check out the American Wind Energy site for lots more information: www.awea.org.



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