FLiDAR completes wind measurements at Neart Na Gaoithe

Tuesday, 10 March, 2015 - 10:30

FLiDAR has completed the onsite wind measurements at the Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind farm being developed by Mainstream Renewable Power.

Neart Na Gaoithe, a 448 MW wind farm located in the North Sea off the East coast of Scotland, has recently been awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) by the UK government. The FLiDAR floating LiDAR buoy provided on-site wind measurements and resulted in a considerable development time and cost saving compared to a traditional meteorological mast. The unit is now decommissioned and undergoing post validation at the ORE Catapult offshore met mast.

Reinhardt Stevens, General Manager of FLiDAR said: “We are delighted to have delivered high availability and accurate wind data in such a short time to our client and congratulate Mainstream Renewable Power on being awarded the CfD.”

David Sweenie, Project Manager of Neart na Gaoithe commented: “Mainstream recognized the innovative approach of FLiDAR from an early stage, bringing accurate wind data at low cost in a short delivery window. The data provided by FLiDAR has contributed to the great successes of Neart na Gaoithe so far. “

The FLiDAR technology has been developed by 3E, global renewable energy consultancy and software provider, and Offshore & Wind Assistance (OWA), the subsidiary of marine contractor Geosea.

The FLiDAR equipment consists of an industry standard Mobilis buoy equipped with a state-of-the-art buoy-adapted Leosphere Windcube v2 LiDAR held in a passive mechanical stabilisation system. It has previously been tested and validated against fixed met masts in the North Sea and in the Irish Sea (as part of the UK’s Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator programme). The performance has been analysed and validated by third parties and has been proven to deliver wind data with accuracy equivalent to standard offshore wind measurements.

Katharina Garus / FLiDAR

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