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Carbon Trust backs Dong radar trial

Offshore Wind Accelerator on board for Doppler project near Westermost

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The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator is backing a dual-Doppler radar system trial by Dong Energy and US-based Smart Wind Technologies.

The scheme will study the viability of using such a system to produce high-resolution dynamic maps of the wind flow through and around an offshore wind farm.

Under the project, first reported in subscriber-only newsletter reNEWS in January, two radar units will be installed on the UK east coast in 2016 near the under-construction Westermost Rough (pictured) for an 18-month measurement campaign.

The work is part of Dong Energy's Beamed Radar for Energy Assessment and Site Conditions (Beacon) research and development project.

OWA wakes and wind resource research project manager Megan Smith said: “Understanding how wind flows through a wind farm is a critical aspect of reducing costs through improving turbine layouts, minimising adverse loads on the turbines, and improving confidence in wake models.

“The Beacon project defines a step-change in the way wind resource is measured in a wind farm, offering vastly increased measurement detail for a fraction of the capital cost of a traditional meteorological mast.

“Support from the OWA will bring wider experience to the project to help commercialise this promising technology quicker.”

Dong Energy project manager Jesper Skov Gretlund added: “We are pleased to have the Carbon Trust OWA on board. This will anchor the project within the offshore wind Industry and furthermore the involvement of Carbon Trust OWA is a quality stamp.”

Image: Dong Energy

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