Performance Assessment of Meteorological Sensors in Icing Conditions

Wind Power
Partners: TUGLIQ Energy Co., Université Laval
Period of realization: February 15, 2016 to July 27, 2016

This project was used to develop a methodology to qualify different types of meteorological sensors in icing conditions. The goal was first to provide recommendations on the best sensors to be used in cold climates, then to evaluate the performance of a new type of icing sensor developed by Université Laval. Ten icing events were used to evaluate how the different sensors performed during these occurrences. The methodology developed under this project is innovative and replicable.


  • Heated anemometers offer superior performance when exposed to icing.
  • Certain ice detectors exhibit better performance than others.
  • The ice sensor developed by Université Laval offered excellent performance.