As the world is quickly adopting to less intrusive, more efficient power generation schemes, offshore wind is topping the list because of its ability to deliver power either directly to the grid or into battery storage systems.
From an article in CleanTechnica by Raymond Tribdino.
Offshore wind is also becoming a default because it doesn’t interfere with a landscape of a seashore or a mountain range and is located far enough from human settlements so as to not cause disruptions in the case of massive typhoons or hurricanes typical of areas where OSW are sited.
On March 15th, BlueFloat Energy, a major offshore wind developer, announced that its Winds of September project has taken a step further by successfully deploying a floating LiDAR in the waters off Hsinchu, Taiwan. Two days ago the results of this floating LiDAR after gathering of local metocean data, including wind, wave, and current, already resulted in initial data necessary to develop the floater and mooring system design, as well both determine and refine the wind data assessment.
Named after the strong winds blowing in the Hsinchu region every September, BlueFloat Energy’s first project in Taiwan has a planned capacity of over 1,000 MW and is located 25 km off the coast of Hsinchu County and Hsinchu City in an area of around 125 square-kilometers at around 70-80m water depth.
Scanning and floating equipment are quickly replacing met masts in the offshore wind industry. Industry specialists agree that the technology has already come to a required maturity for large-scale commercialization. And this is why Bluefloat wants to encourage the use of floating LiDAR in its new and upcoming project in the Philippines.
“Met mast measurements cannot deliver the accuracy of the floating LiDAR system simply because it is a permanent location very far from the actual location of an OSW farm. The variations in the wind data and more important in the characteristics of the sea in the area—depth, wave formation and height, wave speed and wind speed is only a calculation using a met-mast, even with a LiDAR installation. More importantly, measurements for various turbine sizes can be easily calculated with data from a floating LIDAR,” a representative of the Danish engineering consultancy K2 Management (K2M) told CleanTechnica.
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