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One step closer towards the operation of the OBLO infrastructure

Many people at GFI have realized the busy activity of a bunch of people around three big white boxes in front of the institute on January 20 and 21.

Participants at the OBLO course at GFI
Participants at the OBLO course at GFI [back l to r, Martin Flügge, Valerie Kumer, Mostafa Bakhoday Paskyabi, Jochen Reuder (all GFI), Damien Ceus (field engineer, Leosphere), Anak Bhandari (GFI), Benny Svardal (CMR); front, Olav Krogsæther (StormGEO)]


The reason for that was the field acceptance test and an operator training for the recently purchased scanning wind lidar systems (WindCube 100S from Leosphere). Two of the instruments are owned by GFI/UiB and financed via the National infrastructure project OBLO (Offshore Boundary Layer Observatory) the third one by CMR, financed by the FME project NORCOWE (www.norcowe.no).

The instruments are able to measure wind profiles and the 3-dimensional wind field in a distance of up to 3.5 km and will be mainly used for wind energy research, i.e. for the characterization of the wind field approaching a wind farm and for the investigation of single wind turbine and wind farm wakes. The first offshore field deployment of two units is planned for May 2015 to June 2016 at FINO1 (http://www.fino-offshore.de/en/), a German research platform ca. 45 km offshore. Before that, starting from mid of February,  the three systems will be tested at 3 locations in the Bergen area, one at the rooftop platform of GFI, one at CMR in Fantoft and one on the roof of StormGEO at Nøstet. If someone is interested to learn more or have a closer look at the new equipment, just take contact with Valerie, Anak, Mostafa, Martin or Jochen.