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Wind lidar buoys to be deployed in German North Sea

4C Offshore | Mark Casey
By: Mark Casey 18/09/2023 Fraunhofer IWES
Fraunhofer IWES

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES has once been contracted by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH) to carry out a preliminary meteorological investigation in the North Sea as part of the area development plan.

This will help to further accelerate offshore expansion in Germany. Two Fraunhofer IWES wind lidar buoys will be deployed on each of the N-13 and N-21 sites in the German Bight for a 12-month measurement campaign:

The buoys will precisely record both meteorological and oceanographic data, which will then be processed, evaluated, and complemented by comprehensive data reports.

The measurement results of wind conditions, wind speed and direction, will contribute to an efficient and economic design of future offshore wind farms.  

During the 365 days at sea, the buoys are permanently automated and manually monitored on a daily basis. The measured data are also continuously checked for plausibility and quality.

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