Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has announced that the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) has conducted tests to validate and subsequently approve Mitsubishi Electric's compact wind lidar as complying with European wind measurement standards.
Mitsubishi Electric's lidar, which uses a laser beam safe for human eyes, can measure wind remotely at multiple altitudes for accurate assessment and prediction of wind-turbine power generation. The device has increased tolerance to extreme environmental conditions, including water resistance to IP67 and temperatures down to -20 degrees Celsius. It is also motion compensation for offshore use to support floating wind turbines. Data error is less than 1% in comparison to standard IEC cup anemometer. It complies with lidar specifications for NORSEWInD and data availability during operation is above 95% (accepted by ECN as reasonable). Mitsubishi Electric will enter the global lidar market by launching commercial sales of its compact wind lidar this June.