Trial to create offshore wind 3D maps launched

A trial to create 3D maps for offshore wind farms has been launched in Dublin. The Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) project, claimed to be the largest trial of its kind […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A trial to create 3D maps for offshore wind farms has been launched in Dublin.

The Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) project, claimed to be the largest trial of its kind in the world, aims to help reduce the cost of energy from offshore wind.

Wind resource is measured with large steel towers called met masts, which require a large capital investment – between £10 million to £12 million, the Carbon Trust stated.

The OWA project aims to test how accurately scanning a technology called Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) can measure wind resource for potential wind farm sites, which could deliver “significant cost savings” in the early stages of development.

Megan Smith, Project Manager, Wakes Research at the Carbon Trust said: “This project forms a really important stage of the OWA’s efforts to increase the industry’s understanding of wind resource measurement and validate the technologies capable of delivering results.

“Project financing is a significant proportion of cost so anything we can do to get a deeper understanding of yield will increase investor confidence and lower the cost of financing. Scanning LiDAR has the potential to take our understanding to a completely new level.”

The project is supported by independent renewable energy company RES and maritime safety organisation Commissioners of Irish Lights.