Atmospheric conditions are a crucial consideration when undertaking development activities in an area. To determine temperature, wind velocity and direction, ‘linear’ methods such as radar, lidar or sodar are used. In each of these, atmospheric conditions are calculated at particular points within an area and the values are extrapolated to cover the region. Such methods however, are incapable of accurately producing a detailed 3D model of atmospheric conditions.
The technology described herein is related to the development of a three dimensional (3D) atmospheric tomography using acoustic technology and drones to accurately create a detailed 3D reconstruction of windflows and temperature in an area. The technology provider is seeking partners for co-development and licensing opportunities.
Technology Features, Specifications and Advantages
The technology uses acoustic sensors as well as drones to produce an accurate and detailed 3D reconstruction of windflows and temperature in an area. An array of sensors placed in the area reflect the sound or electromagnetic frequencies emitted by a drone. The reflections are used to reconstruct the speed and direction of wind, and temperature changes within the area.
This technology has significant potential in the energy, agriculture and aviation industries, for example:
- to optimise positioning of wind turbines, photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal (ST) systems in energy farms
- to position frost fans, or plant the right types of grape vines in particular areas of vineyards
- to provide a better understanding of microscale atmospheric changes in almond, citrus and grain farms
- Delivers accurate 3D reconstruction and detailed analysis of atmospheric conditions
- Capability to cover areas as large as 1 kilometre cubed
- Potential applications for optimising land use in agriculture and energy
- Can reduce safety risks at airports