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Vol. 11, Special Issue, April 2011, pp.43-55

 

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Low Cost Three-Dimensional Anemometer for High Spatial Resolution Wind Profiling

 

1John HIRANO and 2David GARMIRE

1Department of Electrical Engineering,

University of Hawaii, 2530 Dole Street Honolulu, HI 96822 USA

Tel.: (808) 956-8404, fax:(808) 956-2291

2Department of Electrical Engineering,

University of Hawaii, 2530 Dole Street Honolulu, HI 96822 USA

Tel.: (808) 956-8404, fax:(808) 956-2291

E-mail: jhirano@hawaii.edu, garmire@hawaii.edu

 

 

Received: 10 December 2010   /Accepted: 15 March 2011   /Published: 5 April 2011

 

Abstract: The need for a low cost three-dimensional (3D) anemometer is driven by the need for high spatial resolution wind monitoring. Anemometer measurements at higher spatial resolution will allow for better prediction of wind patterns and wind effects. The anemometers we have designed operate on the principles of mass-spring physics and infrared sensing technology. The development of the device has evolved into a miniature device, which can be operated to the same specifications as other commercially available 3D anemometers. The anemometer is especially suited for use with power generation predictions of large-scale wind farms, in the emerging area of urban wind assessment, prediction of wind shear at airports and self-orienting handheld anemometers.

 

Keywords: Anemometer, 3D Wind Sensor, and Infrared Sensor

 

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