Calibrating nacelle lidars

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    Nacelle mounted, forward looking wind lidars are beginning to be used to provide reference wind speed measurements for the power performance testing of wind turbines. In such applications, a formal calibration procedure with a corresponding uncertainty assessment will be necessary. This report presents four concepts for performing such a nacelle lidar calibration. Of the four methods, two are found to be immediately relevant and are pursued in some detail.
    The first of these is a line of sight calibration method in which both lines of sight (for a two beam lidar) are individually calibrated by accurately aligning the beam to pass close to a reference wind speed sensor. A testing procedure is presented, reporting requirements outlined and the uncertainty of the method analysed. It is seen that the main limitation of the line of sight calibration method is the time required to obtain a representative distribution of radial wind speeds.
    An alternative method is to place the nacelle lidar on the ground and incline the beams upwards to bisect a mast equipped with reference instrumentation at a known height and range. This method will be easier and faster to implement and execute but the beam inclination introduces extra uncertainties. A procedure for conducting such a calibration is presented and initial indications of the uncertainties given.
    A discussion of the merits and weaknesses of the two methods is given together with some proposals for the next important steps to be taken in this work.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherDTU Wind Energy
    Number of pages43
    ISBN (Electronic)978-87-92896-29-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    SeriesDTU Wind Energy E


    • DTU-Wind-Energy-E-0020
    • DTU-Wind-Energy-E-0020(EN)


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