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Sound & Sea Technology (SST), AXYS Technologies and DNV GL have announced the award of a contract from the U.S. Navy for the validation of an offshore floating LIDAR wind resource assessment system.

SST will provide overall management of the program, coordination with the Navy, ocean engineering expertise, environmental planning and installation support. AXYS will supply its WindSentinel floating LIDAR system, and DNV GL will provide an independent evaluation of the validity of the system by identifying measurement requirements and metrics to qualify the system for use in wind power development.

According to the companies, the WindSentinel uses the Vindicator III, featuring newly developed simultaneous pulse technology with integral motion compensation, to measure offshore wind speed and direction up to the blade-tip heights of 200 meters.

The Vindicator LIDAR system has passed the initial side-by-side testing process overseen by DNV GL and will be shipped to California for deployment in December for a six-month study to confirm the validity of this technology.




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