MRP deploys FLiDAR off Scotland

Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) has kicked off the second phase of its floating Lidar campaign at the 450MW Neart na Gaoithe wind farm off southeast Scotland.

The buoy-based wind measurement device was deployed off the Fife coast by technology provider FLiDAR, a joint venture between DEME and 3E. It will collect meteorological data for six to 12 months.

The unit, based around a Leosphere Lidar mounted on a standard marine buoy and powered by micro-PV and wind turbines, recently completed a three-month validation at the UK National Renewable Energy Centre’s offshore testing site, backed by funding from the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator programme.

“Successful validation of FLiDAR technology signals a significant shift from the reliance on fixed offshore met masts in assessing the potential wind resource for offshore wind farms,” says MRP.