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Scotland’s SgurrEnergy and China uni NCEPU team up to advance wind turbine designs

SgurrEnergy and North China Electric Power collaboration marks first Chinese university research project to use lidar technology to assess wind turbine design and performance

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SgurrEnergy said the research collaboration will provide important findings to improve control systems and wind turbine designs in China

Scottish renewable energy consultancy SgurrEnergy is collaborating with a Chinese university to advance wind turbine designs and control systems. SgurrEnergy in Glasgow has signed a memorandum of understanding with North China Electric Power University (NCEPU) in Beijing, as part of research collaboration into wind turbine power characteristics and design improvement. The collaboration marks the first research project by a notable Chinese university using scanning lidar technology to assess wind turbine design and performance and analyse onshore and offshore wind.

SgurrEnergy’s scope of services, which is set to last up to three years, will include the deployment of its remote sensing lidar device, Galion Lidar, as well as technical assistance, data collection and analysis. SgurrEnergy and the NCEPU and will also work together to develop a measurement service for the university’s clients. This will include a lidar wind measurement campaign, power curve assessment, wind turbine performance analysis and control system improvement.

Cathryn Chu, SgurrEnergy’s head of Chinese operations, said of the collaboration: “The North China Electric Power University is the first university in China to set up a renewable energy college. The dedication and commitment to research in the renewables industry follows years of notable scientific projects across China.

“The research collaboration between NCEPU and SgurrEnergy will provide important findings to inform improvements to control systems and overall design of wind turbines in China. We are looking forward to embarking on this project with NCEPU and seeing how the research results will influence the renewable energy industry, both in China and internationally,” she said.

Galion Lidar is a laser based wind profiler device for wind speed measurement and directional data capture. The mature remote sensing technology is now being used for wind mapping applications in all environments and terrains. SgurrEnergy said the Galion Lidar said the technology is a pioneering, cutting-edge wind speed measurement technology which is transforming the way that people understand wind.

The first trial test at NCEPU’s state laboratory facility in North China will be a measurement campaign with SgurrEnergy’s Galion Lidar on NCEPU’s own 1.5MW wind turbine.