ZephIR 300, a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) product from Natural Power, has been deployed offshore at the Dogger Bank wind farm by the Forewind consortium in order to provide wind measurement data.
The system has been installed on RWE Dea U.K.'s gas platform 125 km from shore and will provide wind speeds at heights between approximately 10 meters and 200 meters throughout the four-year deployment.
The Forewind consortium consists of RWE npower renewables, SSE, Statoil and Statkraft. The first of various consents required for the Dogger Bank project is anticipated in late 2014.
The ZephIR 300 LIDAR will provide data on the local wind characteristics for use in early site design activities and is expected to improve the evaluation of the overall project wind resource by enhancing the validation of local wind modeling, according to Natural Power.