28 Nov 2017

Press release: Leosphere Presents its Wind Iris Lidar for Turbine Control to OEMs in the Wake of Goldwind’s E-Farm Announcement

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Paris, France, 28 November 2017. Leosphere announces a quantum leap in wind turbine ROI with the Wind Iris TC (Turbine Control). This new Lidar sensor, providing real-time characterization of wind up to 200 metres in front of the rotor plane enables turbine manufacturers to make major strides in improving the efficiency of wind energy production both on and offshore. 

leosphere2017-wind-iris-tcThe Wind Iris TC platform, used in China’s Goldwind’s ground-breaking E-Farm technology, is the output of Leosphere’s Avent Lidar Technology program and the result of years of intensive research and development to deliver the first Lidar matching the reliability and performance requirements to be installed as a component of today’s advanced wind turbines.

“Leosphere has been investing in maturing Lidar-Assisted Control since 2009” said Alexandre Sauvage, CEO of Leosphere. “We have been working closely with some of the world’s leading turbine manufacturers, as well as other key experts in this industry, to enable the entire wind industry to finally harvest the potential of this technology. With the knowledge we have acquired, the solution we have developed and our unique track record as the world’s number one Lidar provider, we can short circuit the development process for any OEM wanting to enable their turbines to see and react to the wind before it reaches the rotor.”

The Wind Iris TC Lidar measures all essential incoming wind conditions, including rotor averaged wind speed, wind direction, shear and turbulence, at multiple distances before it reaches the turbine rotor. This provides the turbine control system with the essential rotor coverage and preview time required to establish and implement appropriate control actions before the wind reaches the rotor with the critical measurement accuracy and precision required to extract maximum benefit from conditions as the wind reaches the rotor plane.

“Our years of research have shown that only the market leading capabilities of the Wind Iris TC delivers the performance to successfully implement an efficiency improvement of this magnitude that works in the real world throughout a turbine’s lifetime and not just in a simple test scenario”, commented Thomas Velociter, Leader of Leosphere’s Avent program. “The industry expects a Lidar that allows a total transformation of the control system and, with it, a new set of rules and design limits, not just the simple replacement of existing sensors. The Wind Iris TC gives the turbine a short look into the future, providing it with all the time it needs to prepare for the wind before it arrives at the rotor plane. ”

In addition, integrating the Lidar into the turbine platform also enables optimized operation of the wind turbine over the entire lifetime of the investment by improving the alignment, gaining additional turbine availability, extending turbine life and reducing maintenance costs. Thus manufacturers can reduce LCOE significantly and improve profitability of both existing and new schemes.

Whether installed as part of turbine construction or as a retrofit as an element in a turbine life-extension project, Lidar assisted turbine control technology has the potential to redefine wind turbine design limits by reducing loads, mitigating extreme events and increasing energy capture. With typical load reductions from 10-15%, operators can use the longest possible turbine blades for a given class, or even upgrade the wind class of a given turbine platform, both of which will lead to significant energy production increases.

The system uses four beams and ten simultaneous measurements at a frequency of 4Hz across the 200m range to capture events several seconds before they reach the rotor plane and track them as they evolve. Thus it provides a robust representation of the wind field in front of the rotor that is vital to ensure reliable control actions under all possible circumstances.

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Press Release available in PDF format here: leosphere_pressrelease-wind-iris-turbine-control

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

About LEOSPHERE
LEOSPHERE, founded in 2004, and its subsidiary AVENT Lidar Technology are world leaders in ground-based and nacelle-mounted LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) for atmospheric observation. The companies design, develop, manufacture, sell and service new turnkey remote-sensing instruments allowing wind measurement and aerosol characterization. LEOSPHERE has deployed hundreds of LIDARs throughout the world in severe environments. www.leosphere.com

For more information please contact:

Laurie BERTHIER, Communications Manager, Leosphere lberthier@leosphere.com

Adela GIURCAU, Marketing Manager, Leosphere,  agiurcau@leosphere-avent.com

19 Nov 2017

Wind Europe Conference and Exhibition 2017

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Come and meet us at Wind Europe Conference and Exhibition

BOOTH n°1D92

 

28th – 30th November 2017

Amsterdam – Netherlands

More information about the event here : https://windeurope.org/confex2017/?ref=WindEurope

18 Sep 2017

Leosphere at MTWE – Current projects Lidars for weather observation will be presented

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Leosphere is speaking at MTWE conferences: Dr Ludovic Thobois will present current projects implementing Doppler Lidars network for weather observation.

Day 2 – Measurement and Technology
Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 from 15:30 to 16:00 – Conference room  – Hall 8

Inserting multi-function lidars into operational weather observation networks. Existing weather observation networks have been continuously evolving from synoptic network with synoptic stations, satellites and now remote sensing. The emergence of new sensors like the coherent Doppler lidars based on optical fibre technology implies a rethink of the architecture of existing networks. In this paper, a study will be presented to list the opportunities offered by such sensors and the challenges to overcome in order to insert them into existing networks. A series of trials and pioneer projects will be presented, showing recent advancements in terms of validated products and how to combine them with other sensors.

Speaker : Dr Ludovic Thobois – Aviation & Meteorology Science & Applications Manager

lthobois2 Dr Ludovic Thobois received a Phd Thesis from INP Toulouse, France in Fluid dynamics (2006). He studied large eddy simulations of turbulent flows close to surfaces without and with chemistry. He joined in 2011 the advanced research division of Leosphere as the scientific studies manager. He was in charge of developing new post-processing techniques for providing more accurate and relevant observations from Lidar raw data. He is an active participant of several working groups in Europe in charge of exploring the capabilities of new remote sensors for meteorology and air quality purposes.

For more information about conferences, please click here

19 Jul 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Leading wind experts claim LiDAR becoming the clear choice for bankable offshore wind measurements, saving millions on costs

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London, 18 July 2017. Leading wind measurement experts gathered in London claimed that LiDARs have been replacing met masts to become the sole wind measurement tool used for offshore resource assessment and power curve verification purposes. These experts stated that LiDAR technology had over the years fully proven its ability to provide wind measurements as reliably as met masts. They also claimed that LiDARs are faster, easier and much cheaper to deploy, enabling significant development and operational cost reductions.

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At a seminar hosted by Leosphere at the Offshore Wind Conference 2017, top wind measurement experts explained that years of successful LiDAR validation campaigns and strong competitiveness have led industry leaders to choose this technology over met masts for offshore wind feasibility studies as well as power curve verification tests.

Experience has taught us that the uncertainty levels offered by LiDARs are at least on par with those offered by met masts. Although we still encounter performance misconceptions surrounding LiDAR technology, it is now hopefully a mere question of time before the industry as a whole recognizes this technology, and IEC standards are adapted accordingly,” explained Anders Thoft Marcussen, Head of Measurements at DONG Energy and chairman of the London LiDAR Seminar. In practice, the use of nacelle mounted LiDARs is already frequently required in the turbine supply agreement for power curve verification testing, even if LiDAR measurements are not yet covered by IEC standards.

