Meteopole has announced the imminent launch of the very first project in India using the nacelle-mounted Wind Iris LIDAR for performance optimisation of operating wind farms
The company has partnered with Singapore-based Continuum Wind Energy on the project which has pioneered the use of LIDAR in India. The technology is already in operation elsewhere around the world with companies such as Siemens, Areva, GDF-Suez, Nordex, Enercon GmbH and others. Three turbines will be selected for power performance optimization from the twenty operating turbines at Surajbari wind farm in Gujarat. This wind farm was formerly operated by Vestas before it was acquired by Continuum Wind Energy.
“This is MeteoPole’s first wind power performance optimization project in India” said CEO Karim Fahssis. “We will keep our partners in the Indian industry updated on a regular basis of the results of our ambitious project and will issue in the upcoming months white papers and business cases. We believe this project will once and for all demonstrate that such a technology can definitely be implemented in the Indian context with high profitability, as it is already the case in the US, Europe, China, Thailand, Korea and Morocco.”
Mr Fahssis added that there was a need for more pragmatic, service-focussed providers who were willing to partner and grow with top IPPs like Continuum Wind energy and take on the role of a trusted technical advisor as well as a technology provider.
The pilot project will showcase the technology to the Indian market, exploring the technology’s full range of capabilities which includes yaw corrections, power curve measurements, nacelle anemometry calibration and wind sector management.