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Floating LiDAR deployed for Winds of September

4C Offshore | Kaitlin Walsh
By: Kaitlin Walsh 17/03/2023 BlueFloat Energy

BlueFloat Energy, a major offshore wind developer, has announced that its Winds of September project has successfully deployed a floating LiDAR in the waters off Hsinchu, Taiwan. This will enable BlueFloat Energy to gather local metocean data, including wave, current and wind to inform the floating and mooring system design and refine the wind resource assessment.

The floating LiDAR system is the Akrocean WINDSEA Stage 2, which has achieved the stage 2 of the offshore wind accelerator roadmap according to criteria defined by the Carbon Trust in the UK. It was deployed and put into operation for BlueFloat Energy's Winds of September on 15 March 2023.

In preparation for bidding on zonal development in Taiwan, BlueFloat Energy is conducting environmental impact assessments (EIAs), engineering studies and supply chain engagement.

Michael Pinkerton, Country Manager of BlueFloat Energy Taiwan, stated: “we are pleased to collaborate with Akrocean, a top service provider in marine meteorological data services, to gather the necessary metocean data for the development of our Winds of September project through the deployment of a floating LiDAR off the coast of Hsinchu.

Winds of September has a planned capacity of 1 GW and is BlueFloat Energy's first project in Taiwan. The project, named after the strong winds blowing in the Hsinchu region every September, is located 25 km off the coast of Hsinchu County and Hsinchu City in an area of around 125 km2, at a water depth of around 70-80 metres.


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