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All-Sky Scanning Capability Maps the Wind Using Laser-Based Technology

GalionMeasuring wind conditions is of central importance to wind power engineering, and new developments in remote sensing are transforming how this is achieved. Portable lidar devices, which remotely detect the wind conditions using lasers, enable direct measurements to be made where once only model approximations were possible. This is revolutionising our ability to predict the productivity of proposed wind farms and enabling us to operate existing wind farms more effectively. Lidars are rapidly becoming essential tools for characterising and exploiting the wind resource. The recent launch of the Galion - an innovative lidar for wind power applications - shows the versatility and increasing importance of these techniques.

By Peter Clive, SgurrEnergy Ltd, UK .

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