SgurrEnergy says it is using its Galion LIDAR wind measurement device to carry out an inter-comparison study of all recognized methods for determining turbulence from LIDAR measurements.
According to the company, the study will offer insights into turbulent phenomena that will be used to address several key questions relating to the description of wind conditions and inform decisions on the selection of appropriate turbine technology for wind power projects.
The research is being conducted at SgurrEnergy's Carrot Moor test facility, based at the Whitelee wind farm in Scotland. The company says the wind farm's unique location and complex terrain allows testing of wind sensing equipment in a realistic deployment setting.
The methods being investigated include convergent scan geometries – sometimes referred to as "virtual mast," "dual Doppler," "multi-Lidar" or "windscanner" techniques – conventional wind profiling scan geometries, staring mode, and six-beam scan geometries proposed specifically for quantifying turbulence.