SgurrEnergy has announced that an offshore risk quantification analysis (ORQA) platform went live this month after the company completed the installation on behalf of Hong Kong Electric Co.
The ORQA is designed to capture meteorological, environmental, wave and tidal data, and uses SgurrEnergy's Galion Lidar, a second-generation laser-based device.
The measurement campaign, conducted near Lamma Island, Hong Kong, will run for one year, and the data captured will be used to inform the planning and construction phases for the proposed offshore wind farm.
"The Galion Lidar offers the ability to scan both the full rotor and well above," explains Charlie Briggs, project manager at SgurrEnergy. "As turbines get larger and rotors move to the regions of 160 meters to 180 meters in diameter, this ability becomes even more important."
The Galion Lidar is able to acquire measurements inaccessible to other devices, in terms of vertical profiling, both above the platform and in acquisition of hub-height wind-speed data at all proposed turbine locations within the Galion's 4 km range.
As part of the project, the Galion Lidar was independently validated against a calibrated test meteorological mast in Germany. The installation of all measurement equipment was validated on-site in Hong Kong.
In addition to running the measurement campaign, SgurrEnergy will also be providing operations and maintenance services to HEC for the one-year monitoring period.