Perth-based Oldbaum Energy completes LIDAR offshore wind project in Japan

The Oldbaum LIDAR windcube
The Oldbaum LIDAR windcube

Oldbaum Energy – a Scottish wind data consultancy based in Perth – has recently completed a major project in Japan, where the company built on long-standing scanning LiDAR experience in collecting data for  offshore wind energy projects from onshore locations

Scanning LiDAR technology greatly reduces campaign costs, and provides easier, safer access to the system for maintenance efforts throughout the entire duration of a project.

Japan is one of the world’s leading countries in developing offshore wind – their latest policy sets an ambitious target of 37 GW to be delivered by offshore wind farms by 2050.

High wind resources in the north of the country, one of the world’s most generous renewable Feed-in-Tariff schemes and being the world’s third largest economy, makes Japan an attractive market for offshore wind developers.

Oldbaum aims to reduce the cost of wind data acquisition offshore, thereby adding value to offshore wind developments worldwide.

In its most recent project – delivered in partnership with NRG Renewables – Oldbaum utilised the Leosphere W200S long range system, a remote sensing equipment that Oldbaum has a long-standing expertise in using, and adding value to, by gathering and interpreting meaningful data to best advise their clients in designing efficient offshore wind farms.

Andy Oldroyd, Technical Director, Oldbaum Energy Services, said: “Scanning LiDAR is an important data acquisition technique development.

“The ability to record winds well out to sea whilst operating from a safe onshore environment greatly reduces cost, but also gives valuable wind speed variation data in areas where numerical techniques are well known to struggle.

“Scanning LiDAR when used appropriately can give developers valuable insight to the wind regime their development will encounter. In this case we are very fortunate that the range and power of the 200S allows us to scan the entire wind farm development zone.”

Oldroyd and fellow Director Monica Griesbaum set up Oldbaum in 2003. The company is part of the Leosphere Wind Experts programme, and has been working with all forms of LiDAR since 2005.

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