The Carbon Trust has announced the start of a trial of scanning Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology which is taking place in Dublin Bay, Ireland. This is the latest Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) project designed to help reduce the cost of energy from offshore wind.
Over the next three months the most comprehensive test of scanning LIDAR technology will take place, where four different scanning LiDAR systems will be put through their paces, alongside three vertical profiling LiDARs for validation purposes. The project is being supported by RES and maritime safety organisation, Commissioners of Irish Lights. The OWA project aims to test how accurately scanning LiDAR technology can measure wind resource for potential wind farm sites. Scanning LiDAR technology has the potential to reduce the risk associated with spatial variation. The units involved in the trial are: