Cost-effective, accurate, offshore wind resource assessments

The FLiDAR measurement buoy represents a major break-through for the offshore wind industry enabling dramatic cost reductions for offshore wind resource assessments.

It can be deployed in one day and can provide crucial data throughout the project development. The business concept of FLiDAR is based on a renting model with data service agreement, minimizing financial risk and maximising flexibility for the customer.

The offshore meteorological station designed for marine renewable energy technologies such as offshore wind, wave, tidal etc. provides real time data access.

FLiDAR is made up of an offshore-ready WINDCUBE®v2 LIDAR, secured on top of a mechanical stabilisation unit on an industry standard buoy. The system is highly accurate due to the combination of mechanical stabilization and software based measurement correction. It can measure wind potential with an accuracy equivalent to standard offshore met masts.

Features

  • Validated, accurate data
  • Best in class LiDAR technology
  • Proven robust buoy structure

FLiDAR is designed to operate maintenance free and autonomous for more than six months in demanding offshore environments such as the European North Sea area.

The first version of the FLiDAR floating LiDAR product was successfully tested and validated in 2011 in the North Sea. It has subsequently been tested next to a fixed offshore met mast on the RWE Gwnt Y Mor offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea (UK), from October 2012 to January 2013. In June 2013, a FLiDAR buoy was deployed for a 12 month commercial measurement campaign in the Irish Sea for DONG.

Benefits

  • Reduce CAPEX and OPEX of offshore wind resource assessment
  • Reduce permitting requirements
  • Reduce risk on offshore investments
  • Deliver fast, efficient and flexible resource measurement campaigns
  • Simplify resource assessments worldwide, before, during and after construction