ZephIR Lidar Research Programme Launched for Research Institutes

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A Lidar Research Programme for Research Institutes has been launched today by industry leading wind lidar provider, ZephIR Lidar.

The Lidar Research Programme provides Research Institutes with the ability to apply for a complimentary loan of the latest generation ZephIR 300 lidar (including technical support and guidance) with the objective of demonstrating the effective use of wind lidar in varying applications.

ZephIR was the first wind lidar to be made readily accessible to Research Institutes and Industry alike. Its introduction marked the start of a new era in the way wind was measured remotely within the global wind energy industry and other meteorological industries. Since ZephIR’s introduction, the global research community has played a very important early role in defining/proving the applications and methodologies that extracted the best value from such remote sensing technologies. ZephIR Lidar wishes to encourage and support ongoing research in this area and consequently has launched the ZephIR Lidar Research Programme.

Campaigns can last up to a period of three months; a ZephIR Lidar will be provided at no cost to the Research Institute, in order to enhance or advance the use of lidar within primarily the wind and meteorological industries. Other industries shall also be considered. The application can be varied in content and complexity; from the novel application to a basic validation. Publication of the campaigns shall be encouraged and support can be provided if required.

All proposals submitted before the end of April 2014 will be considered and reviewed with the intention to confirm award later in May 2014. This shall ensure that all lidar campaigns can be conducted in 2014.

Dr. Mike Harris, Senior Scientist at ZephIR Lidar, said: “At the heart of ZephIR Lidar is our passion for true innovation and the research and development required to facilitate that innovation. Having nurtured ZephIR initially within a leading UK Research Institute, we are keenly aware of the difficulties in sourcing high quality technology to experiment with – our Lidar Research Programme is designed specifically to allow this. We all look forward to reviewing the proposals over the coming weeks and working with the eventual successful applicants. ZephIR was awarded the coveted Institute of Physics award for innovation last year and we want to encourage continued innovation by actively supporting world-class research using our technology.”

Applications can be made by downloading and completing the following form found here http://www.zephirlidar.com/lidar-research-programme.

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About ZephIR Ltd.
In 2003 we released the first commercial wind lidar, ZephIR®, exploiting decades of research at UK government Research & Development establishment QinetiQ. Designed specifically for the wind industry ZephIR has paved the way for many of the remote sensing devices seen in the market today. Our original lidar technology continues to innovate with world firsts such as taking measurements from a wind turbine spinner and being the first to deploy an offshore wind lidar, both fixed and floating. ZephIR has also now amassed more than 3 million hours of operation across 650+ deployments globally spanning a decade of commercial experience. For wind measurements onshore, offshore and in turbine-mounted applications, ZephIR provides accurate, reliable finance-grade wind data.

ZephIR Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fred. Olsen Ltd. - established in the UK in 1963 with business interests primarily focussed on renewable energy, including ZephIR. Visit http://www.zephirlidar.com for more information.

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