Lidar measurements add value

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If measurements are performed with lidar devices during the planning phase of a wind farm, this can increase the value of the wind farm by more than € 1 million. This is the result of a study conducted by the Dutch consultancy company Ecofys. The value refers to a "typical Dutch wind farm" with an investment of € 30 million and a capacity of 20 MW, distributed over eight plants.

For the first time, this study provides a basis for quantifying the higher value of a wind farm which is based on lidar measurements, writes Ecofys. Erik Holtslag, business developer of the company, says: “These methods help to better quantify the wind speeds and will therefore help wind farm developers to take the right decisions and make the right choices regarding project financing.”

LIDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging. With this method, wind conditions are measured up to 200 m above the ground, using a laser beam.

Katharina Garus

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