May 11, 2019

Wind Energy Monitoring

Buraq Integrated Solutions offers Campbell Scientifics’ turn-key systems for wind-resource assessment and power performance are specifically designed to meet the requirements of IEC 61400-12-1. These systems have a wide range of options for measuring wind speed, wind direction, air density, and electric power. Real-time or interval data are stored locally on the datalogger, and can be can be transmitted via all standard communication methods.

Wind Measurement System

The WMS100 is a purpose built wind measurement system specifically designed for operational wind power plants. The WMS station delivers data shareholders, site operators and power off-takers with accurate real-time and historical meteorological data for operational performance assessment.

Campbell Scientific measurement systems are built with a focus on high quality hardware using best-practice system design and manufacture. By consistently providing highly accurate and extremely reliable wind measurement data, the WMS100 has become the MET station industry standard when measurements matter.

The WMS100 is commonly used for these applications:

  • Performance assessment of operational site
  • SCADA permanently integrated MET station
  • Site calibration
  • MET and turbine power synchronization

The WMS100 provides precision measurement capabilities in a rugged, battery-operated package. It consists of a measurement and control data logger, terminal block for sensor connection, communications hardware, and power supply. Standard operating range is -25° to +50°C; an optional extended range of -55° to +85°C is available. Although offered as a turn-key package, nearly every aspect of the system is customizable to meet your exact needs and specifications. Building on a Campbell Scientific data logger platform yields the industry's most versatile, robust, and accurate MET systems available.

The WMS wind monitoring system supports nearly all sensors used in the wind energy industry, including sensors that are user-supplied or purchased through Campbell Scientific. The WMS100 supports sensors at any height, junction boxes, down-tower cabling, and many other customer-specific measurement configurations.

Optional measurements that may be made using the WMS100 include the following:

  • Three-dimensional wind speed and direction
  • Ice detection and surface moisture
  • Electric field and lightning warning
  • Solar radiation
  • Remote sensing LIDAR
  • Turbine electric power

Dataloggers used in Wind Monitoring

Our dataloggers can be used for many different purposes. They can make and record measurements, control electrical devices, or both. The dataloggers' multifaceted capabilities include functioning as PLCs or RTUs. They have many different channel types, allowing nearly all sensor types to be measured on a single unit. For example, one datalogger can measure strain on turbine blades, wind speed, and power output of the turbine, even while controlling peripheral devices. The CR1000 with an LLAC4 peripheral can measure up to 10 low-level ac output anemometers. If long cable runs are being avoided, our CR200X-series dataloggers can be deployed in a wireless network configuration, allowing cost effective monitoring at each level of a wind assessment tower.

The reliability of our datalogger systems ensures data collection, even under adverse conditions. Wide operating temperature ranges and weather-proof enclosures allow our systems to operate reliably in harsh environments. Because they have their own power supply (batteries, solar panels), our dataloggers continue to measure and store data and perform control during power outages. Up to 2 million data points can be stored in the datalogger's non-volatile memory, while CompactFlash cards can be used to increase data storage to tens of millions of points. Data is time- and date-stamped to provide key information for identifying and analyzing past events.

Measurement Capabilities

Channel types include analog (single-ended and differential), pulse, switched excitation, and digital. Not only are there multiple types of input channels, but each of these channels can be independently programmed for various sensor types. Most sensors connect directly to the datalogger, eliminating the need for external signal conditioning. Multiplexers and other peripherals can be used with most of our dataloggers to increase the numbers and types of channels.

Control Capabilities

The ability of our dataloggers to perform advanced control functions is a great advantage. Powerful on-board instruction sets allow unattended measurement and control decisions based on time or conditional events. Using these instruction sets, dataloggers can be programmed to perform multiple control functions based on different scenarios. For example, alarms can be triggered, phone numbers dialed, or equipment shut down if the system detects an equipment failure--all without human intervention.

Wind Monitoring Sensors

Almost any sensor can be measured by our dataloggers, allowing the wind energy system to be customized for each application. Typical sensors include, but are not limited to: sonic anemometers, 3-cup and propeller anemometers, wind vanes, temperature sensors (air, water, equipment, and product), solar radiation, electrical current, resistance, power, and voltage.


The availability of multiple telecommunications and on-site options for retrieving data or reporting site conditions also allows our systems to be customized to meet exact needs. Options include: radio, telephone, cellphone, voice-synthesized phone, satellite, and Ethernet. Systems can be programmed to send alarms or report site conditions by calling out to computers, phones, radios, and pagers.


Our PC-based support software simplifies the entire data acquisition process, from programming to data retrieval to data display and analysis. Our software automatically manages data retrieval from networks or single stations. Robust error-checking ensures data integrity. We can even help you post your data to the Internet.

If you need assistance selecting the best wind sensor, tower, telecommunications, and datalogger combination, please contact us. We'd be happy to answer your questions and provide the most cost-effective solution for your needs.

If you would like to share your requirements for a customized solution for Wind Energy Monitoring & Wind Speed sensors, please Contact Us.