Meteorological expert Biral worked closely with Netherlands-based Observator Instruments, one of the world’s leading offshore wind farm operators, to install and test the BTD-350 lightning warning system in the challenging environment of the North Sea.
The specially developed BTD-350 marine sensor can detect the presence of a developing overhead thunderstorm as well as reporting the actual location of any resulting lightning, out to a range of 83 km. The unique quasi-electrostatic operating principle results in a very low false alarm rate and the ability to warn of the risk of overhead lightning, even before the lightning has started.
This allows any staff at the site to have appropriate warnings for both the threat of lightning starting in their area as well as monitoring more distant storms as they approach their location.
In both cases, safe working practices can be maintained, and staff can be altered prior to the onset of any lighting activity in their location.
24 August 2021
Photo courtesy of Observator Instruments
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Established in 1975 Biral is a leading manufacturer of meteorological instruments and supplies the international market with one of the largest ranges of products available. Its scope extends from sensors to measure wind, temperature, precipitation, visibility, solar radiation and other standard parameters to present weather sensors and complete weather stations. The company’s products can be used across a diverse number of applications in the aviation, oil and gas, marine and wind energy markets as well as for roads and highways. Biral is also a specialist in the design, manufacture and supply of particle analysis and climate research instruments for science, industry and the environment. Biral is based in Bristol, UK.