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Commercial Lidar Profilers for Wind Energy: A Comparative Guide

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Lidar profilers have the potential, perhaps within a decade, of becoming an important tool for measuring wind speed. One ground based, portable instrument can eliminate the need for expensive measuring towers whilst providing an accurate and detailed picture of the wind profile. Two commercial Lidar systems are currently available. Although based on the same fundamental principle, the two implementations are radically different in their means of discriminating measuring height. Depending on the application each design will have its strengths and weaknesses. The object of this paper is to illuminate the two contrasting and in many ways complimentary designs.