News & Events-Frazer-Nash supports investment in wind with LIDAR adoption roadmap.

As part of a consortium of industrial partners, Frazer-Nash is working with The Carbon Trust to investigate the potential of floating LIDAR (light detection and ranging) technology in the context of wind resource assessment for the offshore wind industry.

The Offshore Wind Accelerator programme researched floating LIDAR technology's potential to replace meteorological met masts for the measurement of primary wind resource data. This technology can capture wind speed and wind direction data far more cost-effectively than a traditional meteorological mast.

The resulting document proposed a roadmap for floating LIDARs to become a commercially accepted source of data to support financial investment decisions. The document describes three stages of commercialisation in terms of accuracy and availability KPIs. It also explains how measurement uncertainties decrease as a floating LIDAR device moves from Stage 1 (baseline) through to Stage 2 (pre-commercial) and finally Stage 3 (commercial).

To support the commercial adoption of LIDAR technology, the Offshore Wind Accelerator programme is carrying out trials comparing data capture with meteorological masts within their portfolio of projects. Frazer-Nash planned and managed the trials, and performed the comparison between the floating LIDAR measurements and those from the reference met mast. The results of the first trial were presented at the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) Offshore 2013 conference in Frankfurt last week.

To read the document please click here.