The 3D-scanning capability of SgurrEnergy’s Galion Lidar, combined with its pulsed Lidar technology, allows the G250 Offshore model to acquire a hemisphere of wind data with a 500m diameter footprint.
Now Galion Lidar has been deployed on FINO1, Europe’s most established offshore met mast. Located in the German North Sea, the offshore research platform is equipped by German Wind Energy Institute, DEWI, with meteorological sensors to study the offshore environment.
The FINO 1 platform, brought into service in 2003, is used to execute extensive technical and biological measuring programmes and the results make an important contribution towards improving the available data for the offshore area under investigation. This data will help to reduce the existing risks in the design, erection and operation of offshore wind turbines.
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 to be deployed on FINO1, more advanced mast replacement scans can be trialled along with wind flow visualisation scanning. It is expected that the data acquired by Galion will be used to inform understanding of the conditions in which large offshore turbines operate.