Partrac completes Lidar campaign for Irish project

In: Windfarms

Partrac recently completed an offshore wind resource measurement campaign at Parkwind and ESB’s
Oriel offshore wind farm, in Irish waters, using floating Lidar technology. Partrac selected EOLOS’s FLS200 floating Lidar solution to provide wind and oceanographic data. Partrac deployed the floating Lidar solution in mid-October 2019, and has now completed a 12 month offshore measurement campaign.

The floating Lidar continued to report availability through severe storms during the 2019/2020 winter season, with wind gusts up to 145 km/h. Faced with the COVID-19 crisis, the campaign managed to maintain its schedule with no delays. This schedule was maintained with the assistance of a local team of offshore service providers, including Alpha Marine Services, Irish Commercial Charter Boats and Drogheda Port.

Sam Athey, Director at Partrac, stated: “Collection of site-specific wind resource data is one of the mission critical steps offshore developers need in order to assess site feasibility and take projects forward. We are delighted to have delivered a successful 12 month wind resource dataset to Parkwind/ESB  for Oriel (one of Ireland’s first offshore wind farms). Partrac have been working on floating lidar campaigns for over 5 years and the experience we have gained, combined with our metocean consultancy expertise, enables us to provide safe and robust floating Lidar measurement campaigns to the offshore wind industry”.

Oriel project has been designated as one of a small number of wind farms granted ‘relevant project’ status under the Irish Government’s transitional arrangements to fast track the roll out of up to 5 GW of offshore wind by 2030. The project will be located off the County Louth coast, North East of Ireland. This location was chosen, following an extensive review of sites in the Irish Sea, as being ideal for developing an offshore wind energy project. The wind farm will have a capacity of 350 to 400 MW, which will provide a significant contribution to Ireland’s targets to have 70% of electricity supplied by renewable sources by 2030. The project is being jointly developed by Parkwind NV and state-owned utility ESB.

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