FLiDAR spin-off launched

New floating LiDAR technology will reduce costs of offshore wind development

– (07/11/2012) – 3E and OWA (Offshore Wind Assistance, a subsidiary of DEME) have launched their new company, FLiDAR nv, on November 7th, with the aim to deliver substantial cost reduction in resource assessments of offshore wind power.

A FLiDAR device is currently being tested in the Irish sea as part of a commerical validation camapign for German utility RWE and the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator.

A first FLiDAR prototype was successfully tested at the end of 2011 in the North Sea, 15 km off the coast of Belgium, as part of the OWI lab project, supported by the Flemish government. The test results, validated by the Danish wind energy research institute DTU, showed an excellent correlation between the data of the FLiDAR and similar data from a fixed measurement device placed on an offshore platform close to the test site.