The Concept of the PrimAero Wind Sensor
Have you ever seen standard meteorological wind measurement devices like wind vanes or anemometers on aeroplanes? Certainly not. The most important reason is that the measurement bases would be wrong. When you compare measurement devices, the most obvious differences are the measurement principles they are based on (i.e. the use of laser, sound waves or other techniques to detect a signal and the physics behind this). But this is only one aspect. Even more interesting than 'how' a device works is 'what' it measures. Clarity about the measurement target is the most important factor to consider for any measurement device. From this point of view, the PrimAero wind sensor is unique for wind measurement on wind turbines because it not only measures the wind speed but also the wind pressure as a whole.
By Klaus Ritzinger, Head of Research & Development, IXIST Messtechnik, Germany