April 20, 2016 | Press Releases

Hinesburg, VT,  U.S.—RNRG and Ventus Ingenieria have announced the acquisition and installation of a Wind Iris nacelle-mounted Lidar at the 20 MW Caracoles wind farm in Uruguay. The Wind Iris will monitor turbine performance and offer optimization solutions for the project.

Located in the Sierra de Caracoles in the Maldonado region, the project is composed of ten Vestas V80 2 MW machines. The wind farm is owned by UTE, Uruguay’s national utility and electricity market regulator. UTE has the monopoly over all distribution and transmission activities across country. It is also the off-taker of all private wind farms with PPAs.

The measurement campaign’s objective is to evaluate and quantify the performance of one specific turbine with the state-of-the-art Lidar technology available today and to propose solutions to improve the energy production. Based on the results reported by RNRG and Ventus, 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.

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

“Uruguay has set a very ambitious national target for wind power. The country is on its way to achieving a staggering 45% wind penetration by the beginning of 2017. The installation of this first Wind Iris in Latin America demonstrates the Uruguayan market maturity in benchmarking turbine performance and maximizing AEP with cutting edge measurement technology,” commented Evan Osler, Sr. Technical Lead for Remote Sensing at RNRG.

Caracoles presents moderately complex terrain and ambient turbine wakes, which means that proper filtering and data treatment is critical. Fortunately, the Wind Iris yaw correction algorithm has already been validated in both waked and complex wind flow conditions–making it a strong fit for the job at hand.

“We offer independent performance evaluation packages to our clients, and to that purpose, Wind Iris is the best tool to get the job done. From our clients' perspective, the most important advantage of using Wind Iris is that the ROI of these campaigns is easily quantifiable in USD, using the standard equations and real data,” said Juan Pablo Saltre, Founding Partner of VENTUS.

To learn more about Wind Iris, visit www.renewablenrgsystems.com/products/lidar.



About Renewable NRG Systems
Renewable NRG Systems (RNRG) measurement products and technical services are purpose-built for the global renewable energy industry. RNRG pioneered wind resource assessment more than 30 years ago, when the wind industry was just beginning. Today, the company serves multiple stages of wind and solar project development—from site assessment to commercial operation. You’ll find RNRG products in use by utilities, OEMs, developers, research institutes, and governments in more than 150 countries. www.renewablenrgsystems.com

About Ventus
Founded in 2010, Ventus Ingeniería is a Uruguayan company whose main aim is to provide engineering and consultancy services for energy projects, especially those related to wind and solar power. Its mission is to offer guidance and engineering services in the development, construction and operation of wind power projects. www.ventus.com.uy


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