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The first Triton sonic wind profiler, a tool for wind assessments based on sonic detection and ranging (SoDAR) technology, now is commercially available, according to developer Second Wind. The company says it is ready to ship its first Triton, with more than 15 additional units expected to be sent to customers over the next two months.

Second Wind adds that all of the beta customers who participated in the product testing program are also expected to keep the units they have purchased.

The Triton captures wind data at heights of up to 200 meters in any weather and location, without being attended. Readings are delivered in the same manner as anemometry results, with no expert analysis required.

Customers can access their Triton data in real time from any computer with a satellite wind data service.

"As a developer, I look at a site and it's important to know the average wind speeds over a period of time, and SkyServe provides that data on screen," says beta customer Paul F. Wendelgass of Competitive Power Ventures. "I have the Triton placed next to a meteorological mast at a site in Kansas and am seeing really good data correlation between the two."

Triton has undergone a multi-site beta program in a variety of locations across the country, including California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas, Vermont and Washington. Each location allowed the Triton development team to study the device in different locations and under a variety of weather extremes – allowing them to verify and refine key features of the device.

For more information, go to secondwind.com

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