Recently installed spinner lidar to improve accuracy, prediction of Sandia and wind industry simulation tools

July 10, 2023 9:25 am Published by

Sandia National Laboratories’ Wind Energy Technologies researchers successfully installed and deployed the spinner lidar on the hub of a General Electric wind turbine in Lubbock, Texas. The instrument was deployed as part of a cooperative research agreement between Sandia, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and GE for the Rotor Aerodynamics, Aeroelastics, and Wake (RAAW) experiment funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office.  

“This project seeks to improve how wind turbine models are validated and improve our understanding of large-rotor physics by applying new data assimilation techniques that enable time-resolved, high-fidelity model comparisons to the experimental data,” said Chris Kelley, a principal investigator for the RAAW experiment at Sandia.

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Featured Image: Miguel Hernandez prepares rigging within the GE turbine hub to install and pivot the spinner lidar. (Photo by Tommy Herges.)

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