SgurrEnergy says its Galion LIDAR system was deployed last month on FINO1, an offshore met mast. Located in the German North Sea, the offshore research platform is equipped by the German Wind Energy Institute with meteorological sensors to study the offshore environment.
The three-month deployment of the Galion G250 offshore model on the platform will primarily be used to measure the vertical profile of the wind. As the first 3D scanning LIDAR system to be deployed on FINO1, more advanced mast replacement scans can be tested along with wind flow visualization scanning, SgurrEnergy explains.
It is expected that the data acquired by Galion will be used to understand the conditions in which large offshore turbines operate, the company adds.
The G250 offshore model deployed on FINO1 is a short-range unit and, within its 250-meter range, allows measurements to be made in any direction, SgurrEnergy explains, adding that measuring to heights twice that of the FINO1 met mast will provide a data set that accurately represents wind flow across the entire span of the rotor.