WindCube Scan Dual Lidar Ready offering unveiled to streamline and amplify offshore wind assessment campaigns

Source: press release, 3 June 2021

WindCube 200S offshore wind farm
WindCube 200S offshore wind farm (photo: J. Schneemann for University of Oldenburg)

Leosphere, a Vaisala company that specialises in developing, manufacturing, and servicing turnkey wind lidar instruments for wind energy, has 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.

“As the utilisation 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,” says 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.”

Utilising two WindCube Scan devices located on the shore or on offshore platforms, this unparalleled approach delivers accurate wind mapping with typical ranges up to 10 kilometres 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.

Benefits the WindCube Scan Dual Lidar Ready offers:

  • 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,” says 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 centres available ensures customers receive the best service and support available – no matter where in the world they are located.