AXYS Leads the Way to Commercial Acceptance of Floating LiDAR

February 29, 2016

AXYS Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce it has recently completed another two successful validation campaigns for its FLiDAR 6M wind assessment platform. This latest achievement marks the 9th and 10th independently reviewed offshore validations undertaken by AXYS to advance the commercial acceptance of its FLiDAR technology for offshore wind resource assessment in support of project financing.

The latest validation campaigns took place at FINO 1 in the North Sea and at West of Duddon Sands in the Irish Sea, adding 11 more months of validation data to AXYS’ already impressive body of evidence for commercial acceptance.  Both validation campaigns achieved over 98% data availability through harsh winter storm conditions while meeting or exceeding the accuracy standards established by the Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Roadmap.

“DNV GL has carried out numerous independent validations of AXYS’ FLiDAR systems over the past 3 years, comparing over 20 months of FLiDAR Wind Assessment data against offshore met mast data from FINO1, NAREC and West of Duddon Sands,” said Detlef Stein, Global Head of Practice for Resource Measurements at DNV GL. “AXYS’ FLiDAR systems have consistently provided high data availability and accuracy under a wide range of harsh environmental conditions.”

Andy Oldroyd, Managing Director of Oldbaum Services commented, “In our experience, AXYS’ FLiDAR systems have proven to be highly durable and reliable with data accuracy and availability consistently meeting and often exceeding the stringent OWA Roadmap KPIs.”

Since the initial deployment of its flagship FLiDAR system in 2009, AXYS’ FLiDARs have successfully completed 17 offshore wind assessment campaigns and now 10 offshore met mast validations covering a range of operational, site and met ocean conditions in Europe, North America and Asia.  This represents a total of nearly 12 years at sea.
“AXYS produced the first FLiDAR system in 2009 by equipping our proven 6M met ocean NOMAD hull with a LiDAR,” said Terry Tarle, AXYS President & CEO.  “AXYS has supported the operation and maintenance of a fleet of 6M MetOcean NOMAD buoys in extreme weather and sea state conditions off the coast of Canada for over 30 years, so it is no surprise to us that our FLiDAR system has proven to be so reliable for conducting wind measurement campaigns in the harshest of offshore conditions.”

AXYS now operates a lease pool of 8 FLiDARs worldwide with 2 backup systems available on short notice.  AXYS FLiDAR systems have been designed and hardened over the past 7 years to increase survivability and maintain high levels of accuracy and data availability in extreme weather and sea states.  Features such as dual-LiDAR, triple-redundant power supply and communications, and redundant data storage were all designed to continually improve system reliability and to ensure the success of our customers’ projects.

Watch a video of the FLiDAR buoy effortlessly navigating the rough seas off the coast of Germany from the campaign completed at the FINO 1 met mast as part of the NORCOWE consortium. With wave heights exceeding 8 metres and wind gusts over 38 knots (20m/sec), the ruggedized FLiDAR equipped with two LiDARs performed flawlessly, maintaining over 98% data availability through yet another winter storm in the North Sea.



About AXYS Technologies 

AXYS Technologies (AXYS) is an ISO 9001 registered Canadian company with over 40 years of experience in the design, manufacture and installation of remote environmental monitoring systems worldwide. We apply our knowledge and experience to marine, freshwater, and offshore wind resource assessment systems that measure aquatic, oceanic, and atmospheric parameters specific to clients’ needs. AXYS has built and commissioned more than 500 meteorological and oceanographic systems of various types around the world, in over 50 countries. For further information contact AXYS at: or

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About Oldbaum Services

Oldbaum Services are experts in data acquisition, analysis and data management for the wind industry. With services ranging from Array design to Offshore met mast design and initial site data acquisition, Oldbaum can deliver a wide range of wind technical services offshore. Learn more at


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