Early wind during project development increases the uncertainty of the metocean and wind resource conditions, often due to a lack of high-quality measurements. This article from Wind Energy Network describes how TGS is introducing a multi-client business model to the industry for offshore measurement campaigns, specifically for deploying floating LiDAR buoys.
While having measurements earlier in the development process is preferred, for example, in advance of a wind energy lease auction, the costs to deploy offshore measurements are prohibitive and often don’t make sense from a risk-reward perspective. This is especially true in markets with competitive auctions, such as the United States. The lack of metocean and wind resource measurements leads to elevated uncertainty when estimating the wind energy potential of a project, and this uncertainty will affect developers’ bidding strategies.
To alleviate this issue, TGS is introducing a multi-client business model to the industry for offshore measurement campaigns, specifically for deploying floating LiDAR buoys. The multi-client model provides two very attractive features. First, the cost of acquiring measurements is greatly reduced as costs for an individual buoy are shared across multiple stakeholders. And second, the floating LiDAR and metocean measurements are available much earlier in the development process, often well in advance of lease round auctions.
Stage 3 Floating LiDAR Buoys
The company is deploying Stage 3 certified floating LiDAR buoys to ensure the highest quality wind resource data. Stage 3 accreditation is the highest commercial maturity rating. This designation means the LiDAR buoy platform has successfully met or exceeded key performance indicators across multiple validation campaigns demonstrating the accuracy, reliability, and thus the low uncertainty of the collected wind resource data. Collecting high-quality metocean data are also critically important... [continued]