New Applications Fuel Higher Demand for Radiometers

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Radiometrics Corporation announces successful deployments of the MP-3000A radiometer system for improved prediction of short-term weather impacting wind power generation and utility load forecasting. Additionally, a radiometer recently deployed with the U.S. National Weather Service is providing real-time data for a regional air traffic control center.

Atmospheric stability and hub height wind measurements are used to optimize wind energy.

Radiometers Improve Wind Energy Management

"The radiometer has been quite helpful in short term forecasts of cloud and shower development, as well as the mixing out of inversions in the boundary layer." -- Tom DuLong, NWS Center Weather Service Unit in Longmont, CO

Radiometrics Corporation, a privately held company headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, has announced successful deployments of its MP-3000A microwave radiometer system for wind energy and utility load forecasting applications. Additionally, an MP-3000A recently deployed with the U.S. National Weather Service is providing crucial real-time weather data for aviation weather forecasting.

The MP-3000A is a passive microwave receiver system that provides continuous, real-time atmospheric measurements of temperature and water vapor up to 10 km height. This critical forecasting data was previously available only from twice-daily weather balloon launches at a limited number of locations (fewer than 100 in the United States). Utility companies are now using MP-3000A data to improve short-term energy demand forecasts, and wind stability prediction for wind turbine power generation. MP-3000A instruments deployed in Hawaii and most recently in the Los Angeles basin are expected to show a rapid return on investment.

Additionally, an MP-3000A deployed with the U.S. National Weather Service in Denver Colorado, is providing real-time weather information to the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). Staff meteorologists at the ARTCC monitor the continuous data from the MP-3000A, and use this information to “fill in the gaps” between twice-daily Denver weather balloon launches when generating short-term forecasts for the air traffic controllers.

Demand for the MP-3000A is expected to grow as businesses and government agencies reap the benefits of dramatically improved local moderate to high-impact weather prediction. In addition to energy load management and aviation weather, applications include severe weather forecasting, weather modification, air pollution monitoring and forecasting, and climate research. The company also produces radiometers optimized for remote measurement of soil moisture, sea surface temperature and salinity, and snow depth and snow water content.

Radiometrics Corporation pioneered commercial ground-based microwave radiometry over two decades ago, and continues as the world leader in microwave radiometer product innovation and sales. More than 200 of the company’s radiometers are now in operation worldwide. Proven, patented designs ensure optimum long-term, all-weather performance for operational and research applications. Our rugged, compact thermodynamic profilers observe three dimensional air temperature, humidity and liquid features that define local weather.


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