WINDCUBE

VERTICAL PROFILER LIDAR

The Windcube has the most units deployed of any Lidar used for Wind Power applications. It is the equipment of choice for wind measurements at any step of the wind farm construction, from site assessment, site suitability, commissioning to repowering.

  • Ultra-portable (45 kg) – 10 minutes installation
  • Class 1 anemometer matched accuracy
  • Complex terrain application with FCR : Flow complexity Recognition
  • Unmatched reliability and data availability
  • Backed by industry leaders
APPLICATION : REDUCE UNCERTAINTY, INCREASE PROFITABILITY

The profitability of a wind farm rests upon reducing uncertainty associated with wind resource assessment and wind turbine optimization. Projects risks vary from site to site, depending upon wind farm size and site complexity.

In combination with traditional meterological met mast measuring for twelve to eigtheen months, a mobile Lidar remote sensor collecting actual measurements is ideal for knowing the wind resource and reducing project risk.

Providing bankable data to wind farm investors and owners, the Windcube can make the difference between project success or failure. An analysis of return on investments found that the use of a Lidar system can save a millions in equity investments.

During the lifetime of windfarms, due to the increasing height of the turbines and the on-going revision of the IEC 61400-12-1 standard, the Windcube becomes the equipment to be used to measure the wind speed across the entire rotor, and so make an accurate power curve measurement.

SOLUTIONS : WINDCUBE THE ULTRA-PORTABLE WIND LIDAR PROFILER

Not all Lidars are equal, the Windcube is recognized as the best in class Lidar in the industry with the most accurate data, proven by independent studies. With hundreds of Lidar systems in operation, Windcube is the proven choice for wind assessment.

The ultra-portable Windcube Doppler Lidar remote sensor collects measurements at heights up to 200 meters, mapping wind speed and direction, turbulence and wind shear. It is the lightest, most compact Lidar available on the market.

The Winducbe designed to be deployed on any site is now operating successfully in 5 continents. The major developers, consultants and manufacturers have selected the Windcube for its superior and reliable measurement accuracy, rapid deployment and ease of operation.

OPTIONS
FCR FLOW COMPLEXITY RECOGNITION

Supported by the 5fth vertical beam, FCR™ enables the Windcube to provide highly accurate, bankable data in all terrain types. FCR combines hardware and software innovations to allow for direct, accurate wind speed measurements. CFD Software Engine add-ons also available (Windsim, Meteodyn).

Instant, bankable data:

  • Significant improvement of Lidar data accuracy in complex terrain
  • Measurements equivalent to Class One anemometry

Instant activation:
No post-processing or CFD correction required

WINDCUBE POWER PACK

A power pack is the ultimate solution for remote locations. Ultra-portable, green and affordable.

WINDCUBE ANYWHERE SAT / 3G

The built-in modem card providesa secured web-based interface from any location. The Windcube Anywhere option features:
– Remote access to real time data
– System health monitoring
– Data management

GPS GEOFENCING SECURITY

The optional GPS geofencing security provides reliable, affordable peace of mind.

PERFORMANCE

Wind measurement accuracy requirements are similar in flat and complex terrain. In complex terrain and complex flow, all traditional anemometers as well as remote sensors are prone to higher measurement uncertainty. The magnitude of the uncertainty depends on the complexityof the flow and also the sensor itself. IEC61400-12-1* defines complex terrain as “terrain surrounding the test site that features significant variations in topography and terrain obstacles that may cause flow distortion“.

*IEC 61400-12-1 Wind turbines – Part 12-1: Power performance measurements of electricity producing wind turbines.

TERRAIN TYPE DEFINITION FCR PERFORMANCE
SIMPLE TERRAIN
  • No important noticeable terrain variation
  • Low roughness, gentle rolling hills
  • Stable flow conditions
EQUIVALENT TO
CLASS 1
ANEMOMETRY
ACCURACY
MODERATELY COMPLEX
  • Moderate to high roughness, homogeneous forested area, mountains, large hills and hilly sites
  • Vertical wind speed measurement, may be used to asses the inflow angle
  • Complex flow conditions
EXTREMELY COMPLEX
  • High roughness, significant slope (>30%), inhomogeneous forested area or urban area; relief that may cause flow separation
  • Vertical wind speed measurement may be use to access the inflow angle
  • Extreme complex flow conditions
CURRENTLY
UNDER EVALUATION
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