Met masts cannot compete with LiDARs on cost in the offshore market. On the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Ltd (BOWL) project, a 588MW 84 turbine offshore wind farm off the North East coast of Scotland, the wind measurement campaign was carried out without the use of a met mast. BOWL chose instead to install two vertical profiler LiDARs which enabled them to start the measurement campaign much earlier and without the significant costs associated with installing an offshore met mast. After 12 months of LiDAR wind measurement the project had the essential data needed to help achieve financial close on this £2.6 billion offshore project.

For an offshore project developed by RES, the installation of a met mast, estimated at €12 million, was ruled out in favour of a single fixed LiDAR, coupled with two floating LiDARs.  The fixed LiDAR, installed on a nearby lighthouse, and the floating LiDARs located at points across the wind farm zone, enabled the company to secure reliable, bankable data adding millions of euros to the project value in addition to the millions in cost savings and the elimination of the health and safety risks associated with large met mast installation.

LiDARs have become a reliable, robust measurement system that ultimately delivers the high-quality data to minimise uncertainty and risk while maximising value. The prevailing view among experts is that the future of resource assessment is short masts coupled with LiDAR for onshore, and for offshore probably just the LiDAR. Today, LiDARs are commercially ready and already used in major projects around the world. It’s a trend that is going to continue both offshore and onshore, even in complex flow sites,” concluded Alexandre Sauvage, CEO of Leosphere.


About the LiDAR User Experience session: “Sharing LiDAR practices from financing to performance verification”

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At the Offshore Wind conference 2017 in London, Leosphere brought its community together, offering a unique opportunity for users to challenge their views and learn about the potential offered by LiDAR technology, quickly becoming a standard in offshore.Major offshore wind energy players have shared their experience on a wide range of applications, from energy yield assessment to contractual power performance testing. Best practices in offshore Lidar applications from different perspectives were presented, with case studies from developers, OEMs and consultants.

All presentations are available on request

  • Deutsche WindGuard – “Application of Nacelle Based Lidar for Offshore Power Curve Tests”
  • ECN“Offshore wind development with standalone Lidar”
  • EDF EN“Reducing uncertainties: vertical profiler, floating, scanning and nacelle Lidars”
  • MHI Vestas “Power curve verification with nacelle two-beam Lidar on V164-8.0 MW”
  • RES“Lidar: Just better than a mast?”
  • Siemens “From R&D to Plug & Play: 8 years of nacelle Lidar experience”
  • SSE “Replacing masts with Lidar for financing and performance assessment”
  • UL DEWI “Offshore Wind Lidar since 2009: from R&D to commercial applications”
Press Release available in PDF format here
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10 May 2017

Offshore Wind Energy – Join our Lidar user session

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This year, we’ve decided to bring together our community and create a Lidar user session within the upcoming Offshore Wind Energy 2017 in London (6-8th of June, Day 1).

A large panel of key players in the offshore industry will share their Lidar experience with different perspectives: Deutsche WindGuard, ECN, EDF EN, MHI Vestas, RES, Siemens, SSE and UL DEWI.

This free event is a special opportunity to learn and engage on a wide range of offshore applications, from energy yield assessment to contractual power performance testing.

We will conclude with a networking session followed by a reception at Leosphere’s booth (N-D60).

WHEN? Day 1, presentations from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, followed by a networking reception.

WHERE? Conference area, Capital Suite Room 13 – Conference Area – Level 3

HOW? Open to everyone upon registration. To confirm your attendance, please contact offshorewind2017@leosphere.com or visit the Leosphere stand N-D60 (North Hall). Click here to join our Lidar user session

CAN’T MAKE THE LIDAR USER SESSION? Join our reception (end of Day 1) on our booth N-D60 or schedule a meeting! Click here to schedule a meeting


 

 

14 Feb 2017

PRESS RELEASE: A Long Range Scanning Windcube in use for Artic climate study

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A Leosphere Windcube 100S is currently being operated by KOPRI (Korea Polar Research Institute) for Arctic atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) wind measurement, as required research activity for weather and climate prediction project of KOPRI.

KOPRI is the one and only organization in South Korea which is dedicated to operate research infrastructures at Polar Regions. In January 2016, KOPRI launched the “KPOPS” (Korea Polar Prediction System) project, where the main objectives are to better understand Arctic climate and to improve prediction of weather and climate in mid-latitude regions.

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“It is now well known that Arctic is suffering climate change and climate of the Arctic affects mid-latitudes deeply. So we are very eager to understand what’s going on in the Arctic and want to improve climate model to better predict weather/climate in Korea” says Sang-Jong Park, KOPRI senior research scientist in charge of observational study in the KPOPS project.

The KPOPS project also involves Seoul National University (SNU), Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Florida State University (FSU), and takes place in the Artic Dasan station in Ny-Alesund, Svalbard archipelago, Norway.

In this project, the Windcube 100S is collecting wind data on a continuous basis to understand 3D characteristics of the ABL of the Arctic. The second objective is to study the interaction of the ABL and Arctic clouds to understand their life cycle.

The Leosphere Windcube was chosen for the KPOPS project because of its demonstrated ability to profile the ABL with a good data availability and quality, and for the limited required maintenance, even when deployed outside in very harsh environmental conditions like those observed in Ny-Alesund.

The Windcube 100S is being successfully operated since mid-October at the Arctic Dasan station, not far from another Leosphere Windcube operating since 2013 by the German Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). The first measurements gathered during the 2016-2017 winter will be compared with the AWI Windcube data.

Press Release available in PDF format : a-windcube-lidar-in-use-for-artic-climate-study_02072017

Pictures Copyright © *2017* Leosphere*, All rights reserved. – Courtesy of Leosphere and KOPRI

10 Feb 2017

INTERMET ASIA

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Singapore, 21-22 March 2017 –  Join us on our booth # D8

Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City

More information about the fair : http://www.intermet.asia/

01 Feb 2017

World ATM CONGRESS 2017

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Madrid, Spain 7-9 March 2017

Join us on our booth # 359

More information about the fair : http://www.worldatmcongress.org/

19 Jan 2017

Retours sur “La nuit du Vent” à La Fondation Cartier – Paris

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La Fondation Cartier  a organisé  à Paris le 8 Novembre 2016 dernier la  «Nuit du Vent ».

L’idée était de s’interroger sur la nature du vent, de manière scientifique tout d’abord, puis de manière musicale et littéraire. A cette occasion, nous avons été invité à présenter notre Windcube. Nous avons pu faire découvrir à un nouveau public la technologie du Lidar à travers une démonstration pédagogique. Les mesures de vent ont pu être retranscrites en live par liaison ethernet puis projetées sur grand écran.

