AXYS Technologies, USA, has partnered with Optical Air Data Systems (OADS) to develop and manufacture the Vindicator® Generation 3 Laser Wind Sensor for the AXYS WindSentinel™ floating wind resource assessment system.

Combining the current Vindicator® technology with lessons learned from the world's first commercially deployed floating LIDAR systems, the Vindicator® Generation 3 Laser Wind Sensor will feature enhanced wind resource data collection combined with an innovative lens cleaning solution specifically designed to deliver reliable, accurate results in the challenging marine environment.

"OADS developed the original Vindicator® simultaneous pulsing, motion compensated laser wind sensor technology that has already proven itself in our deployments to date. They are well positioned to support us as we move to the next generation systems that are needed to support future developments in the offshore wind sector such as higher turbine blade tips and more remote deployments" says Graham Howe of AXYS Technologies Inc.

The WindSentinel™ is the world's first floating buoy system that uses a simultaneously pulsing laser wind sensor to accurately measure wind speed, wind direction, and turbulence offshore at turbine hub-height and across the blade span. Deployed on the NOMAD buoy platform, this fully motion-compensated solution significantly reduces the costs and risks associated with offshore wind resource assessment.

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