The formal introduction of seaLIDAR to the offshore wind energy market has been made. Successful tests of the floating wind measurement device completed in July 2015. The offshore wind industry requires accurate and affordable wind measurements to support project development. Current industry standards require the use of masts and cup anemometers to provide wind data according to IEC 61400 requirements. In parallel remote sensing equipment such as LIDAR are capable of providing wind data at the hub height and above of modern wind turbines, reducing project uncertainty and the cost of energy.
UK-based seaLIDAR Ltd, developed by ESTIA Consulting & Engineering S.A., combines measurement technologies for the benefit of the wind industry with the potential to perform fully compliant IEC 61400 offshore wind measurements regardless of sea depth or availability of existing infrastructure. seaLIDAR is a novel, purpose-designed, floating stable platform and incorporates an IEC compliant met mast and a DNV GL Stage 3, bankable ZephIR 300M wind lidar.
ZephIR 300M is the only lidar capable of low height measurements making it ideally suited to correlating with the met mast for in-situ verification of the overall seaLIDAR system. Further, ZephIR is selected by more than 80% of floating lidar manufacturers as the number 1 choice for lidar offshore.
The seaLIDAR platform further collects additional met data -wave, temperature, pressure, humidity- required for the development of an off-shore wind park. The platform itself is fully capable of being deployed in both shallow or deep waters using the minimum of infrastructure and the most common of installation vessels with no requirement for diving support.
A range of additional sensors or alternative remote sensing equipment is available to customise seaLIDAR for its deployments and the seaLIDAR team will be available for discussion at both the upcoming AWEA Offshore Windpower Conference & Exhibition and EWEA 2015 Annual Event.
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