Ørsted deploys scanning LiDAR buoy for New Jersey offshore wind project
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Ørsted (CPH:ORSTED) has installed an offshore wind and wave measurement station to assess the offshore conditions for its Ocean Wind project off the New Jersey coast.
The project will help Ørsted identify the best sites for installing turbines on a 160,480-acre federal lease area. The Danish company acquired the rights to develop a 1-GW-plus wind project off the coast of New Jersey from RES Americas Developments Inc in 2016.
The Danish energy group said on Monday it has deployed a floating LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) system that will gather information such as wind speed and direction and turbulence at turbine hub-height. The buoy, supplied by Canada’s Axys Technologies Inc, is also capable of measuring surface wind speed and direction, directional waves, ocean currents, tide, salinity, water temperature, atmospheric pressure and air temperature.
New Jersey aims to procure 3.5 GW of offshore wind power capacity by 2030. As announced earlier this year, it plans to hold a tender of 1.1 GW of capacity in line with the target.
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