Animée par Cédric Villani, célèbre mathématicien et écrivain français, la soirée fut riche de rencontres, de projections et de lectures.

Pour en savoir plus : https://www.sortiraparis.com/scenes/spectacle/articles/127983-nuit-du-vent-a-la-fondation-cartier

 

Photos réalisées par ©Olivier Ouadah

 

Voici les différentes interventions de la soirée:

–          Liaison directe avec le voilier Tara – Martin Hertau

Skype avec Martin Hertau, capitaine du voilier Tara, depuis l’atoll de Maupihaa dans le Pacifique. Présentation de la mission actuelle de TARA et discussion sur la navigation à voile et la prise en compte des vents.

–          Mythes et mots du vent – Jean Loïc Le Quellec

Prise de parole de Jean Loïc Le Quellec, anthropologue, mythologue et préhistorien à l’Institut des mondes africains du CNRS sur les mythes du vent, et plus particulièrement les figures du tempestaire. Intervention liée à la projection du Tempestaire de Jean Epstein.

–          Les Vents du système solaire – François Forget

Prise de parole de François Forget, spécialiste des atmosphères des planètes du système solaire, sur les phénomènes de vent sur et autour de ces planètes.

–          Explication météorologique/scientifique du vent – Valerie Masson-Delmotte (à confirmer)

Prise de parole de Valérie Masson-Delmotte, paléoclimatologue, sur le phénomène du vent et son lien avec la question du climat.

–          Instruments de mesure du vent – Le Windcube de Leosphere

Démonstration en temps réel par Paul Mazoyer, un collaborateur de la société Leosphere de Windcube, outil de mesure du vent utilisant la technologie Lidar Doppler.

30 Nov 2016

Leosphere présent au salon Pollutec sur le stand de l’IFPEN – Lyon – 29 novembre au 2 décembre 2016

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Venez nous rencontrer cette semaine au salon Pollutec sur le stand de l’IFPEN Hall : 4 | Allée : K | Stand : 147

Le salon Pollutec c’est  quoi ?

    • Premier salon généraliste de l’environnement d’envergure internationale, Pollutec facilite la rencontre des professionnels autour des solutions innovantes et des nouvelles thématiques environnementales.
    • 2500 exposants
    • 400 conférences et émissions
    • 8 grands secteurs d’activité concernés : DÉCHETS ET VALORISATION DE LA MATIÈRE / EAU ET EAUX USÉES / INSTRUMENTATION, MÉTROLOGIE, AUTOMATION / ENERGIE / AIR / RISQUES / SITES ET SOLS / COLLECTIFS RÉGIONAUX ET INTERNATIONAUX INSTITUTIONS – RECHERCHE – FINANCEMENT – ACHATS RESPONSABLES –

Pour en savoir un peu plus sur le salon : http://www.pollutec.com/Le-salon/Presentation-du-salon.htm

IFP Energies nouvelles est un organisme public de recherche, d’innovation et de formation dans les domaines de l’énergie, du transport et de l’environnement. avec qui Leosphere travaille depuis plusieurs années sur différents projets. Pour en savoir un peu plus sur l’IFPEN :http://www.ifpenergiesnouvelles.fr/

 

18 Oct 2016

ATC LOCAL – New York State – Article in MTI magazine – September 2016

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MTI article 2016- ATC LOCAL – New York State Mesonet  by Ludovic Thobois from Leosphere, Everette Joseph, Jerald Brotzge, Chris Thorncroft from University of Albany, and Paul Drewniak from Renewable NRG Systems

September 2016 Issue of Meteorological Technology International magazine.

 

 

18 Oct 2016

Leosphere présent au Colloque National Eolien 2016

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Leosphere présent au Colloque National Eolien 2016
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Pitch Innovation – Intervention sur les applications innovantes de la technologie LIDAR (Paul Mazoyer / Ingénieur Applications)

Pour visionner la présentation, cliquez sur le lien suivant : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLNynNS0-70

 

09 Aug 2016

Weather the storm – Article from MTI magazine – April 2016

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Weather the storm – by Ludovic Thobois and David Langohr -Leosphere

April 2016 Issue of Meteorological Technology International magazine.

09 Aug 2016

Nowcasting severe storms – observing clear air close proximity environment of severe storms

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Nowcasting severe storms – observing clear air close proximity environment of severe storms –  by Ludovic Thobois and Joshua Soderholm

September 2015 Issue of Meteorological Technology International magazine

30 May 2016

New project with Nass&Wind Smart Services : Launching of Wind measurement campaign with a Windcube LiDAR Buoy off the coast of Dunkirk in France

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Lorient, the 27th of May 2016 – Nass&Wind Smart Services installed its Wind LiDAR Buoy, the M3EA platform (Marine Measurements for Meteorological and Environmental Assessment), off the coast of Dunkirk in France. Our system is now collecting wind data to achieve the set objectives, wind resource assessment and characterization for the future offshore wind farm.

« We aim at proposing those data to future players, from private or governmental entities, who would show interest for the Dunkirk’ offshore wind farm », said Romain Baronnet, managing director of Nass&Wind Smart Services.
On Monday, the 4th of April 2016, Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, announced the third offshore wind farm tender for a site off the coast of Dunkirk. The call for tender procedure should be launched during this summer.
The M3EA system developed by Nass&Wind Smart Services, mounted with a LEOSPHERE Wind LiDAR measurement system, demonstrated its capacities to successfully comply with the expected recommendations for such campaign (Carbon trust Offshore Wind Accelerator roadmap for the commercial acceptance of floating LiDAR technology). This M3EA Wind LiDAR Buoy installed on the Dunkirk site has been tested and validated by DNV GL.

 

Media contact: Phone/ +33 (0)2 97 37 56 06 – email/ contact@nass-et-wind.com
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Nass&Wind Smart Services : http://nassetwind.com/en/nasswind-smart-services-2/

25 Jun 2015

NOAA buys WINDCUBE Scanning Lidars from Renewable NRG systems

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Renewable NRG Systems, a designer and manufacturer of decision support tools for the global renewable energy industry, announced today the recent sale of two WINDCUBE 200S 3D Scanning Doppler Lidars to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

WINDCUBE 200S Lidars incorporate advanced techniques to measure the wind components on a large scale for short term campaigns or long term operations to reduce wind flow modeling uncertainties, understand physical phenomena such as wakes, and improve wind forecasting. They are able to perform a full 3D mapping of the atmosphere to provide remote measurements of wind speed, direction, turbulence, and boundary layer height.

