Equinorhas partnered up with RPS on the collection of data off the east coastof the United States to prepare for future offshore wind projects.
RPS members will use floating light detection and ranging (FLiDAR) anda suite of other instruments to collect information about waves, wind,turbulence and current conditions.
“The United States” first offshore wind farm began producing electricityoff Block Island (Rhode Island) last year and confidence in the technologyis growing with producers and regulators alike,” explains RPS MetOceanScience and Technology lead, Murray Burling.
“The U.S. Government”s goal is to develop enough wind generation capacityto meet 20 per cent of the country”s electricity demand by 2030, so smartenergy companies like Equinor are securing interests in development leaseagreements for offshore wind.”
RPS works with clients across the energy, marine rescue and recovery, aviationand other industries to measure, monitor and understand oceanographic patterns,with a focus on extreme conditions in exposed and complex environments.
Burling continued, “When developing any project or structure offshore– be it a wind turbine, a solar panel or an oil platform – engineersand designers need reliable information about open-ocean conditions toguide their feasibility investigations, engineering and construction planning.That”s where we come in.”
FLiDAR is a measurement technique that uses laser light pulses to measurethe speed at which particles in the air (water, dust etc) are moving. Thisallows us to understand and predict wind speed with high accuracy, at higheraltitudes, far more cost-effectively than is possible with traditionalwind measurement methods.
“We”re excited to combine our decades of experience in offshore metoceanmeasurement with this cutting-edge technology in support of next generationenergy projects” Burling added.
RPS will analyse the FLiDAR data it collects for the Equinor site studyin tandem with information from its directional wave buoys, current metersand existing comparison data to inform power generation calculations andfuture turbine array engineering, installation and maintenance planning.
Burling concluded, “Europe has been the early adopter when it comesto offshore wind and is much further down the path towards mainstream generation.But in places like the United States, Asia and Australia it really is thenext exciting frontier,”
“Offshore wind represents a golden opportunity to diversify the globalenergy mix through high-yield, low impact infrastructure and RPS is excitedto be able to generate the data that organisations like Equinor need tocross the frontier with confidence.”
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