May 19, 2016 | by NRG Team Voices | Engineering + Technology

With assistance from RNRG team member Dale Lamell, Ventus Ingenieria recently installed a Wind Iris nacelle-mounted Lidar at the 20MW Caracoles wind farm in Uruguay. The Wind Iris is being used to monitor turbine performance and offer optimization solutions for the project. Here's an overview of the trip, told in pictures:

RNRG and Ventus arrive at the Caracoles wind farm ready to install a Wind Iris nacelle-mounted Lidar.

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Located in the Sierra de Caracoles in the Maldonado region, the project is composed of ten Vestas V80 2MW machines. Caracoles presents moderately complex terrain and ambient turbine wakes.


Commissioned in 2010, Caracoles is the very first wind farm commissioned in Uruguay. Since then, the country experienced a spectacular wind energy boom. With 850MW already operating and more than 650MW set to be installed in the next 12 months, Uruguay is taking a leading position in South America’s energy transition.



The installation team climbs to the top of the nacelle to start setting up the Wind Iris.

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The measurement campaign’s objective is to evaluate and quantify the performance of a turbine with state-of-the-art Lidar technology and to propose solutions to improve energy production.

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Installation completed. Based on the results reported by RNRG and Ventus, the project owner UTE will evaluate the success of the campaign and make a decision regarding the potential performance evaluation of the other wind turbines in the fleet.

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