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Wood monitoring turbulence from world’s first floating wind farm, Hywind

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Wood has installed new technology to measure the effects of turbulence on the world’s first floating wind farm, off the coast of Peterhead.

The Aberdeen-based energy services firm has installed scanning lidar (light detection and ranging) devices on two turbines at Statoil’s Hywind project.

They will assess invisible “wakes” produced by the turbines and a how their turbulent effects might impact production.

Statoil officially opened the wind farm last year, which is situated 15miles off the coast of Peterhead.

The five turbine project produces enough electricity to power around 20,000 homes.

In addition to the lidars, Wood is providing long-term operation and maintenance services, as well as data monitoring.

Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood’s Specialist Tecnhical Solutions business, said: ““We are pleased to have successfully executed the first installation of scanning lidar on two of Hywind Scotland’s floating wind turbines.

“This project represents a significant extension of the tried-and-tested IEC compliant transition piece based lidar methodology to a floating platform and is testament to Wood’s capabilities, offering in-house scanning lidar technology and the complex design and build of motion compensation equipment

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