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Ventus at CaracolesRNRG and Ventus Ingenieria have announced the acquisition and installation of a Wind Iris nacelle-mounted Lidar at the 20MW Caracoles wind farm in Uruguay. The Wind Iris will monitor turbine performance and offer optimisation solutions for the project.

Located in the Sierra de Caracoles in the Maldonado region, the project is composed of ten Vestas V80 2MW machines. The wind farm is commissioned in 2010 and owned by UTE, Uruguay’s national utility and electricity market regulator. The measurement campaign’s objective is to evaluate and quantify the performance of one specific turbine with Lidar technology and to propose solutions to improve the energy production. Based on the results, UTE will evaluate the success of the campaign and make a decision regarding the potential performance evaluation of the other wind turbines in the fleet.

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