AXYS Technologies says it has deployed a LIDAR unit at the entrance to Chesapeake Bay in a project that will help develop a model to better forecast and characterize offshore winds in the region.
The project is led by WeatherFlow and funded by a Virginia government agency. The Vindicator III LIDAR, packed in a WindSentinel Land Station unit, was placed on a man-made island where it will take readings for a period up to one year.
“With no measurements currently available in the coastal zone at wind turbine rotor heights, we’re looking forward to using the WindSentinel’s data to better capture the highly variable features of the coastal wind regime,” says Steve Woll, business development director at AXYS.
A unit of utility Virginia Dominion Power last year submitted a winning bid to develop commercial wind energy in an area off that state’s coast. The US Interior Department has also proposed three areas off neighboring North Carolina for wind development.