WindSentinel Floating LiDAR

WindSentinel Floating LiDAR AXYS Ocean RenewablesFeatures & Benefits

  • NOMAD buoy design supporting Vindicator® III simultaneous pulse LiDAR
  • Full meteorological & ocean data
  • Designed for depths 10m-500m
  • Proven operation in 15m significant waves

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The AXYS WindSentinel is the world’s first commercially deployed wind resource assessment buoy capable of accurately gathering data on wind speed and wind direction at turbine hub-height and across the blade span using advanced laser wind sensing. Learn more >>

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Track Record

  1. Race Rocks trial: Deployed off Vancouver Island for validation. October-November 2009.
  2. Grand Valley State University: Deployed and redeployed four times between October 2011 and March 2013, including 36 miles offshore on Lake Michigan. No significant issues encountered despite the system having been deployed during Hurricane Sandy and the loss of a wind turbine. Full reports are available.
  3. Fishermen’s Energy of New Jersey: Initial deployment February 2012. Second year deployment and validation campaign March 2013.
  4. National Cheng Kung University (NCKU): Deployed in Taiwan Strait May 2013.
  5. United States Navy: Deployed 2014
  6. EDP Inovação: Deployed off the coast of Portugal near Viana do Castelo, July 2014.
  7. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: Deployed off the coast of Washington, September 2014.
  • 100% data availability during all deployments: both at 1-second and 10-minute average levels
  • Data quality during all deployments: ranging from 85%-97% acceptable data as per sensor criteria



  • Grand Valley State University
  • Fishermen’s Energy
  • United States Navy
  • National Cheng Kung University
  • United States Navy
  • EDP Inovação
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory