Telemetry systems developer AXYS Technologies has deployed the Vindicator III, a simultaneous pulse LiDAR enclosed in the WindSentinel Land Station, on a man-made island at the entrance of Chesapeake Bay, to advance offshore wind energy in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The Vindicator III LiDAR is being installed for a period of up to a year, as part of a project to improve wind forecasting models of WeatherFlow. It has already been deployed for a field verification period next to a tall met mast at Stumpy Point, North Carolina.
The small island is part of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) complex.
Designed and manufactured by Optical Air Data Systems (OADS) in Virginia, the Vindicator III uses three fixed beams to take multi-point measurements. The entire system is custom configurable with a variety of additional sensors for monitoring wind, weather and other parameters.
WeatherFlow business development director Steve Woll said that the company is looking forward to using the WindSentinel’s data to better capture the highly variable features of the coastal wind regime.
"That understanding will help us improve our forecast model and better characterize the winds at the offshore Wind Energy Areas," Woll said.
The project will be funded by the Virginia Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF).
AXYS said that the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute (VT-ARI) will provide third-party validation of the WeatherFlow model by comparing model outputs at different forecast time horizons and locations with the Vindicator III measurements and conventional anemometer measurements at the CBBT Third Island and the Chesapeake Light Tower (CLT).