Second Wind Gets Funds For Wind Data

TritonSecond Wind, a 27-year-old company based in Somerville, Mass., that’s cornered the market on “wind profiling” (thanks, CNet), has just secured $4 million in second-round funding from Good Energies.

When site developers are planning a wind farm, the most important factor to check for is a strong, consistent wind. This often involves setting up a meteorological tower to collect data over the course of months. Second Wind has developed a whole suite of data-collection technologies that are in use all over the world. And their new Triton Sonic Wind Profiler could make selecting wind farm sites even easier.

The Triton uses what’s known as sodar — for “sonic detection and ranging” — to bounce sound off of air turbulence up to 200 meters up and measure wind speeds with no tower installed. It works by “chirping” — sending sound waves up into the air and then recording the echo. The resulting data can then be sent directly to your computer through Second Wind’s SkyServe Satellite Wind Data Service.

Second Wind’s Triton could greatly increase the speed and accuracy with which wind sites are assessed. There has been a great deal of news in wind energy recently — Britain is looking to significantly expand its wind generation, and GE just broke ground on a new plant that will be making fiber glass blades.

The Second Wind investment was one of two wind-related announcements Good Energies made yesterday. The renewable energy investor also said they placed, along with Continental Wind Partners, an order for 150 wind turbines from GE with a capacity of 375 MW that will be installed in Central Europe.