Fugro achieves Carbon Trust's highest rating for its SEAWATCH® offshore wind floating LiDAR buoy

by | Feb 22, 2022

Fugro's SEAWATCH® Wind Lidar Buoy has achieved the highest commercial maturity rating, Stage 3, in accordance with the Carbon Trust Roadmap for the Commercial Acceptance of floating LiDAR technology. Fugro's floating lidar system is the first in the world to gain this Stage 3 rating, which certifies the SEAWATCH® Wind Lidar Buoy as a primary source of wind resource data to support financial investment decisions for offshore wind farms.

Independent third-party evaluation by DNV verified Fugro's SEAWATCH® Wind Lidar Buoy as meeting the highest standards of data availability for commercial offshore wind campaigns. Data accuracy consistently met industry best-practice criteria in verification trials and, in addition, wind speed measurements in classification trials gave consistent results for sensitivity to environmental variables.

Following the first concept studies in 2009, Fugro performed a series of experiments in 2011 in collaboration with Christian Michelsen Research (CMR) to investigate the effect of motion on a profiling wind lidar operating on Fugro's Wavescan buoy. Promising results led to the production of the first commercial SEAWATCH® Wind Lidar Buoy in 2013. The Carbon Trust Roadmap was issued that same year and 2 years later the SEAWATCH® Wind Lidar Buoy was type-validated as Stage 2 (pre-commercial) based on a successful offshore met mast validation trial. Since then, more than 50 SEAWATCH® floating lidar systems from Europe to North America and East Asia have generated a comprehensive track record of commercial offshore deployments, characterised by reliability and Geo-data accuracy.

Jørn Erik Norangshol, Fugro's Director for Monitoring and Forecasting in Norway, said: In receiving this world-first Stage 3 rating, we acknowledge the support of our offshore wind clients “ in particular Ørsted, Eolfi-Shell, Engie and Iberdrola “ who kindly granted access to their measurement Geo-data for third-party assessment. Our floating lidar systems not only delivered reliable and accurate measurement campaigns to our valued clients but also moved the industry a big step forward on the path towards commercial acceptance of floating lidar technology to support investment in offshore wind farms and the wider green energy transition.

For more information: Jørn Erik Norangshol  [email protected]

 About Fugro

Fugro is the world's leading Geo-data specialist, collecting and analysing comprehensive information about the Earth and the structures built upon it. Adopting an integrated approach that incorporates acquisition and analysis of Geo-data and related advice, Fugro provides solutions. With expertise in site characterisation and asset integrity, clients are supported in the safe, sustainable and efficient design, construction and operation of their assets throughout the full life cycle.


Employing approximately 9000 talented people in 61 countries, Fugro serves clients around the globe, predominantly in the energy and infrastructure industries, both offshore and onshore. In 2020, revenue amounted to EUR 1.4 billion. Fugro is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.


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