Wind measurement campaign completed at Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm site using innovative floating LiDAR

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FLiDAR have completed the onsite wind measurements at the Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind farm being developed by Mainstream Renewable Power.

Neart Na Gaoithe, a 448MW wind farm located in the North Sea off the East coast of Scotland, has recently been awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) by the UK government.

The FLiDAR floating LiDAR buoy provided on-site wind measurements and resulted in a considerable development time and cost saving compared to a traditional meteorological mast.

The unit is now decommissioned and undergoing post validation at the ORE Catapult offshore met mast.

Reinhardt Stevens, General Manager of FLiDAR said: “We are delighted to have delivered high availability and accurate wind data in such a short time to our client and congratulate Mainstream Renewable Power on being awarded the CfD.”

David Sweenie, Project Manager of Neart na Gaoithe said: “Mainstream recognised the innovative approach of FLiDAR from an early stage, bringing accurate wind data at low cost in a short delivery window. The data provided by FLiDAR has contributed to the great successes of Neart na Gaoithe so far. “