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UK wind tech set to play role in offshore wind in China

ZephIR Lidar’s wind measurement technology expected to contribute to Chinese offshore wind projects

ZephIR’s wind speed measurement technology is set to be used in China’s future offshore wind farms

UK wind measurement technology is set to play a significant role in the development of offshore wind projects in China after its developer was introduced in a workshop held in the BRIC country. Leading Chinese wind project developers, consultants and stakeholders welcomed the introduction of UK wind lidar provider, ZephIR Lidar, to the local market, working in collaboration with Saiwind Inc. during the technology workshop held in Beijing.

ZephIR provides remote wind speed measurements and characteristics from ground level, both onshore and offshore, in addition to turbine mounted applications through the use of continuous wave Lidar technology. Measurements are provided at ranges from 10m to 200m without the need for traditional tall met masts.

More than 50 parties representing government agencies, power generation groups, turbine manufacturers, consultancies and research institutes attended the workshop, which provided information on the technology. It was hosted by ZephIR Lidar and Saiwind Inc - ZephIR sales agent in China.

The workshop introduced the wind Lidar technology for remote resource assessment during the assessment of wind farms, to a range of wind related companies in China. The leading wind Lidar technology, ZephIR, was reviewed and reflected upon in relation to traditional wind measurement methods. A number of key objectives were also agreed to develop potential pathways to expand the emerging market.

Ian Locker, managing director at ZephIR Lidar, said: "The Chinese wind energy market is a truly exciting opportunity to utilise our world leading lidar technology to capitalise on the country's emerging offshore industry, while also adding real benefit to the existing onshore market. Our new product, ZephIR Dual Mode adds additional benefit to optimising operating wind farms by offering turbine mounted measurements combined with ground-based verifications replacing the need for onsite tall met masts."

Offshore wind power supply chain

In the opening remarks, Mr. He De Xin, president of China Wind Power Association, said that in the context of a government plan to attend IEA Wind seminars, the workshop would provide significant input and develop a better understanding of Lidar technology and its application in wind assessment.

Mr.Wang Jixue, deputy director of New Energy Dep of Hydropower, Water Resources Planning and Design General Institute, said there is a "growing competing interest over offshore wind resource around China." There is an urgent need to clarify the "key elements for sea utilisation and to ensure an integrated offshore wind power supply chain and service systems." To that end, the company are extremely interested in the significant role ZephIR Lidar will play in offshore wind projects, he said.

During the workshop, Locker presented on the value of ZephIR Lidar in wind assessment. He showed the value of both a ground-based application, with original technology ZephIR 300, and in a turbine mounted application, with new product launch ZephIR Dual Mode. ZephIR said the latter technology permits both nacelle mounted power curves/yaw misalignment correction, as well as ground based verifications in front of a turbine.