Measuring anemology data, mainly wind speed, direction and vertical profile, is necessary for the calculation of wind potential of an Offshore Wind Park (OWP). These data are necessary for choosing the right site for development, for financing these multibillion investments, for issuing permits for offshore wind parks, for designing each of the components of the of the wind turbine equipment and for minimizing O&M costs. As a result, there is a strong need and incentive for accurate and reliable wind data measurements according to IEC 61400-12, MEASNET or IEA standards. These standards for the moment can only be provided by the installation of expensive met masts fixed to the sea, presenting a high upfront cost and risk for the OWPs Developers. FloatMast’s platform is able to provide these high quality data by a novel way of combining existing and proven technologies, the stable Tension Leg Platform and the meteorological mast coupled with a Lidar.
This technology is being tested by the FloatMast prototype which will be deployed off the coast of Makronisos island in Greece and shall serve as confirmation of the measuring capabilities of the platform and as a 1:1 test scale model for validation purposes.