“Worldwide Wind Lidar industry will achieve US$ 94.2 million in 2020”, says Visiongain

27 September 2019

A Light Detection and Range System (LIDAR) is a remote sensing device used for measuring wind curve measurements in the wind industry. These systems are seen as a potential alternative to meet masts as they help to increase annual energy production (AEP), reduce operating and maintenance costs, and optimize wind turbine performance. It is projected that the worldwide Wind Lidar industry will achieve US$ 94.2 million in 2020, reaching US$ 230 million by the middle of 2030, increasing at a CAGR of 8.7% in 2020-2030. A Light Detection and Range System (LIDAR) is a remote sensing device used for measuring wind curve measurements in the wind industry. These systems are seen as a potential alternative to meet masts as they help to increase annual energy production (AEP), reduce operating and maintenance costs, and optimize wind turbine performance. The worldwide demand for LIDAR technologies for the electricity sector is anticipated to generate a CAGR of approximately 6% between 2020 and 2030.

LiDAR technology is easily one of today's world's most sought after technologies for remote sensing. It is applicable across the globe in a variety of industries with the majority of its application in agriculture and forestry. With the advent of this latest remote sensing technology, more and more firms are needed to create and create LiDAR detectors, rendering it more efficient and affordable. We're looking at some of the firms that create LiDAR.

Recent advances in LiDAR technology offer a new way to carry out the meteorological measurements

Recent developments in LiDAR technology give a fresh manner to perform the meteorological readings required for turbine accreditation and location evaluation at a much-reduced price, the firm claims. The use of floating LIDARs also allows measurements to be carried out in previously inaccessible locations such as deep-water sites and allows for more accurate assessment of energy yield. LiDAR is becoming the preferred technology for measuring wind resources and various methods have been proposed for deriving TI information from LIDAR measurements in research settings. However, none of these methods has yet been verified and adopted within international standards; therefore, LIDAR measurements are not widely accepted by certification bodies, insurers or authorities

The main challenges in harvesting energy from the wind arise from the unknown incoming turbulent wind field

Wind power generation is complex, mainly due to the fact that a wind turbine's energy source is largely unknown until the turbine is affected by the energy source. This has influenced many wind turbine control study subjects, all with a comparable objective: to minimize the levelized energy cost (LCOE). This general objective can be broken into two major sub-objectives: to increase a wind turbine's energy production and to reduce the loads experienced by a wind turbine in order to extend the life of the turbine.

The main challenges of wind energy harvesting stem from the unknown incoming turbulent windfield. A wind turbine controller's goal is to reduce the cost of producing wind energy by balancing the competing interests of reducing structural loads and increasing energy production. Using feedback techniques to optimize these objectives, conventional wind turbines react to wind unrest after they have already affected the wind turbine. Lidar devices provide extra input to a wind turbine device, enabling fresh command methods to be improved, enabling a sensor to power a wind turbine in expectation of incoming wind disruption

The majority of the known nacelle LiDARs use forward oriented beams to measure the horizontal wind speed

Most known nacelle LiDARs use forward-oriented beams to measure velocity and direction of horizontal wind at different ranges. Several of these beams are combined to reconstruct the wind speed, each oriented at a small angle with respect to the horizontal (in different directions). The implicit assumption of homogeneous wind fields at these different ranges is made in this last step. This assumption is considered fair at a sufficiently high altitude. This hypothesis is no longer applicable, however, nearer to the surface. The use of LiDAR nacelle shares similar barriers and needs LiDAR on the ground.

These are:

  • Development of a common framework for wind field reconstruction.
  • Determination of the optimal methods to calibrate and classify nacelle LiDARs.
  • Quantification of the uncertainty.
  • Application in complex terrain.

Floating Lidar Systems (FLSs) are essentially LiDAR units mounted on buoys.

In the late 2000s, the first FLS was developed and tested to meet the data needs of the wind industry for the evaluation of offshore wind resources. Compared to anchored met masts, comparable information and the capacity to evaluate at the same or even higher heights above sea, they provided the opportunity for decreased expenses. The first obstacle to their implementation was a absence of expertise with such schemes and whether or not such devices would endure and supply the information needed. Initial findings were encouraging, which helped ride their acceptance together with prospective price reductions

Lidar for Power Performance Testing of Wind Turbines

Wind LiDARs are attractive for power performance testing because they can be temporarily deployed on the ground or turbine nacelle to supply the required wind data, or they can be integrated into the turbine design and used for continuous monitoring of performance. In fact, LiDARs have the capacity to provide wind speed and orientation information across the rotor at various heights to best characterize wind shear and wind veer turbine reaction.

