Around the globe, lidar is becoming the modern standard for wind measurement campaigns. With new wind energy projects being built rapidly, the need for accurate and reliable wind measurement data has never been greater. As organizations use lidar data and integrate remote sensing technology into every stage of wind energy development campaigns, it is important to understand the industry’s evolution, new challenges and opportunities, and how lidar innovations are accelerating wind energy worldwide.
The world’s installed wind generation capacity, onshore and offshore, has increased 98-fold over the past two decades. There are many drivers of this growth, including investments in wind energy research and development, supportive policies pursuing net-zero goals, falling costs of technologies, and exploding end-user demand for renewable energy. Precise on-site wind measurements from lidar reduce project uncertainty and increase value for investors and developers.