LM Glasfiber plans to sell Lidar-guided blades by 2014

Blade manufacturer LM Glasfiber is taking part in a three-year research project, supported by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation, to develop laser-based wind-sensory systems for future turbines.

DENMARK: The project aims to use light detection and ranging (Lidar) technology to hone the load control of wind turbines and improve their efficiency and overall reliability. Building Lidars into blades is expected to improve energy production by up to 5%. A prototype of the new design is slated for 2012, and the Danish firm expects to start offfering commercial Lidar-enabled blades by 2014.