Lidar Sensors Have Proved To Be Very Beneficial In The Wind Energy Industry

They can be used for correction of yaw, control of feed-forward pitch and verification of load. The current LiDARs are costly, though. Using LiDARs with few measurement points is one way to lower the price. The subject of this study is to find the best configuration of a cheap LiDAR in terms of number of measuring points, measuring distance and opening angle. A LiDAR model is developed and used to measure wind velocity in a turbulence box to solve the problem. The effective wind speed measured by the LiDAR is compared both theoretically and through simulations with the effective wind speed on a wind turbine rotor

Recent advances in light detection and range (LIDAR) systems, which can provide real-time upcoming measurements of wind speed or direction in front of the turbine using lasers, open up a new area of research in feedforward control of wind turbines. The impact of wind changes on rotor velocity and organizational elements of turbines (blades, tower, shaft, etc.) can be compensated by feedforward turbines using replay wind readings. With these feedforward control strategies, feedback controllers can be enhanced to improve turbine performance compared to feedback controllers only

Accurate measurement of wind speed profiles aloft in the marine boundary layer is a difficult challenge

Offshore wind energy development requires accurate information on surface wind speeds at least at turbine blade levels. There are few measured data available at these heights, and the near-surface winds ' temporal and spatial behavior is often unrepresentative of that at the required heights. As a result, numerical model data, another prospective cause of information, at these atmospheric concentrations are fundamentally unverified. In this article, a high-resolution, motion-compensated Doppler LiDAR wind measuring scheme that can provide the necessary data on coastal storms 

High-quality, trustworthy measurements of wind speed profiles are an important but difficult challenge over the ocean

A major but difficult challenge over the ocean is high-quality, trustworthy measurements of wind speed profiles through the lowest several hundred meters of the atmosphere. For instance, obtaining information from underwater anemometers at these heights would involve costly high buildings to be deployed. Remote sensors such as radar, sodar, or LiDAR can provide such profiles, and operation from fixed platforms should yield similar performance to that obtained on land. Building set systems will probably be prohibitively costly, though.

While it may be an alternative to use current fixed platforms, the place may not be acceptable. Remote detectors can also be installed on mobile flying systems such as boats or boys, which can then be located in more appropriate places, but important technological barriers are linked with separating movements caused by ocean waves and other platform movements from the required airflow readings. It is necessary to remove these unwanted accelerations to produce precise estimates of wind speed and direction

The Doppler wind LiDAR scheme provides laser signals and then gets the heat backscattered in the atmosphere by aerosols such as dust droplets and other tiny objects. The frequency change of the backscattered glow is used to measure the line-of-sight parts of the wind speed. Also, the Doppler wind LiDAR system helps to measure the distance in the air between the particles and LiDAR and to use the roundtrip time of the backscattered light. With a standard anemometer, wind speed and orientation can be evaluated from a range.

Doppler wind LiDAR system is used in various application such as remote wind profile analysis and to determine the air traffic safety

As it uses microwaves to measure precipitation, the Doppler wind LiDAR system is completely different from the meteorological radar. Whereas, if there is no rainfall, the Doppler air LiDAR scheme can bring readings. Since the Doppler wind LiDAR device transmits and gets laser light only, during testing it does not produce radio noise, and the adjacent noise does not affect the sample. Doppler wind LiDAR system is used to determine air traffic safety in various applications such as remote wind profile analysis.  Doppler wind scheme LiDAR can evaluate wind direction and velocity at each altitude in real time.


Leading Regional & National Analysis

Geographically speaking, the global market for Doppler wind systems LiDAR is classified into seven key regions, namely North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, with the exception of Japan, Latin America, Japan and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing market, with the exception of Japan, followed by Latin America as a result of increased consumer awareness in the region. The worldwide Doppler wind scheme LiDAR industry has a favorable development pace owing to technological advances, increased requirement for equipment and increased development of Doppler wind devices LiDAR in aerial road safety monitoring.

Leading Players

Windar Photonics

ZephIR Lidar


John Wood Group


Lockheed Martin
Mitsubishi Electric
ZX Lidars
Princeton Lightwave

The comprehensive report offers market estimation and forecast for the period ranging 2020-2030 for leading national markets and rest of the world. Moreover, the report contains dedicated leading companies covering 10 leading producers in the field of LiDAR Systems for Wind Industry.

The LiDAR Systems for Wind Industry Market Report 2020-2030 report will be of value to anyone who wants to better understand the LiDAR Systems for Wind Industry market and its various segments. It will be useful for businesses who wish to better comprehend the part of the market they are already involved in, or those wishing to enter or expand into a different regional or technical part of the LiDAR Systems for Wind Industry industry.

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