10 Jun 2015

TR6 Technical Guidelines for Wind Resource Assessment with standalone Lidar measurements now available in English

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To see the document : http://www.wind-fgw.de/tr_engl.html

28 May 2015

Improving the energy efficiency of wind turbines: Launch of the ANR SmartEole project on wind turbine control technologies

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The SmartEole project has just been launched following the French National Research Agency (ANR) call for projects on the theme “The energy efficiency of processes and systems”. This project is aimed at improving the energy production efficiency and lifespan of wind turbines via the development of innovative control solutions.

One of the major challenges for the development of the wind power sector is reducing the cost of the energy produced. The implementation of advanced wind turbine control systems represents one of the levers to optimize performance and achieve production gains.

Scheduled to last three and a half years, the SmartEole project is being led by PRISME, a laboratory of the University of Orléans, working alongside three research partners, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), Le Laboratoire de Mécanique de Lille (LML–CNRS //University of Lille 1 // Ecole centrale de Lille // Ecole nationale supérieure d’arts et métiers de Lille) and the Laboratoire d’analyse et d’architecture des systèmes (LAAS-CNRS), along with two industrial partners, Maia Eolis and Avent Lidar Technology.

SmartEole will lead to the development of control techniques designed to improve the operating conditions of wind turbines. The challenge is to integrate sensor systems (particularly Lidar) capable of accurately detecting incoming wind speed, direction and intensity. By measuring incoming wind, it will be possible to implement real-time control strategies to optimize nacelle and blade orientation. By anticipating the optimum orientation of the wind turbine via the measurement of incoming wind, the mechanical constraints placed on the structure (mast and blades) are significantly reduced, thereby decreasing maintenance costs and increasing the lifespan of the structure. SmartEole also aims to underpin this strategy with innovative concepts, making it possible to reduce mechanical fluctuations for shorter characteristic times via an active flow control system
on the blades.

The control technologies developed within the project will thus be deployed on several scales – the blades, the turbines and the wind farm as a whole – and will form the focus of a range of research, from fundamental research conducted at lab scale up to full-scale demonstration in real conditions.

Two types of experimentation are planned:
– full-scale testing on a Maia Eolis wind farm using control strategies developed by IFPEN with Avent Lidar Technology sensors.
– wind tunnel measurements in facilities operated by LML and PRISME laboratories, with validation of control strategies developed by LAAS-CNRS and PRISME.

To know more about this projet, you are invited to consult the PDF document.

28 May 2015

Two Windcube 100s Scanning Wind Lidars installed for The Norcowe measurement campaign at FINO1

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With good support from FINO operator FuE FH Kiel, scientists from CMR this week successfully completed the first installation phase for the offshore boundary layer experiment at FINO1, OBLEX-F1. Two Windcube 100s scanning wind lidars from LeoSphere and a RPG HATPRO microwave temperature profiler are now operational and connected to the FINO1 network, providing online data access, remote monitoring and control of the instruments.

Photo by Benny SvardalPhoto by Benny Svardal

Deployment of the oceanographic instrumentation is planned for the first week of June with the research vessel Håkon Mosby from IMR. In the same timeframe, we will proceed with the second installation phase at FINO1 for the DCF sonic turbulence meters and breaking wave camera system. The meteorological and oceanographic measurements will run in parallel until the fall, when the oceanographic measurement buoys will be recovered. The meteorological measurements for OBLEX-F1 at FINO1 will continue until June 2016.

 

The FINO1 Measurement campaign, OBLEX-F1

NORCOWE is starting up an extensive offshore measurement campaign at the German research platform FINO1 close to Alpha Ventus wind farm. The campaign will take place from May 2015 to June 2016, and is carried out by CMR and UIB in close cooperation with the other Norcowe partners, FuE-Zentrum FH Kiel, Fraunhofer IWES, RAVE and ForWind. Benny Svardal at Christian Michelsen Research is responsible for the project management.

The key purpose of the campaign is to improve our knowledge of the marine boundary layer stability, air-sea interaction and offshore wake propagation effects. The collected observational data will be used to validate and improve numerical models and tools for i.e. weather forecasting, marine operations, power performance and wind farm layout. Additionally the campaign scope will cover research on motion correction techniques for floating sensor platforms.

In order to provide unique datasets for the study of boundary layer stability in undisturbed offshore conditions, we will perform simultaneous measurements of wind, temperature and humidity profiles in the MABL. By employing microwave radiometer and lidar remote sensing technology, we are able to map the boundary layer conditions continuously up to an altitude of 1000m.  To investigate the atmospheric stability around the wind farm, as well as the interaction of the Alpha Ventus wind turbines with the atmosphere and each other, NORCOWE plan to install two scanning lidar systems and a microwave-radiometer on the research platform. This is the first time that such an instrument is installed at on offshore location. Both the Lidar systems and the radiometer are able to perform continuous measurements up to an altitude of 1000 m.

In addition to the meteorological measurements from the FINO 1 platform, and the floating lidar buoy measurements provided by IWES, oceanographic instruments will be deployed near FINO1 for a shorter period. This instrumentation, mounted on bottom frames, submerged buoys, and the autonomous SailBuoy, will monitor wave statistics, surface currents and turbulence in the upper oceanic mixed layer. The collection of these data is crucial for studying air-sea exchange processes, which are known to influence the structure of the vertical wind profile and the atmospheric stability.

The deployed instrumentation will provide a highly versatile data set for investigation of the offshore wind profiles, wind shear and turbulence intensity as a function of atmospheric stability in and around the wind farm. The gathered data opens for the investigation of the structure, extension, dynamics and persistence of single turbine wakes and the near farm wake of Alpha Ventus.

Benny Svardal (Christian Michelsen Research AS)

To know more about: http://www.norcowe.no/index.cfm?id=423614

05 May 2015

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has bought from Renewable NRG Systems two Windcube 200S

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The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has bought from Renewable NRG Systems two Windcube 200S 3D scanning doppler lidars.Windcube-200S-_NOAA-Boulder

NOAA’s chemical sciences division will use the units for a variety of measurement purposes, starting with the XPIA experiment at the Boulder Atmospheric Observatory (BAO) this month.

The Experiment is a field campaign that aims to quantify uncertainties in Doppler lidar measurements of wind conditions.

The project is being conducted with funding from the Department of Energy.

More details: http://renews.biz/87815/noaa-takes-lidar-delivery/

27 Apr 2015

Dong banks on floating lidar

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Dong Energy’s 258MW Burbo Bank 2 in the UK is the first offshore project to proceed on the back of floating lidar wind data.

The Danish developer decided to press on with construction of the scheme, which will feature 32 MHI Vestas V164 8MW turbines, in December.

