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The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) today published an update of the Floating LiDAR (light detection and ranging) Roadmap, accepted as the international industry framework for technology maturity. The Roadmap, originally published in 2013, has been revised to include updates, extensions and new performance indicators based on industry engagement to ensure the Roadmap continues to be fit for purpose for several user groups in to the future.
 
Since 2013, a number of systems have been accepted by the industry as attaining Stage 2 maturity status. To help the industry develop increased confidence the Roadmap now includes more detailed definitions related to Stage 3 maturity, providing industry practitioners with a tool to define floating LiDARs as fully commercial.
 
The new Roadmap defines three stages of commercialisation of a Floating LiDAR technology in terms of accuracy and availability Key Performance Indicators in more depth. The document also specifies how measurement uncertainties decrease as a floating LiDAR device moves from Stage 1 (baseline) through to Stage 2(pre-commercial) and finally Stage 3 (commercial) providing a clear framework for floating LiDAR suppliers to align with.
 
This project was managed by the Carbon Trust and delivered by a consortium consisting of DNV GL, Frazer Nash Consultancy, Multiversum and Fraunhofer IWES.
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