UK-based energy services company Wood has completed its first commercial lidar test at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s new test and verification facility in Fife, Scotland.
The 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine’s onshore met mast is on the Fife coast and operated by ORE Catapult. It is claimed to be the only open access facility in the UK that offers the opportunity to test, demonstrate and verify up to four lidar systems at any one time against offshore wind resources.
ORE Catapult operational performance director Chris Hill said: “The unique position of the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine and its met mast, being classed as an offshore wind turbine but accessible from the shore, means the wind resource is excellent and typically representative of what developers might experience offshore.
“The combination of highly reliable meteorological data and Catapult lidar test and verification specialists makes our unique facility ideal for developers to test and verify their remote sensor technologies for both onshore and offshore needs.
“Our site represents the only coastal location in the UK that offers lidar verification services, enabling Levenmouth to become a premier location for lidar testing in Europe, and the outstanding success of this first commercial test means we are now fully open for business.”
Wood noted that its Galion lidar system was completed ahead of schedule, and the test site was developed with support from the Scottish Government.
Information gathered during the test has further allowed the engineering company to fill its ‘data bin’, as well as verify its equipment.
Wood’s innovation director Alan Mortimer said: “Wood is delighted to have had the opportunity to access ORE Catapult’s new lidar test facility at the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine site.
“The test facility offers a unique, controlled and secure location otherwise not available in Scotland to allow the testing of remote sensing equipment. Installing met masts for monitoring environmental conditions at new offshore renewable installations is time-consuming and expensive.
“Lidar presents a more cost-effective option for developers, providing comprehensive and accurate data that meets the needs of investors whilst also supporting design optimisation and cost of energy reduction.”