Babcock adopts lidar after pilot

The floating Lidar unit

The floating Lidar unit

UK engineering outfit Babcock International is to build-in ZephIR 300 lidar systems to its first-generation floating meteorological data collection platform following pilot tests of the technology at RWE Innogy’s Gywnt Y Mor wind farm off Wales.

The Flidar (floating lidar) system, which is based on a moored shallow draft spar buoy, is expected to slash the cost of offshore data collection by more than 75%.

“Depending on the contract duration and specific site which determines the size of buoy and cost of moorings, a fully installed system would cost approximately £2.5m ($3.9m) based on a two-year data provision contract,” a ZephIR spokesman tells Recharge. “This compares to a capital cost of a fixed met mast anywhere from £5-£15m.”

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