Roadmap for commercial acceptance of Floating LiDAR

Floating LiDAR has the potential to replace meteorological met masts for the measurement of primary wind resource data – wind speed and wind direction.

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Wind Energy

Published October 2018

Floating LiDAR has the potential to replace meteorological met masts for the measurement of primary wind resource data – wind speed and wind direction.

The purpose of this document is to present a roadmap for floating LiDARs to become commercially accepted as a source of data to support financial investment decisions. The roadmap was originally published in 2013 and this version has been published in 2018 to reflect industry experience gained in the interim period with clarifications, updates, extensions and new material included based on industry engagement to ensure the roadmap continues to be fit for purpose for several user groups in to the future. The progress made in successfully adopting floating LiDAR technology since 2013 is underpinned by a recent OWA review of system deployments worldwide (“Deployments of Floating LiDAR Systems”, 2018). Since that time, a number of systems have been accepted by the industry as attaining Stage 2 maturity status; the inclusion in this version of the roadmap of more definition to Stage 3 requirements is therefore timely as the industry seeks to develop confidence further.

The roadmap has been prepared by the Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), a joint industry project involving nine developers representing over three-quarters of the UK’s licenced capacity – Ørsted, E.ON, innogy, ScottishPower Renewables, SSE Renewables, EnBW, Statkraft, Equinor and Vattenfall – in close collaboration with DNV GL, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Multiversum Consulting and Fraunhofer IWES.

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