June 9, 2020
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$1.3-million upgrade includes more powerful lidars to reach today’s taller wind turbines Two buoys used to collect offshore wind measurements underwent a$1.3 million upgrade to extend the reach of their lidar beams.

Ocean Tech Services LLC

A PNNL research team has upgraded the instrumentation on two lidar buoys used to capture data that help advance the scientific understanding of offshore wind and its energy-producing potential. The buoys were equipped with more powerful lidars that reach up to 200 meters, providing a higher data recovery rate. Previously, the lidar beams did not consistently return data at heights above 90 meters, and thus did not satisfy the data needs for today’s much taller wind turbines.