ZX Lidars’ offshore Lidar ZX 300M will be deployed to begin taking measurements up to 300 meters from their installed position on gas platforms to support the assessment of potential wind energy in the Adriatic area.
Best practice for any wind development is to measure wind conditions at heights that correspond to the expected wind turbines’ heights. With the introduction of 15 MW+ generators, this introduces 260-meter hub heights and 220-meter rotor diameters, eliminating the feasibility of using met masts.
ZX 300M has been responsible for more than 95% of offshore wind measurements from floating platforms, and the use of the technology has attracted more than £150 billion in clean energy investment in the last five years. It is expected that Megajoule’s deployment of these lidars will also be used to finance future offshore wind farm development in the Adriatic.
“For decades, we installed tall met masts at sea – it was the way offshore wind resource assessment was done,” comments a spokesperson for Megajoule. “Today’s modern approach is with lidar, specifically ZX 300M, which in a relatively short period of time has probably already gathered more offshore wind data than ever previously existed from masts. It is the new standard for offshore wind resource assessment, and Megajoule is proud to sign contracts with our confidential client and with ZX Lidars to unlock the future of offshore wind in the Adriatic.”