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Windtech International January February 2024 issue

 

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Natural Power has commissioned the UK’s first dedicated Lidar & Sodar test site. A 90 meter met mast situated in Worcestershire enables correlation reports to be made against ground based devices to provide traceability back to traditional anemometry.

The site promotes ongoing testing and validation of innovations in Lidar and Sodar technology and is open to all remote sensing manufacturers, developers, consultancies, research organisations and turbine manufacturers alike. The test site comprises a meteorological mast equipped with instrumentation mounted across a total of seven heights, including calibrated Risø cups and Vector 100L cups based at 20m, 45m, 70m and 90m; a pressure sensor logger at 6m and a temperature sensor mounted at 80m. The instruments provide a wealth of traditional wind and environmental measurements including wind speed, direction, shear and turbulence which can be used to compare the data captured by any Lidar or Sodar. The site has been approved for use by technical and engineering services provider GL Garrad Hassan who are also available to provide independent calibration studies on Natural Power's site.
 
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