Leosphere has announced that it has added a new buoy-ready Windcube system to its suite of offshore solutions. The company, which is part of Vaisala, developed the new system to enable enhanced offshore wind resource assessment, even in harsh offshore environments.
“The Windcube is the reference lidar for all phases of wind development and operations internationally,” said Alexandre Sauvage, CEO of Leosphere. “Already widely deployed across applications onshore, near-offshore and on platforms in the ocean, our new design enables customers to quickly leverage Windcube in an offshore floating environment.”
The buoy-ready offshore-environment solution retains all of the capabilities of the Windcube system, which is used onshore and offshore on fixed platforms. It provides bankable data by producing constant accuracy up to 200-plus meters over 12 simultaneous heights and is accepted onshore and offshore by all international standards and guidelines.
The new design will provide all of the innovation embodied in the Windcube but features a more robust casing in order to withstand difficult marine conditions in a moving platform at sea. It is also designed to be easily integrated into commercial floating buoys. Compared to traditional meteorological masts, floating lidar systems offer many benefits, including quicker deployment and cheaper installation in which savings up to 90% are possible.