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Lidar System Deployed to Evaluate Wind Turbine Performance in Uruguay

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CARACOLES, Uruguay, April 27, 2016 — Renewable NRG Systems (RNRG) of Hinesburg, Vt., and Ventus Ingeniería have announced plans to install RNRG’s Wind Iris nacelle-mounted lidar at the 20-MW Caracoles wind farm in Uruguay. The lidar system will monitor turbine performance and offer optimization solutions for the project.

RNRG and Ventus Ingeniería have partnered to install RNRG’s Wind Iris lidar systems at the Caracoles wind farm in Uruguay.
RNRG and Ventus Ingeniería have partnered to install RNRG’s Wind Iris lidar systems at the Caracoles wind farm in Uruguay. Courtesy of RNRG Systems.

The wind farm is owned by UTE, Uruguay’s national utility and electricity market regulator. The measurement campaign’s objective is to evaluate and quantify the performance of one specific turbine and propose solutions to improve energy production.

Caracoles presents moderately complex terrain and ambient turbine wakes, meaning proper filtering and data treatment is critical. RNRG said the Wind Iris yaw correction algorithm has already been validated in both waked and complex wind flow conditions.

Ventus Ingeniería is a Uruguayan company whose main aim is to provide engineering and consultancy services for energy projects, especially those related to wind and solar power. RNRG measurement products and services address wind and solar project development, from site assessment to commercial operation.
Apr 2016
An acronym of light detection and ranging, describing systems that use a light beam in place of conventional microwave beams for atmospheric monitoring, tracking and detection functions. Ladar, an acronym of laser detection and ranging, uses laser light for detection of speed, altitude, direction and range; it is often called laser radar.
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