Mainstream to deploy floating lidar in North Sea

UK: The floating wind measurement device in Scotland's North Sea, for the proposed 450MW Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, is going to be deployed by Mainstream Renewable Power.

Flidar's floating lidar is to be deployed in the North Sea

Technology company Flidar will install its floating lidar off 15.5km off the Fife Ness Coast, east Scotland, in early 2014.

This floating lidar will also be the first device to be validated at the UK's National Renewable Energy Centre’s (Narec) newly installed offshore anemometry and research platform off the coast of Blyth, Northumberland, north-east England.

Flidar’s device consists of measurement equipment including a buoy adapted lidar mounted on a marine buoy and powered by its own renewable energy system comprising of a solar photovoltaic and wind power technology.

Flidar states its floating lidar reduces costs for offshore wind resource assessments, especially compared with offshore meteorological masts.

This is not the first time a floating lidar has been installed in the North Sea. In 2011, a Flidar was tested 12 kiliometres off the Belgian coast.