Pentalum portfolio acquired
NRG Systems, a subsidiary of ESCO Technologies Inc. has announced that it has acquired a portfolio of advanced technology developed by Pentalum, an Israeli company that specializes in remote sensing solutions for wind measurement- including for the offshore wind industry.
Founded in 2009, Pentalum pioneered low-cost Lidar solutions that have been deployed by customers in the wind resource assessment, wind farm operations, forecasting, and research markets globally.
Pentalum’s principal innovation was their patented Direct Detect Lidar technology that is able to deliver the high precision and reliability of Lidar at a significantly lower cost compared to conventional Doppler Lidar technologies. Pentalum deployed this technology in their SpiDAR Vertical Wind Profiler beginning in 2012 and it is now in use on five continents. NRG Systems’ President, Justin Wheating, commented, “NRG has played an active role in the global wind energy market for over three decades and we recognize the growing importance of Lidar in resource measurement and wind farm operations. Pentalum’s technology, when paired with NRG’s global sales and service capabilities, is a significant advantage for our customers, and a great new opportunity for customers who could not previously justify the high cost of Doppler Lidar solutions.”
In addition to its favorable pricepoint, SpiDAR is a rugged, market-proven product that measures wind with high reliability and accuracy at the range of heights required by wind farms all over the world. When coupled with NRG-equipped met towers, SpiDAR delivers excellent flexibility, performance, and cost efficiency.
By Jake Frith
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