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To know more about: http://renews.biz/87586/floating-lidar-kick-starts-burbo-2/

 

20 Apr 2015

ATC GLOBAL

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates 5-7 October 2015  http://www.atcglobalhub.com/

20 Apr 2015

METEOHYDEX

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Geneva, Switzerland, 1-3 June 2015   http://www.meteohydex.com/

20 Apr 2015

ILRC

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New-York, USA 5-10 July 2015 http://ilrc27.org/

20 Apr 2015

EWEA TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP

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Helsinki, Finland 2-3 June 2015, http://www.ewea.org/events/workshops/resource-assessment-2015/

Contact: Lorenzo Morselli / techworkshops@ewea.org / +32 2 213 18 21

Web: http://bit.ly/EWEARA15

07 Apr 2015

3 new Windcube 100S scanning Lidars have been acquiered by NORCOWE

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Met profiles at roof of Bergen

NORCOWE has added new state-of-the-art instrumentation to the Centre’s infrastructure pool for meteorological characterization. Through the OBLO project 3 new Windcube 100S scanning lidars and 2 new RPG HATPRO microwave radiometers have been acquired from LEOSPHERE and Radiometer Physics, respectively.

 

The units have been through acceptance testing and calibration, and NORCOWE personnel have completed thorough training programs arranged by the suppliers.

The instruments are now deployed at the rooftop of StormGeo, UiB and CMR. For the next weeks we will map the wind and temperature conditions in the complex terrain surrounding Bergen and perform comparative measurements with the weather radar already installed at StormGeo. In addition, this deployment will provide valuable experience with equipment and measurement strategies as preparation for the upcoming FINO1 campaign.

Contact persons:

Dr. Joachim Reuder, Uib: joachim.reuder(at)gfi.uib.no

Dr. Olav Krogsæter, StormGeo: Olav.Krogsaeter(at)stormgeo.com

Benny Svardal, CMR: benny.svardal(at)cmr.no

NORCOWE | Phone: +47 55 57 40 40 | Fax: +47 55 57 40 41 | E-mail: post(at)norcowe.no

20 Mar 2015

FLiDAR completes fast, cost effective, accurate and safe offshore wind measurements for Mainstream Renewable Power

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FLiDAR have completed the onsite wind measurements at the Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind farm being developed by Mainstream Renewable Power.

Neart Na Gaoithe, a 448MW wind farm located in the North Sea off the East coast of Scotland, has recently been awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) by the UK government.

The FLiDAR floating LiDAR buoy provided on-site wind measurements and resulted in a considerable development time and cost saving compared to a traditional meteorological mast.

The unit is now decommissioned and undergoing post validation at the ORE Catapult offshore met mast.

Reinhardt Stevens, General Manager of FLiDAR said “We are delighted to have delivered high availability and accurate wind data in such a short time to our client and congratulate Mainstream Renewable Power on being awarded the CfD.”

David Sweenie, Project Manager of Neart na Gaoithe said “Mainstream recognized the innovative approach of FLiDAR from an early stage, bringing accurate wind data at low cost in a short delivery window.

The data provided by FLiDAR has contributed to the great successes of Neart na Gaoithe so far. “   The FLiDAR technology has been developed by 3E, global renewable energy consultancy and software provider, and Offshore & Wind Assistance (OWA), the subsidiary of marine contractor Geosea.   The FLiDAR equipment consists of an industry standard Mobilis buoy equipped with a state-of-the-art buoy-adapted LEOSPHERE WINDCUBEv2 LiDAR held in a passive mechanical stabilisation system. It has previously been tested and validated against fixed met masts in the North Sea and in Irish Sea (as part of the UK’s Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator programme). The performance has been analysed and validated by third parties and has been proven to deliver wind data with accuracy equivalent to standard offshore wind measurements.

CONTACT For further information, please contact: Reinhardt Stevens, General Manager at FLiDAR, Reinhardt.Stevens@flidar.com

About FLiDAR

FLiDAR N.V., based in Oostende, Belgium, is a joint venture established in August 2012 between 3E and OWA (DEME group), to build, deploy and operate floating LiDAR based measurement devices. FLiDAR N.V. combines the experience of 3E, an independent consultant and software services provider with more than 10 years of experience in offshore wind measurement and modelling, OWA, a daughter company of DEME, an offshore contractor with huge amount of experience in offshore operations, LEOSPHERE, the world’s leading manufacturer of LiDAR technology and Mobilis, a buoy supplier with a track record of manufacturing and deploying buoys for long periods in extreme offshore locations. The FLiDAR device can measure wind potential up to 200m above mean sea level with accuracy equivalent to a standard offshore measurement mast, but at significantly lower costs.

23 Dec 2014

World ATM Congress 2015

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Madrid, Spain 10-12 March 2015 http://www.worldatmcongress.org/

23 Dec 2014

EWEA OFFSHORE 2015

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Copenhagen, Denmark -10-12 March 20415 –  http://www.ewea.org/offshore2015/

23 Dec 2014

AMS 2015 Annual Meeting

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Phoenix, USA – 4-8 January 2015 – Fulfilling the Vision of Weather, Water, and Climate Information for Every Need, Time, and Place –http://annual.ametsoc.org/2015/

01 Dec 2014

EDF signs 5 year framework agreement with FLiDAR

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EDF has signed a 5 year framework agreement with FLiDAR for offshore wind resource measurements. FLiDAR, the world’s leading supplier of floating lidar technology, will deploy several of their buoys on EDF offshore wind farms over the coming years.EDF has signed a 5 year framework agreement with FLiDAR for offshore wind resource measurements. FLiDAR, the world’s leading supplier of floating lidar technology, will deploy several of their buoys on EDF offshore wind farms over the coming years.

The FLiDAR units have recently been validated by DNV GL as reaching Stage 2 on the Carbon Trust Roadmap, which greatly reduces the uncertainty of the measured data. The technology is now accepted by the leading players in the offshore wind industry as a low cost and highly accurate alternative to fixed met masts and FLiDAR is at the forefront of this development.

Bruce Douglas, General Manager at FLiDAR, said: “We are delighted to be chosen to deliver our low-cost, high-value wind resource solution to EDF. This 5 year agreement proves the confidence that EDF has in our product and services.”

The FLiDAR technology has been developed by 3E, global renewable energy consultancy and software provider, and Offshore & Wind Assistance (OWA), the subsidiary of marine contractor Geosea.

The FLiDAR equipment consists of an industry standard Mobilis buoy equipped with a state-of-the-art buoy-adapted LEOSPHERE WINDCUBE®v2 LiDAR held in a passive mechanical stabilisation system. It has previously been tested and validated against fixed met masts in the North Sea and in Irish Sea (as part of the UK’s Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator programme). The performance has been analysed and validated by third parties and has been proven to deliver wind data with accuracy equivalent to standard offshore wind measurements.

