Hinesburg, Vt.-based NRG Systems, a manufacturer of wind measurement equipment, and Leosphere, a French company that provides lidar for atmospheric observations, have formed a global joint venture to expand the use of remote sensing with lidar in the wind energy industry. The first product of the partnership is the WINDCUBE lidar wind measurement system, a remote sensor used in site assessment and wind farm performance monitoring.
‘The WINDCUBE is the result of 20 years of intensive research and development,’ says Alex Sauvage, president and CEO of Leosphere. ‘It's a flexible, easy-to-use technology that has proven to reduce data uncertainty and project risks in the wind energy industry.’
The WINDCUBE has been deployed by developers, consultants, turbine manufacturers and research institutes in 18 countries. In site assessment, the portable system is used to capture actual measurements at heights up to 200 meters that can be used along with met mast data.
The WINDCUBE lidar remote sensor provides 200-meter vertical wind profiles, mapping wind speed and direction, turbulence and wind shear. The portable system includes 10 programmable measurement heights with an automatic data filter for ready-to-use data, and a waterproof, dust-proof enclosure for all weather conditions.