Based on an old navigation buoy over 5.2 metres high and 12 metres in diameter, the platform is equipped with standard instruments to accurately measure the wind resource, sea conditions and other characteristics.
The larger-than-usual dimensions help stabilise the bouy, reducing tilt and aiding maintenance and data gathering. Testing took place between January and December 2014.
DNV GL's approved the lidar's design and accuracy in line with industry standards. Nass&Wind said DNV GL made reference to the UK's Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator roadmap, which plans the progression of lidars to be commercially accepted as am industry standard.