DeepCLiDAR is the first floating LiDAR buoy validated in the US providing bankable wind speed data at hub height, metocean data, and ecological monitoring services. Now available for commercial lease or purchase.

High quality, low-cost offshore wind resource data:

DeepCLiDAR will help accelerate the development of the US offshore wind industry by providing high quality, low-cost offshore wind resource data, metocean monitoring, and ecological characterization capabilities in remote marine environments.

DeepCLiDAR is 1/10th the cost of traditional meteorological tower for wind resource assessments, deployable in virtually any water depth, capable of providing bankable wind speed data up to 200 m above sea-level, has a fully-integrated metocean sensor package that provides wave and current data, and offers an optional ecological monitoring sensor package for permitting efforts developed with the Biodiversity Research Institute.

Technical Overview:

  • LiDAR: Windcube® Offshore, measures wind speed at 40 m – 200 m heights; GLGH Stage 3 acceptance for use in formal wind resource assessment campaigns
  • Other Sensor Packages: Metocean: wave, wind, and current; Ecological: acoustic, bird, bat, and fish
  • Hull Type and Construction: Aluminum, 3 m discus buoy, fully seal welded with main central hatch for all data and power control electronics
  • Telemetry: GOES, CDMA/GSM, IRIDIUM
  • Mooring: Shallow water: chain with gravity anchor; deep water: chain/wire/chain with gravity anchor
  • Power: System is autonomous, deployable for 1 year without regular maintenance

Successful 6-month Validation of DeepCLiDAR in the Northeast US

DeepCLiDAR Validation Site Image

Validation Testing Conclusions from AWS Truepower

“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 systems 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 Performance

 

3rd Party Validated

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AWS Truepower validated DeepCLiDAR’s data recovery and measurement accuracy against Carbon Trust’s industry-standard performance criteria. With successful third-party validation complete, DeepCLiDAR is now available for commercial lease or purchase.

For more information:

Press Coverage

UMaine’s DeepCLiDAR Ready for the Market,” OffshoreWind.biz. October 27, 2016.

Meet First Floating LIDAR Buoy DeepCLiDAR,” Wind Power Engineering. October 27, 2016

DeepCLiDAR completes predeployment validation, available for commercial lease or purchase,” University of Maine News. October 26, 2016.

Funding Provided By

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