NOTE TO EDITORS

Upcoming events FLiDAR will be at the following events: EWEA Offshore 2015, Copenhagen, 10-12 March

CONTACT
For further information, please contact:
Reinhardt Stevens, Commercial Manager at FLiDAR, Reinhardt.Stevens@flidar.com

About FLiDAR
FLiDAR N.V., based in Oostende, Belgium, is a joint venture established in August 2012 between 3E and OWA (DEME group), to build, deploy and operate floating LiDAR based measurement devices.
FLiDAR N.V. combines the experience of 3E, an independent consultant and software services provider with more than 10 years of experience in offshore wind measurement and modelling, OWA, a daughter company of DEME, an offshore contractor with huge amount of experience in offshore operations, LEOSPHERE, the world’s leading manufacturer of LiDAR technology and Mobilis, a buoy supplier with a track record of manufacturing and deploying buoys for long periods in extreme offshore locations.
The FLiDAR device can measure wind potential up to 200m above mean sea level with accuracy equivalent to a standard offshore measurement mast, but at significantly lower costs.
www.FLiDAR.com

06 Nov 2014

LEOSPHERE to appoint KONA our official distributor in the UK and Ireland : meet us @ RenewableUK 2014

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LEOSPHERE is pleased to announce that KONA has been appointed our official distributor in the UK and Ireland. KONA (incorporating lynx metmAsts and Shamrock Communications) are a leading specialist supplier of masts, towers and data technologies. Their success and wealth of experience in wind measurement technologies will benefit all our UK and Irish customers.

 

KONA will be delighted to introduce our WINDCUBE v2 system at the Renewable UK event and explain how we can add value to your wind projects with LIDAR technology. Loic Maurillon, our Area Sales Manager will be present on the stand of KONA (booth 232A) and will also be happy to catch up with you.

 

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We are also pleased to invite you to join us at our side event  “KONA Your Data: Our Structures & Leosphere LiDAR technology presentation”, which will take place on Wednesday 12th November from 12:45 – 14:30. This conference and social event will take place at Exchange 10, First Floor. Please register your interest in attending by email to cesina.morroll@konastructures.com.

 

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28 Oct 2014

Standalone LIDAR measurements now included in the latest revision of the German TR6 WRA guideline

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Since September 22nd the latest revision of the German TR6 guideline for Wind Resource Assessment entered into force.

The objective of these Technical Guidelines for Wind Turbines (known since 1998 as FGW Guidelines) is to present measuring methods allowing the determination of reliable and comparable data for the wind power market, based on state-of-the-art technology. The measurement methods described will serve as best practice for Wind Resource Assessment campaigns in Germany.

 

Remote sensing made its entrance in the latest revision as an authorized site assessment method under two conditions: 

– a device verification test, similar to anemometer calibration, should be conducted every two years by a third part

– and the remote sensing device should undertake a classification test, which the WINDCUBE v2 has already successfully passed (report available upon request).

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The guideline now requires 12 consecutive months of measurement, with a minimum data availability of 80%. This represents a major breakthrough for remote sensors now officially recognized by industry leaders as bankable and reliable measurement devices for your wind power development projects.

 

 

 

Only available in German today, an English release of the guideline is expected in the coming months. For more information, please consult : http://www.wind-fgw.de/TR.html

 

06 Oct 2014

One year measurement in Saudi Arabia with WINDCUBE v2

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Alpha Wind Metrum ApS (AWM) has successfully completed a one year WINDCUBE v2 measurement campaign in the desert of Saudi Arabia. The challenge of such deployment was linked to the high temperatures (more than 45°C), the solar radiation (>2300 kWh/m2) and sand storms. As the WINDCUBE v2 has no moving parts, it insured a high reliability and AWM developed a dedicated container with an air conditioning system to sustain the very hot conditions. In the end, the LIDAR provided highly accurate wind speed and direction measurement with great availability. This deployment has shown, one more time, that the WINDCUBE v2 is the measurement tool of choice wherever the location.

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18 Sep 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Mainstream and DNV GL validate floating offshore wind measurement device as part of Carbon Trust OWA programme

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On behalf of Mainstream Renewable Power, DNV GL (formerly GL Garrad Hassan & DNV KEMA) has successfully completed an  independent validation assessment of the FLiDAR offshore wind measurement device. Based on the results, FLiDAR’s floating LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) device has now formally reached Stage 2 on the Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator Roadmap for commercial acceptance.

The FLiDAR equipment consists of a marine buoy equipped with a state-of-the-art buoy-adapted LEOSPHERE WINDCUBE®v2 LiDAR held in a passive mechanical stabilisation system.

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09 Sep 2014

Enhancing ash surveillance in Iceland

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As a consequence of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010, which caused major disruptions to the European air traffic, the Icelandic Meteorological Office and ISAVIA underwent a number of initiatives to improve the existing infrastructure for better monitoring and mitigating the impact of future explosive eruptions on aviation.

After some internal research, LIDAR technology was quickly identified by IMO as a major source of information that can be provided to ISAVIA and the London VAAC, in complement to traditional predictive systems. The major benefit of LIDAR is that it helps to assess in real-time the existence and the transport of ash plumes, as well as in some cases, to derive some indication like the height of the plume and its density thanks to the coupling with models and in-situ information.LIDARs gives therefore precious information for regulating the use of airspace in an eruption, as the danger threshold depends on the plume concentration.

In addition, the airspace of both the national airport in Reykjavik as well as Keflavik international airport can be affected by re-suspended ash events in strong easterly wind in the aftermath of an explosive eruption. Re-suspended ash reduces visibility and ceiling as other dust storms but in addition it can be as dangerous to aircraft engines as ash plumes and therefore further limit the airport traffic. Monitoring the airspace of the international airport is essential for informative decisions.

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In order to build a set of LIDAR instruments to help air traffic operations in Iceland, ISAVIA issued in 2012 a tender for two LIDAR systems that could provide a flexible 3D scan to retrieve both aerosol presence and characterization as well as wind information, in order to get a remote real-time cartography of ash plumes.

LEOSPHERE has been selected to provide two WINDCUBE 200S LIDAR systems. They have been installed in 2013: one fixed system at Keflavik international airport, and one mobile system that will be integrated in a trailer for fast remote deployment in case of eruption emergency. The installation will proceed in two steps. In the current first step, IMO is working on the aerosol detection and wind measurement capabilities. They will later this year work on an exclusive aerosol typing module which will help to better characterize ash plumes over other aerosols, hence providing additional decision information for air traffic control.

This improved monitoring equipment could be particularly valuable in case of possible future eruption (such as Bardabunga).

