It is well known that the energy crisis has sparked an unprecedented interest in all forms of renewable energy, including wind. Correspondingly, Dulas has experienced an increased demand for its remote sensing LiDAR systems in 2022, with orders for rental units and purchases dramatically upturning in the second half of the year. The hunt for reliable sources of renewable domestic energy has naturally led to an increase in wind measurement campaigns but this has become only more urgent since the war in Ukraine, which has led to the current energy crisis. Traditionally, meteorological masts have been used to gather wind data, but remote sensing LiDAR systems are now often deployed alongside masts and offer a number of advantages to developers that seek to kick-start any campaigns.
Quicker, cheaper and safer to deploy
Cost pressures on wind farm development in mature markets now mean that data collection and analysis in the development stage of wind projects needs to be efficient, easy and expedient. Taller and taller turbine designs have a corresponding effect on meteorological masts, which also have to increase in height to reach the required measurement standards. This impacts both the cost of the installation and, more importantly, the safety considerations associated with working at height.
Remote sensing LiDAR equipment, such as the WindCube V2.1 from Vaisala, can often be deployed without planning permission, which significantly reduces the timescale of mobilisation. LiDARs are easier to transport and install, particularly at less accessible onshore or offshore sites, and the ground work required is limited, further reducing costs. Crucially, they also remove the need to work at height, increasing worker safety.