New offshore service trial is launched

Narec's Offshore Anemometry Platform, installed offshore at Blyth.
Narec's Offshore Anemometry Platform, installed offshore at Blyth.

A new service allowing manufacturers to trial new offshore technologies has been launched at Blyth.

The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has created the new service for LiDAR manufacturers and project developers to compare and trial new techniques and technologies against traditional wind measurement methods.

It will utilise Narec’s high-tech Offshore Anemometry Hub (NOAH), installed three nautical miles offshore, which forms part of the recently consented Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstration site.

Ignacio Marti, Narec’s chief technology officer, said: “Narec has launched this new validation service, in order to accelerate the acceptance of this new technology within the offshore wind sector.

“By developing innovative and competitive testing and validation services Narec is helping to reduce time to market of new technologies that will ultimately help to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy.”

• On Thursday, December 5, Narec is hosting an offshore environment R&D workshop to further develop the platform’s potential to trial new research and innovative approaches. To register an interest contact helen.edge@narec.co.uk