Oldbaum wind consultancy in line for Scottish Green Energy award

Oldbaum ServicesStirling-based wind data consultancy Oldbaum Services has been shortlisted for one of the top prizes at next month’s Scottish Green Energy Awards.

Its nomination, for Best Innovation follows an award for Best Green Business in Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce business awards.

Oldbaum has also carried out further research into the impact of offshore wind wakes – the single biggest challenge an offshore wind analyst faces today – and work was successfully concluded this year on the Offshore Wind Accelerator Wakes measurement campaign on behalf of the Carbon Trust.

For this multi-million pound project, Oldbaum developed the campaign data retrieval strategy with the aim of reducing the cost of energy for offshore wind in the future.

Back in 2005, Oldbaum was involved in the most comprehensive test of a LiDAR system to date, when ‘nobody had thought of a standard test programme to prove they could work’.

Tests for the Beatrice Offshore Demonstrator proved that LiDAR was a valid measurement technique, which could provide highly accurate data suitable for project yields.

Using experience from the Beatrice Demonstrator, Oldbaum delivered the 7.9 Million Euro NORSEWInD project. NORSEWInD is the single biggest LiDAR-based wind measurement database, and this proved without doubt that LiDAR could operate offshore and over extended periods.

Oldbaum’s Technical Director Andy Oldroyd said: “Our continuous evolution and innovation over the years have had a positive impact in the wind industry, reducing costs and increasing access to information”.

The winners will be announced in Edinburgh on 27 November.

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