New approach to streamline offshore wind assessment


Leosphere, a Vaisala company that specializes in developing, manufacturing, and servicing turnkey wind Lidar instruments for wind energy, recently announced its new WindCube® Scan Dual Lidar Ready offering. It enables offshore wind project developers and operators to reduce multiple sources of uncertainty and gain an even more comprehensive picture of wind resource profiles by observing an offshore location from several positions.

Two WindCube Scan devices on the shore or on offshore platforms can be used to deliver accurate wind mapping with typical ranges up to 10 kilometers from several positions at once. (Courtesy: Vaisala)

“As the utilization of offshore wind energy continues its massive growth in regions around the globe, projects are evolving to include larger turbines, increased heights, and denser installations,” said Matthieu Boquet, head of Products, Wind Energy at Leosphere, a Vaisala company. “By simultaneously providing complete, spatial wind data from several strategically selected positions, this new offering supports the offshore evolution by significantly increasing the quantity and dramatically improving the quality of wind data in a cost-efficient way.”

Using two WindCube Scan devices on the shore or on offshore platforms, this approach delivers accurate wind mapping with typical ranges up to 10 kilometers from several positions at once.

The solution leverages intersecting beams for better coverage and accuracy, reducing vertical and horizontal uncertainty, and enabling fine assessment of turbulence intensity for turbine suitability. The result is a richer understanding of nearshore wind resources, improved reliability, and great campaign cost-effectiveness.

The WindCube Scan Dual Lidar Ready offering delivers the following benefits:

  • Reduced uncertainty in the assessment of wind resources.
  • Reliable data for difficult-to-assess waterways and sites.
  • Cost-efficiency and high operational continuity.
  • Easy deployment and operation from shore or on fixed offshore platforms.
  • Increased flexibility in the campaign design.
  • Precise coordination between Lidar units.

“With its multiple benefits and advanced operational track record, dual scanning Lidar is gaining significant traction in the offshore wind market,” said Bastian Schmidt, team leader, Remote Sensing at DNV. “At DNV, we are strengthening confidence in supporting such a solution for projects in challenging nearshore and offshore environments due to the technology’s increasing maturity and industry acceptance.”

The WindCube Scan Dual Lidar Ready offering is backed by the most comprehensive and trusted support anywhere. Following the successful completion of several customer offshore wind projects across a variety of situations, the company provides the technical support and guidance customers need in order to prepare and operate dual-Lidar solutions. In addition, the global reach and large network of factories and service centers available ensures customers receive the best service and support available — no matter where in the world they are located.

With more than 15 years of scientific Lidar innovation backed by the best science and metrology — and validated by the most demanding testing and certifications in the industry — WindCube has earned the trust of customers and other industry leaders through thousands of deployments around the globe.

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