“Based upon the results of this test, and cumulative results of the two previous phases, AWST concludes that the DeepCLiDAR meets the Carbon Trustís acceptance criteria, and is capable of accurately measuring wind speeds and directions across the range of meteorological and ocean conditions observed during the campaigns.
“Having successfully completed these validation exercises, the DeepCLiDAR has demonstrated a ‘Pre-commercial’ level of maturity. Sufficient performance data are now available to assess the system’s uncertainty when operating in similar environmental conditions.
“AWST considers this system valid for use in an offshore wind resource and design condition assessment campaign in similar metocean conditions.”
DeepCLiDAR will help accelerate the development of the US offshore wind industry by providing the following: high-quality, low-cost offshore wind resource data; metocean monitoring; and ecological characterization capabilities in remote marine environments
An advanced metocean buoy outfitted with LIDAR that can be used in remote marine environments to provide high-quality, low-cost offshore wind resource data, metocean monitoring, and ecological characterization capabilities.
High-quality, low-cost offshore wind resource data
1/10 the cost of a traditional meteorological tower for wind resource assessments
Deployable in virtually any water depth
Capable of providing bankable wind speed data up to 200m above sea-level
Fully-integrated metocean sensor package provides wave and current data
Optional ecological monitoring sensor package for permitting efforts developed
with the Biodiversity Research Institute
The buoy design was developed by the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center to meet the growing needs for a single instrumentation package capable of providing low-cost offshore wind resource assessments, metocean monitoring, and ecological characterization capabilities.
DeepCLiDAR incorporates LiDAR technology that has achieved GLGH Stage 3 acceptance for use in formal wind resource assessment campaigns. Therefore, it is widely considered as an acceptable replacement for standard met masts in simple terrain.