DNV GL certifies M3EA lidar

FRANCE: DNV GL has completed the certification process of Nass&Wind Offshore's M3EA floating lidar (light detection and ranging) at a site off the coast of Saint Vaast-la-Hougue, north-west France.

Nass&Wind's floating lidar
Nass&Wind's floating lidar

Based on an old navigation buoy over 5.2 metres high and 12 metres in diameter, the platform is equipped with standard instruments to accurately measure the wind resource, sea conditions and other characteristics.

The larger-than-usual dimensions help stabilise the bouy, reducing tilt and aiding maintenance and data gathering. Testing took place between January and December 2014.

DNV GL's approved the lidar's design and accuracy in line with industry standards. Nass&Wind said DNV GL made reference to the UK's Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator roadmap, which plans the progression of lidars to be commercially accepted as am industry standard.

Nass&Wind Offshore is a partner in the 480MW St-Nazaire offshore project and is also involved in the development of the Winflo floating turbine.

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