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LIDAR Wind– Measuring Characteristics of Wind

Awareness of the need for renewable energy resources, including wind energy, is increasing dramatically. Over the past ten years the US has increased its wind energy production by 600%. The amount of production continues to increase at a drastic rate, with the wind energy industry growing 30% annually according to the US Department of Energy’s EERE. Utah State University researchers have developed a portfolio of technologies called LIDAR Wind to aid in the optimal placement of wind power farms. LIDAR Wind technologies enables highly accurate wind measurements and accurate placement of wind farms, increasing power output for a cleaner environment and smaller energy bill. This is all done in a cost-effective manner which reduces the planning cost of the project.
Features and Benefits
  • Wind farm prospecting
  • Aircraft/satellite applications
  • Measuring fluid flow
  • Accurately measure wind velocity, direction, drift, and flow, allowing optimal placement of wind farms
  • Simple measure of wind velocity, direction, drift, and flow
  • Multiple methods for wind measurement, enabling the best fit for a given situation
  • Accurately measure fluid velocity, direction, drift, and flow
LIDAR Wind uses LIDAR (Light radar) to shoot a beam to an object in the sky and then collect the backscattered information. The shoot, bounce back, and data collection system is more accurate than previous methods of wind data collection. Additionally, there are multiple methods of detection and projection, providing the user a variety of techniques.
Development Stage
The technology currently has working prototypes which have been tested and proven to work accurately. USU is currently working on further iterations of LIDAR Wind which make the system even easier-to-use while maintaining high accuracy.
Related Patents:
US 6,535,158
US 5,796,471
US 5,872,621
Glenn Whichard
Senior Commercialization Associate
Physical Sciences
(435) 797-9604
Reference: W95029