08 Sep 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Wind Iris reduces yaw misalignment and improves turbine performance

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A collaborative research project at the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has shown that the Wind Iris nacelle-mounted LIDAR from Avent Lidar Technology is an effective diagnostic tool for identifying wind turbine yaw misalignment, allowing users to improve wind turbine performance. This is the first independent scientific field study validating the benefits of using turbine mounted LIDAR to correct rotor-induced yaw misalignment. An AEP increase of 2.4% has been estimated for a 7.5° misalignment.

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Photo credit: Lee Jay Fingersh, NREL

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02 Jul 2014

LEOSPHERE meets the future needs of Aviation Weather monitoring

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LEOSPHERE is an active partner of the UFO (UltraFast wind sensOrs for wake-vortex hazards mitigation) project, led by Thales and with 12 European partners. This project aims at developing prototype systems and instruments to improve the measurement capabilities of wind and EDR (Eddy Dissipation Rate) for optimizing wake vortex mitigation and enhancing weather forecasts around airports. This project paves the way for advanced multi-functions sensors that will serve the future meteorological needs of airports in order to ensure safety and optimization of air traffic, anticipating the challenges ahead.

3 Doppler WINDCUBE LIDARs have been deployed this spring 2014 in Toulouse airport in order to validate the capacity of the systems to provide advanced wind information for wake vortex mitigation.

One of the deployed system is a ground-breaking scanning LIDAR prototype embedding a high-power laser source developed in collaboration with ONERA, the French aerospace agency. This prototype instrument embeds a laser source 2 times more powerful than the commercially available WINDCUBE 400S-AT used for operational wind shear monitoring. This added power allows to capture wind and turbulence information in a very large area around the airport, at a high frequency which could allow this LIDAR system to constitute a multifunction instrument not only being able to provide wind shear alerts but also to provide wind and EDR measurements through the glide path and in the vicinity of airports to improve weather forecasts and optimize air traffic management.
The second LIDAR was deployed for monitoring wake vortices in real time near the ground in order to develop a unique wake data collection. The third LIDAR was a WINDCUBE v2 vertical profiler which was used to evaluate the accuracy of the wind speed retrievals at 5 km of the scanning lidar.

Since the deployment, LEOSPHERE has been able to demonstrate the ability of its systems to provide wind intensity and direction all along the glide slope to better take into account the risk of wind shear in the approach phase as well as to optimize arrival sequence and distance separation for the implementation of regulations standards like RECAT-EU.


Several months of instrument data will be further analyzed by UFO industrial partners over the course of 2014 to derive parameters such as the EDR which is a turbulence parameter that is key to the real time analysis of wake vortex decay.

LEOSPHERE is excited to contribute to shaping the future of air traffic by pushing the technological boundaries of current LIDAR systems.

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01 Jul 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Complex Terrain technology “FCR” validated by DTU

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LEOSPHERE, the world leader in LiDAR technology, has announced today the validation of its patentedFlow Complexity Recognition (FCR) system upgrade to deliver wind measurement data of superior accuracy on complex wind sites. The strong performance of the FCR-upgraded WINDCUBE V2 LiDAR was field-tested and validated by DTU, on ERS’ 48 MW wind farm located in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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17 Jun 2014

Partner Press Release: Wind Iris campaign in India (MeteoPole)

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Meteopole, partner of Avent Lidar Technology, has successfully started in June 2014 the first Wind Iris Performance Optimization project  in India in June 2014. This project will significantly increase the performance of the turbines, owned by Indian IPP Continuum Wind Energy, in Surajbari Windfarm, Gujarat.
“ We are very proud to be the first Indian IPP to implement Wind Iris LiDAR for a power optimization campaign. With these first encouraging results, we are very optimistic about the potential of this new technology. We wish to thank the MeteoPole team for its commitment and professionalism which should ensure this campaign to be a full success. “ Prasanna Sawkar , Continuum Wind Energy 
“ So far, this first Power Performance Optimization Project in India has been a wonderful experience. It is an important milestone in the history of India Wind Industry: investing in reducing power losses will bring huge extra annual revenues for all wind farm owners. “ Karim Fahssis, MeteoPole –MeteoPole communication_Wind Iris in India_june2014_resized

17 Jun 2014

Scanning LIDAR for wake measurement

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Scanning Lidar 200S - Iowa-Summer 2013- Michael Rhodes (3)

As part of the CWEX program (Crop and Wind Energy Experiment, a multi-year field campaign) in USA, the University of Colorado, in collaboration with Iowa State University, coordinated a new field campaign within a large wind farm in summer 2013. This campaign was designed to explore the propagation of individual turbine wakes as well as the interaction of multiple wakes in a range of atmospheric stability conditions. Multiple remote sensing systems, including the WINDCUBE vertical and scanning LIDARs from LEOSPHERE, were installed to characterize wind and turbulence throughout the wind farm. Supplementary measurements of temperature and moisture profiles were provided by a Radiometrics microwave radiometer. Initial outstanding results of this campaign were presented in an oral session at EWEA 2014 in Barcelona: see our white papers section

20 Mar 2014

New Scientific posters : Wind LIDARs performance

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Our complete range of ground-based and turbine-mounted LIDARs can optimize the value of your projects. Posters showing the performance of LEOSPHERE and Avent Lidar Technology products have been presented during EWEA 2014. They are related to the following items:

– Development of a Lidar Simulator for the development of new product features

– Performance of the FCR (Flow Complexity Recognition)

– Uncertainty reduction using scanning lidar

– Turbine performance validation with a nacelle LiDAR

– Assessment and Optimization of Lidar Measurement Availability for Wind Turbine Control

Discover all these posters in our white papers section

18 Mar 2014

LEOSPHERE and Avent at EWEA 2014

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LEOSPHERE and Avent Lidar Technology have been strongly involved in the EWEA exhibition which took place in Barcelona (Spain) from 10th to 13th March. This event has been a great success and a very good opportunity to show our complete  range of ground-based and turbine-mounted Lidars dedicated to optimize the value of your projects:

– The WINDCUBE v2: the ultra portable 200m wind profilers adapted to flat, complex and offshore environments and dedicated to wind resource assessment, micro siting and power performance measurements.

– The scanning devices: WINDCUBE 100S, WINDCUBE 200S and WINDCUBE 400S, performing 3D mappings up to 10 km range and designed for site assessment, commissioning and forecast applications.

– The Wind Iris: the only industry proven turbine-mounted Lidar for performance optimization and power curve measurements

– The new 5-beam turbine Lidar demonstrator: for feed-forward turbine control applications and advanced research projects

LEOSPHERE and Avent at EWEA 2014

 

20 Feb 2014

LEOSPHERE awarded for the “Trophée de la Décennie 2014”

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The “Trophée de la Décennie 2014” rewards the most successful French growing company among all of those created in 2004. LEOSPHERE has been awarded at the “Musée Guimet” in Paris on the 11st of February 2014.  250 guests of the business community, CEOs of large companies and entrepreneurs attended this prestigious event. LEOSPHERE has been selected among 60 956 companies still in activity ten years later, on a total of 320 016 companies created in 2004.

