The Megajoule team with a ZX 300M Lidar

Renewable energy consultancy Megajoule has won contracts from a confidential owner of oil and gas platforms in the North Adriatic Concession to install multiple wind Lidars as part of the company’s low carbon development strategy.

The offshore industry standard Lidar ZX 300M will be deployed to begin taking measurements up to 300 m from their installed position on the gas platforms to support the assessment of potential wind energy in the area.

Best practice for any wind development is to measure wind conditions at heights that respond to the expected wind turbines. And with the use of generators over 15 MW this introduces 260 m hub heights and 220 m rotor diameters dismissing the feasibility of using met masts.

ZX 300M has been responsible for more than 95 per cent of offshore wind measurements from floating platforms and the use of the technology has attracted more than £150 billion ($199 billion) in clean energy investment in the last 5 years alone.

It is expected that Megajoule’s deployment of these Lidars shall also be used to finance future offshore wind farm development in the Adriatic.

A spokesperson for Megajoule commented: "For decades we installed tall met masts at sea; it was the way offshore wind resource assessment was done. Today’s modern approach is with Lidar, specifically ZX 300M which in a relatively short period of time has probably already gathered more offshore wind data than ever previously existed from masts."

He added: "It is the new standard for offshore wind resource assessment and Megajoule are proud to sign contracts with our confidential client, and with ZX Lidars to unlock the future of offshore wind in the Adriatic."

ZX Lidars provides industry-leading wind lidar products, ZX 300, ZX 300M and ZX TM for wind energy and meteorological applications. These Lidars deliver accurate wind measurements in both onshore and offshore applications at measurement heights/ranges across the full swept area of the blades of modern wind turbines, and beyond.

With more than 30 million hours of operation in the field and over 10,000 deployments, ZX Lidars has pioneered the use of Lidar in the wind industry in more than 90 countries globally.

The company has achieved the many world firsts including: upwind measurements from a turbine nacelle, turbine wake studies, offshore deployments of both fixed and floating wind lidar, an industry-accepted validation process, re-financing and re-powering of a wind farm, successful demonstration of measurement accuracy in a wind tunnel and total wind project financing from a lidar without need for a met mast.