Fugro’s Seawatch Wind Lidar buoy has achieved the highest commercial maturity rating, Stage 3, in line with the Carbon Trust’s roadmap for commercial acceptance of floating Lidar technology. Fugro’s Floating Lidar system is the first in the world to achieve this Stage 3 classification, which certifies the Seawatch Wind Lidar buoy as the primary source of wind resource data to support financial investment decisions for offshore wind farms.
An independent assessment by DNV has verified that Fugro’s Seawatch Wind Lidar buoy meets the highest standards of data availability for commercial offshore wind surveys. Data accuracy has consistently met industry best practice criteria in verification testing and additionally, wind speed measurements in classification testing have yielded consistent results for sensitivity to environmental variables .
Lidar technology to support investments in offshore wind farms
Following initial concept studies in 2009, Fugro performed a series of experiments in 2011 in collaboration with Christian Michelsen Research (CMR) to study the effect of motion on a wind profiling Lidar operating on Fugro’s Wavescan buoy. Promising results led to the production of the first commercial Seawatch Wind Lidar buoy in 2013. The Carbon Trust roadmap was released the same year and 2 years later the Seawatch Wind Lidar buoy was validated as Stage 2 (pre -commercial) on the basis of a successful validation test of the offshore mast encountered. Since then, more than 50 Seawatch Floating Lidar systems from Europe to North America and East Asia have generated a comprehensive track record of commercial offshore deployments, characterized by geodata reliability and accuracy.
Jørn Erik Norangshol, Director of Monitoring and Forecasting at Fugro in Norway, said: “In receiving this first global Level 3 rating, we acknowledge the support of our offshore wind customers – in particular Ørsted, Eolfi-Shell, Engie and Iberdrola – who kindly have access to their measurement geodata for third party assessment. Our Floating Lidar systems have not only provided reliable and accurate measurement campaigns to our valued customers, but have also taken the industry a big step forward on the road to commercial acceptance of Floating Lidar technology to support the investments in offshore wind farms and the wider transition to green energy.