Senvion chief joins ZX Lidars to spearhead turbine Lidar tech

Source: press release, 4 March 2021

Dr Steven White, ZX Lidars Director of Turbine Mounted Lidar
Dr Steven White, ZX Lidars Director of Turbine Mounted Lidar (photos: ZX Lidars)

ZX Lidars confirms the appointment of Dr Steven White as Director of Turbine Mounted Lidar as the company scales in market sectors including wind turbine integrated Lidar Assisted Control and non-integrated Lidar for wind turbine/wind farm optimisation. Having previously led Senvion’s engineering EU North team and with a PhD in laser optics White combines technical knowhow with practical turbine experience.

Lidar technology, which displaces the use of met masts for wind resource assessment onshore and offshore, provides look-ahead wind characteristics to validate, monitor and optimise wind turbine performance on both existing and new turbines for the purpose of increased energy output and lifetime extension.

On joining the company White comments, “Innovation, quality and collaboration are at the heart of the ‘ZX-way’ and this unique mix is an ideal recipe to bridge the gap between Lidar and turbine technology. I passionately look forward to closing that gap through customer-focused improvements in operational wind resource understanding and turbine performance, validation, lifetime operations and control.”

ZX Lidars Managing Director Ian Locker, welcomes the appointment, saying, “On our 18th anniversary of installing the world’s first nacelle-mounted Lidar on a Nordex N90 turbine it is perfect timing for Steven White to join ZX Lidars as we see a now mature technology providing real performance benefits to wind farm owners, operators and turbine OEMs. We have exciting news to share on Lidar Assisted Control this year and Steven will be spearheading this and all turbine Lidar activities across the business.”