Building Strong Partnerships in the Wind Industry

June 1, 2023

We explore a compelling case study involving advanced laser technology in the context of wind sensing. The discussion delves into the innovative application of laser-based wind detection, highlighting the significance of reliability, performance, and seamless collaboration in driving success in the wind industry.

Martin provides a concise overview of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology, explaining its application within the wind sector. He describes how LiDAR’s Doppler effect measures wind speed and direction, optimizing turbine positioning for enhanced efficiency while also ensuring safety in turbulent conditions. This technology plays a pivotal role in enhancing wind energy production.

The conversation transitions into the collaboration between Luna Innovations and a key customer, who had previously experienced challenges with a different product. Their partnership initially began years ago but rekindled with Luna’s laser solution. Martin elaborates on how Luna’s innovative product offerings, characterized by improved performance, reliability, and competitive pricing, facilitated the reconnection and eventual establishment of a robust partnership.

Exploring the customer’s challenges, Martin notes reliability issues they faced with their earlier laser solution. Luna’s Orion laser, in combination with a customized amplifier, effectively resolved these issues. Martin emphasizes that adaptability was a key factor in Luna’s favor, as the laser had to serve diverse applications, from ground-based to marine and wind turbine environments. The conversation underscores Luna’s unique position in providing a single laser solution for multiple products, a strategic advantage over competitors.

Chuck inquires about unanticipated technical challenges that arose during the project. Martin shares insights into the requirement for precise alignment specifications, which was successfully managed by Luna’s production team. He highlights Luna’s capacity to offer tailored solutions with varied wavelength line widths, meeting both technical specifications and pricing targets.

Addressing measurements of success, Martin stresses the paramount importance of reliability and mean time between failure (MTBF). He discusses the exceptional reliability of Luna’s laser solutions, evidenced by a lack of field failures, and mentions the availability of extended warranties.

Regarding future plans, Martin acknowledges the immense growth potential in the wind energy sector due to global shifts toward greener energy solutions. Luna stands poised to continue supporting the customer’s growth journey and aims to enhance their product portfolio, solidifying their position in the market.

Martin wraps up by emphasizing the strong partnership formed between Luna and the customer. He attributes this success not only to the technology but also to the communication, feedback, and support that Luna consistently provides.

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