Lidar lights up wind opportunities for Tilt in Australia

Lidars are supporting Melbourne-based Tilt Renewables in pursuit of new development sites specifically in complex terrain.

“We tilt towards Lidar for our monitoring fleet due to the ability to measure wind resource accurately in complex terrain conditions.” – Tilt Renewables

Tilt Renewables, a leading developer, owner and manager of renewable energy generation assets in Australia and New Zealand, has confirmed the use of wind Lidar technology from ZX Lidars to remotely measure wind conditions above ground without the need for a traditional met mast.  Initial deployment has been to a remote site in complex terrain primarily for the purpose of confirming the quality of the wind resource.

With more than 1.6GW of approved wind projects in Australia and New Zealand Tilt Renewables required a flexible solution to wind resource assessment that could also be used to bolster existing anemometry and with an eye on operational sites emerging. New Zealand-based wind engineering consultancy Energy3 provided expert advice and support on how to achieve this.

“A key advantage of Lidar is that it can be easily mobilized and rotated to a number of sites within the Tilt Renewables’ portfolio and can be used so flexibly for a range of purposes including feasibility assessments at potential new sites and improving the coverage of site measurements at existing sites” commented Sherrin Yeo, Engineering Manager at Tilt Renewables.

ZX Lidars provides vertical and horizontal profiling wind Lidar to accurately measure wind conditions remotely and ahead of their installed position. These accurate, independent wind measurements are a cornerstone in the development, construction and operation of wind farms globally.

About ZX Lidars (formerly ZephIR Lidar)
ZX Lidars provides industry-leading wind lidar products, ZX 300, ZX 300M and ZX TM for wind energy and meteorological applications. These Lidars deliver accurate wind measurements in both onshore and offshore applications at measurement heights / ranges across the full swept area of the blades of modern wind turbines, and beyond. With more than 10 million hours of operation in the field and over 1000 deployments (and counting), ZX Lidars has pioneered the use of Lidar in the wind industry. The company is proud of the many world firsts it has achieved with customers including: upwind measurements from a turbine nacelle, turbine wake studies, offshore deployments of both fixed and floating wind lidar, an industry-accepted validation process, re-financing and re-powering of a wind farm, successful demonstration of measurement accuracy in a wind tunnel and total wind project financing from a lidar without need for a met mast.