Organized by the French office of the top management consulting firm “Bain & Company”, and entrepreneur’s network ” Growth More “, this reward emphasizes the entrepreneurial spirit and confirms the strategic vision of LEOSPHERE.

 

This news has been widely spread in French medias

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– Les Echos: download the article below

 

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17 Dec 2013

Decision Durable Magazine

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Interview of Alexandre Sauvage, CEO: “We started by worldwide business!”

 

13 Nov 2013

PRESS RELEASE, November 2013

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DONG Energy, the world’s leading offshore wind developer, orders second FLiDAR device.

17 Oct 2013

Renewable Energy Magazine

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Article :  “The Air Up There: remote sensing gains ground – WINDCUBE v2”

08 Oct 2013

WINDCUBE v2 Deployment in Saudia Arabia

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In the Summer of 2013, Alpha Wind Metrum (AWM) deployed a WINDCUBE v2 LIDAR in Saudi Arabia. The deployment site is quite remote, and features desert conditions and extremely high temperatures. The WINDCUBE is installed on top of a foldable container, and the container is equipped with an air-conditioning system that provides cooling air to the WINDCUBE. Solar panels are the only source of power for the complete system.
In the summer of 2013, ambient onsite temperatures exceeded 47 degrees C. The WINDCUBE v2, with cooling from the air-conditioning system, was able to maintain measurements throughout the campaign.
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01 Oct 2013

WINDCUBE v2 for Harsh winters and complex terrain

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In May 2013, the health of the Quebec, Canada, wind market was reinvigorated when the government announced a fourth call for new wind energy development totaling 800MW. Developing these projects will require extensive wind measurements, and Quebec’s harsh winters and complex terrain present an array of logistical and performance challenges to any resource assessment device. In recent years, WINDCUBE has met these challenges at more than 15 unique locales in the province. Its high data availability throughout the windy winter—and in the months bordering it on either side—has proven critical to meeting provincial tender requirements. Through numerous deployments, WINDCUBE has proven itself as a reliable and trusted performer in remote “mission critical” data collection campaigns.

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01 Oct 2013

Scanning WINDCUBE: Offshore Research in the U.S.

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Even as the wait continues for the first commercial offshore wind turbine installations in U.S. waters, advanced research is being undertaken by regional universities interested in improving the collective understanding of the offshore wind resource, as well as its impact on future turbine and farm designs.

The University of Maine and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in recent months have deployed WINDCUBE LIDARs in coastal waters as part of a larger effort in offshore wind research.

The University of Maine is currently validating a modified, buoy-mounted WINDCUBE v2 Offshore LIDAR adjacent to its 1/8″ scale VolturnUS floating turbine. The research is part of UMaine’s plans to install a 12 MW pilot floating farm in 2017.

UMBC is engaged in an offshore data collection campaign, in a partnership with Maryland Energy Administration, utilizing both a scanning WINDCUBE-200S and a WINDCUBE v2 Offshore LIDAR. The data collected will help inform the state of Maryland’s plans as it moves forward with an ambitious goal for 500MW of installed capacity in state waters.
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01 Oct 2013

IEC 61400-12-1 and rotor equivalent wind speed measurements

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The latest revisions to IEC 61400-12-1, currently in draft format but expected to be ratified in the coming months, allow for the use of ground-based remote sensing devices in formal power performance tests for the first time. Another change is in the acceptance of rotor equivalent wind speed (REWS) calculations as an alternative to a single measurement at hub height. DNV KEMA recently assessed the impact of these potential changes in a study that was presented in poster format at WINDPOWER 2013 (http://www.gl-group.com). In order to support the revision of the IEC 61400-12-1, WINDCUBE v2 is the first LIDAR to have been classified successfully by Deutsche Windguard (http://www.windguard.com/) following the recommendations of the oncoming standard.

01 Sep 2013

Air Traffic Technology magazine

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Article:”Clear for take off”

Second-generation lidars designed for safety and low-level windshear alerts provide wind

measurement up to 10km radius and classification of windshear occurrences – Ludovic Thobois and Ludovic Simonneau, LEOSPHERE

28 Jul 2013

Nass and Wind testimony on WINDCUBE v2 Offshore bankability

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During the first French offshore wind tender round, launched in July 2011, Nass&Wind Offshore, a French leader of the offshore development, was able to collect highly accurate bankable wind data thanks to the deployment of a WINDCUBE v2 Offshore, at Saint Nazaire, one of the bidding locations. This allowed Nass&Wind Offshore with its partners EDF Energies Nouvelles, DONG Energy and Alstom to win the tender for the future Saint Nazaire 480 MW wind farm. Once more, the WINDCUBE® v2 Offshore LiDAR Remote Sensor proved to be the ultimate wind measurement tool to reduce both investment cost and uncertainties

28 Jul 2013

Air&Cosmos Magazine

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Article: “L’Onera offre aux PME un nouveau labo”

Une plateforme dotée d’une vingtaine de capteurs sol et aéroportés, à la pointe de l’innovation, a été inaugurée par le centre Onera Dufauga-Mauzac le 4 juillet….

 

07 Jun 2013

PRESS RELEASE, June 7th 2013

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DONG Energy and FLiDAR start Europe’s first commercial floating offshore wind measurement campaign.

03 Jun 2013

Air Traffic Management magazine

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Article: “Cloud Concept”

17 May 2013

Jane’s Airport Magazine

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Article: « LEOSPHERE reveals new-gen LIDARs »

13 Apr 2013

PRESS RELEASE, April 22th 2013

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Three partners of LEOSPHERE win the 2013 “Montgolfier”

28 Dec 2012

Stage 3 Acknowledged for WINDCUBE v2

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WINDCUBE v2 is known for its superior data availability and accuracy in all weather and terrain conditions. The WINDCUBE v2 performances have been assessed by leading companies such asDTU WindDeutsche Windguard, and GL Garrad Hassan. The Lidar recently reached a major milestone by being named as a “Stage 3” remote sensor under benign conditions by GL Garrad Hassan. GL Garrad Hassan defines the levels of acceptance of technology by stages, with “Stage 3” being reserved for well understood and highly proven devices only. This delineation stipulates that WINDCUBE v2 can, under “benign” conditions, be used as a stand-alone device without verification against an on-site met mast. Please contact us at sales@leosphere.com or sales@renewableNRGsystems.comfor a complete copy of the GL Garrad Hassan report that describes WINDCUBE’S “Stage 3” status.
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12 Oct 2012

PRESS RELEASE, October 12th, 2012

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LEOSPHERE introduces the 2nd generation of 3D Wind Doppler LIDAR series for wind shear detection and unambiguous air traffic decision.

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