Ludlum Measurements, Inc. is a long-time contender in the radiation detection instrumentation industry. Fifty-plus years of innovation in designing state-of-the-art detectors, counters, scalers, and other items related to detection and measurement of radiation and contamination would seem to be enough to keep any company busy, but we have diversified our focus on nuclear power and its associated requirements to include wind-generated power.
Our company headquarters is based in Sweetwater, Texas, the administrative center of Nolan County. Due to its strategic location within the plains, ridges, and tablelands of the state, the wind is a near-constant force. With fossil fuels exacting steep costs both to the environment and to consumers’ pockets, ‘mining’ the wind became a huge growth industry in the early 2000’s.
Tall, some would say elegant, wind towers march across the landscape of west Texas. Trios of narrow blades, as sweeping and graceful as an arctic tern’s wings, rotate in near-silent stateliness that belies their genuine speed. The rotation causes the turbines to convert the moving air to electrical energy via a complex configuration of generators, converters, switches, and boards, and feed it to the transmission line far below near ground level. This is where the magic happens, where Ludlum Measurements’ engineers and technicians apply their expertise to the project.