Rugged, Low-Cost Advanced Data Acquisition System for Field Test Projects

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has teamed up with Zond Systems, Inc., to provide a rugged, low-cost, advanced data-acquisition system (ADAS) for use in field test projects. The ADAS simplifies the process of making accurate measurements on mechanical equipment exposed to harsh environments. It provides synchronized, time-series measurement data from multiple, independent sources.The ADAS is currently being used to acquire data from large wind turbines in operational wind-plant environments. ADAS modules are mounted on rotating blades, turbine towers, nacelles, control modules, meteorological towers, and electrical stations. The ADAS has the potential to meet the testing and monitoring needs of many other technologies as well, including vehicles, heavy equipment, pipingand power transmission networks, and building energy systems.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages11
    StatePublished - 1993

    Bibliographical note

    Work performed by NREL and Zond Systems, Tehachapi, California

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-442-5617


    • a/d conversion
    • data acquisition
    • distributed source telemetry
    • rugged environment test measurement


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