Stirling-based wind consultancy launches floating LiDAR certification service


Oldbaum's WindSentinel Floating LiDAR on test
AXYS WindSentinel Floating LiDAR being tested by Oldbaum

Stirling-based wind energy consultancy Oldbaum Services has launched its new certification service for floating light detection and ranging (LiDAR) devices.

The first two certification buoys being tested by the wind energy consultancy were deployed offshore in the UK on Sunday.

The certification process involves full system checks, power communications and wind data acquisition to assess suitability for remote deployment for wind resource assessment. This process is in accordance with the Carbon Trust Offshore roadmap which was published for commercial acceptance of floating LiDAR technology.

Oldbaum will include this new offering as part of their ISO/ IEC 17025:2005 accreditation, which the company obtained in February 2010for calibrating and measuring cup anemometers. ISO 17025:2005 is a recognised standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the world. 

Technical Director Andy Oldroyd said: Data quality, and confidence in its accuracy, is key in the acceptance of new techniques in the wind industry. Floating LiDAR has huge potential in helping to reduce project risk, development costs and ultimately the cost of energy for offshore wind projects.”

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