Oldbaum to provide wakes measurement campaign

Monday, 5 November, 2012 - 15:00

Oldbaum Services have been selected to provide the lidar (light detection and ranging) instrumentation solution for the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Wakes Measurement Campaign.  Hosted and managed by E.ON Climate & Renewables on behalf of the Carbon Trust and Offshore Wind Accelerator Partners, the aim of this project is to fully understand the complex issue of offshore wakes and their impact on wind park yield.

For this project Oldbaum teamed up with Leosphere and Avent Lidar Technology to provide two scanning lidar stations (Windcube 200S from Leosphere) and four nacelle lidar systems (Wind Iris from Avent). “This is a really pioneering project”, said Alexandre Sauvage, President of Leosphere. “Thanks to the combination of the Wind Iris nacelle‐mounted lidar measuring capabilities with the Windcube 200S 3D long range lidar ones, OWA will get for the first time a comprehensive characterization of wake effects, at short and long distances. This represents a key leverage to increase offshore wind farm efficiencies and to reduce costs of wind energy”, he added.

Andy Oldroyd, Technical Director of Oldbaum, said: “This project is at the forefront of the scientific effort to understand the highly complex issue of offshore wakes, their formation, propagation and interaction within wind farms and their subsequent impact on energy production.”
The OWA wakes measurement campaign is being carried out on E.ON’s Rødsand 2 site. “It will both increase understanding of the physics behind wake effects as well as improve prediction accuracy which will reduce financing costs”, said Stephen Wyatt, Head of Technology Acceleration at the Carbon Trust.

Katharina Garus

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