NRG and Flidar enter Americas partnership

UNITED STATES: Renewable NRG Systems has teamed up with Belgian firm Flidar to install floating wind measuring devices off the coast of the Americas.

The partnership will allow Flidar to enter the American markets

The US engineering firm will proivde Flidar with WindCube lidar devices, manufactured by French firm Leosphere. Flidar will adapt them for offshore installing software to correct for motion on the waves. The deal covers all of north, central and south america.

A lidar uses lasers to measure wind speeds at a range of heights. Flidar said the floating system is cheaper and easier to install than traditional met masts.

DNV GL recently validated Flidar's device in the UK following its deployment at Mainstream Renewables' 450MW Neart na Gaoithe project off Scotland's east coast.

The independent validation by DNV GL means that Flidar can move forward to the pre-commercial stage of the Carbon Trust's offshore wind accelerator roadmap.

The roadmap outlines stages Flidar needs to reach to become commercially accepted as an alternative to installing met masts.