ZephIR to Boost Lincs Offshore Wind Farm’s Performance

ZephIR Lidar has installed a turbine-mounted ZephIR DM wind lidar on the 270 MW Lincs Offshore Wind Farm located five miles off the Skegness coast

It is anticipated that the installation of the lidar unit will help to identify opportunities where a possible improvement to production from the installed 75 Siemens 3.6 MW wind turbine generators can be achieved.

Martin Stanyon, Performance Manager at Centrica Energy, who are the operators of Lincs Offshore Wind Farm. “The turbine-mounted ZephIR DM, allows us to accurately measure the performance of each turbine on Lincs, easily identifying areas for increased production through O&M strategies such as corrected yaw misalignment.”

ZephIR Dual Mode (DM) is a continuous wave wind lidar, installed on the nacelle of a turbine and provides rotor equivalent wind measurements out in advance of a wind turbine from just 10 metres, well within the blade induction zone, and as far as 300 metres. Measurements are then typically used for the correction of yaw misalignment, turbine calibrations, End of Warranty inspections, power curve measurements (absolute and relative), R&D projects and full turbine control.

Lincs Wind Farm, a joint venture between Centrica Energy, Siemens Project Ventures and DONG Energy, was officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on 1 August 2013. Construction started in 2010 with first power achieved in August 2012 and the last of the Siemens 3.6 MW turbines lifted into place on Sunday 31 March 2013.

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