The offshore oil and gas-dominated Wood Group has installed the first scanning light detection and ranging (LIDAR) devices on two floating wind turbines at the Hywind Scotland floating offshore turbine parc 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead.
The 30MW project, which is the world’s first commercial floating electricity generating station, comprises five floating turbines and has the capacity to power approximately 20,000 households.
Its combined Norwegian and Mid-East owners appointed Wood to install scanning lidars in order to understand wake and turbulence effects from multiple floating wind turbines, measure turbulent wake spectra and to investigate the effect of wakes on yaw motions.
As part of the scope of work, the renewable energy subsidiary at Aberdeen-based Wood Group supplied and installed two proprietary LIDARS and motion compensation equipment, which was designed and manufactured in-house specifically for the project.
Source: Scottish Energy News0