NRG Systems Wins Big LiDAR Contract For New York State
Technology to be used by enhanced weather stations across the state
NRG Systems has secured a contract with the State of New York for the supply of up to 17 WINDCUBE 100S 3D-scanning doppler LiDAR systems for the New York State Mesonet, an advanced weather network dedicated to improving the detection and prediction of severe weather events.
The LiDAR units will be integrated into enhanced weather stations dispersed throughout the state, and will provide real-time observations to the National Weather Service (NWS) for nowcasting and ingestion into high-resolution, numerical weather-prediction models. Data will also be provided to the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, enabling better short-term forecasting and emergency management decisions.
“With climate change comes more extreme weather, which requires more advanced meteorological instruments to predict severe weather events,” says Gregory Erdmann, vice president of global sales for NRG Systems. “This is an exciting project for the meteorology field as a whole, because it will provide critical decision support to the State of New York in limiting the effects of severe weather events.”
The contract, administered by the University at Albany-SUNY, will see the addition of up to 17 WINDCUBE 100S 3D Scanning Doppler LiDAR systems to the network. The best-in-class atmospheric remote-sensing technology will help make the New York State Mesonet the most advanced permanent weather network of its type in the world.
WINDCUBE 100S is a state-of-the-science remote sensor manufactured and distributed in partnership by LEOSPHERE and NRG Systems. It captures volumetric profiles of wind speed, direction and aerosol concentration, as well as boundary layer and cloud heights. These observations provide a very detailed, three-dimensional “image” of the atmosphere at high spatial and temporal resolution, enabling improved decision intelligence during times of extreme weather.
“The data produced by this system will allow the state to make critical decisions that will save lives and mitigate economic losses from severe weather events,” Erdmann says. “The industry is watching this project closely.”
Financed with FEMA funds set aside to lessen the effects of disasters like Hurricane Sandy, the goal of the NYS Mesonet is to reduce death, injury and economic loss stemming from natural hazards such as severe storms.
The New York State Mesonet will ultimately consist of 125 environmental monitoring stations and will serve as the foundation of an Early Warning Severe Weather Detection network for the entire state. Mesonet sites will be distributed state-wide with every county across New York having at least one or more sites. The Mesonet will provide local, updated weather information in real-time, 24/7 to government, academic and private-sector partners, as well as the general public.
About NRG Systems
NRG Systems (NRG) is a global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and service of atmospheric remote-sensing products and decisions support solutions for the renewable energy and professional meteorology markets. NRG pioneered wind resource assessment more than 30 years ago, when the wind industry was just beginning. Today, the company serves multiple stages of wind, solar and meteorological project and enterprise solutions development.
Leosphere is a global leader in LiDAR atmospheric remote observation in several markets such as wind energy, weather and climate, aviation weather, air quality and industrial risk. The company develops, sells and services new turnkey remote-sensing instruments, allowing wind measurement and aerosol detection. Leosphere has deployed more than 750 LiDAR units throughout the world in severe environments.