Oldbaum Services’ work on the Offshore Wind Accelerator Wakes Measurement campaign has been extended after a successful first six months. This is to allow for closer examination of different meteorological conditions, and their influence on wind wakes at the Rødsand II site in Denmark.
Offshore wakes are very important as they impact on turbine efficiency, and this measurement campaign is crucial as the results could help to reduce the cost of energy for offshore wind in the future.
Oldbaum provide the LiDAR instrumentation solution for this campaign which is hosted and managed by E.ON Climate & Renewables on behalf of the Carbon Trust. This project represents a major effort to fully understand the complex issue of offshore wakes and their impact on wind park yield.
Oldbaum’s Technical Director Andy commented: “The project has successfully completed a wide range of data-capture scenarios and this extension allows for much more detailed, focused data scenarios which will increase knowledge on the complex flow features of turbulence in turbine wakes.”
Oldbaum Services continue to provide the most efficient data services for this project, including system and data management, as well as ongoing analysis support.
Andy added: “We look forward to sharing the project outcomes with the wider wind community in the near future.”
Frazer-Nash Consultancy specified and managed the measurement campaign, and is leading the analysis of the data and the exploitation of the results. Neil Adams, Senior Consultant at Frazer-Nash, said: "The data we're capturing has the potential to give huge benefits to the offshore wind industry. By understanding the aerodynamics of wind farms better, we can improve turbine layout and increase confidence in predicted energy yields. This reduces the cost of energy and makes projects more attractive to investors."