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Vertical Profiling Lidar onshore
ZX Lidars - ZX300

Wind resource assessment and measurements onshore

Bankable standalone wind data in simple and complex terrain

Extreme environments, proven operation for 10 years

10-300m range - the widest range available of any Lidar

ZX 300 Onshore Wind Lidar

Onshore wind measurements from a vertical profiling Lidar from 10 to 300 meters, fully IEC Classified with finance-grade data accepted by DNV, UL, Natural Power and Deutsche WindGuard

ZX 300 wind Lidar deployed in complex terrain
We are a ‘Continuous Wave’ Lidar

All heights, all terrains, always available.

Reduce your onshore wind project and financial uncertainty by measuring wind characteristics higher than a met mast and by mobilising measurements across a whole site with wind Lidar. Be flexible within your planning applications by using a low visual impact, low height device.

How it works
Quality of data

Our laser is focussed at each measurement height for ultra high sensitivity and data recovery in all environments including ‘clear air’

 
Design

ZX 300 (formerly ZephIR 300) is designed for extreme conditions with a small, angled top surface to allow rain and snow to run off easily

Made to last

Our product is housed in a rota-moulded twin skinned insulated casing for all weather performance and robustness for low through-life cost of ownership proven to last 10 years

Design

Adjustable legs in a tripod format to help improve stability even in the most complex of terrains

Customer Care

Our Customer Care Charter defines our best-in-class support and services for our Lidar users. We focus on In-field Support, Validations & Verifications, Warranties and Training.

Bankable and trusted the world over

ZX 300 is accepted by leading independent engineers and consultancies such as DNV GL, UL, Natural Power and Deutsche WindGuard. Our product family has attracted more than £150bn of wind farm financing in the last 5 years alone.

Turnkey services

ZX Measurement Services operates and deploys ZX 300 wind Lidars globally working with our international team of Trusted Service Providers. We deliver power, communications and installation so you don’t have to.

Lidar applications

Model uncertainty reduction

Energy yield assessment

Turbine micro-siting

Met mast verification

Crane lift monitoring

Wind monitoring during noise assessment

Wind turbine power performance testing

Lidar Specifications

Range

10 – 300 metres (Lidar measurement)
0 – 10 metres (onboard met weather station)

Probe length

± 0.07 metres @ 10 metres
± 7.70 metres @ 100 metres

Height measured

10 User configurable
1 Additional met weather station measurement

Sampling rate

50Hz (up to 50 measurement points every second)

Averaging rate

True 1-second averaging
10 Minute averaging

Accuracy wind speed

0.1 m/s*

Direction variation

< 0.5°

Service interval

36 months from new

Size

900 x 900 x 1001mm

Weight

55kg

IP Rating

IP67

Power consumption

55W

Power input

12V

Temperature range

-40 to +50°C

Warranty

Up to 5 years

Maintenance

No annual maintenance or calibration in this period

 
USE CASES

Tried and tested

The Use Cases presented here have been tried and tested over the last two decades. Lidar users help to inform standards which in turn help to drive change. New Use Cases are being developed all of the time. Lidar benefits are gained throughout wind farm project lifecycles from development, construction, operation and repowering.

Stand alone wind measurements, onshore

Entirely replace the need for a met mast within an Energy Yield Analysis wind / measurement campaign.

Classification of ZX 300 confirms extremely low uncertainty wind measurement comparable to, or in some cases better than, Class 1 mechanical cup anemometers.

Remove uncertainties associated with met masts including flow distortion, cup calibration and seasonal issues.

Remove certain planning permits required for tall mast structures.

Remove Working at Height considerations by actively working towards industry best practice.



Complement and go beyond your met mast measurements

ZX 300 provides remote wind measurements from 10 to 200m+, going beyond traditional tall met masts but complementing their long-term reference data.

ZX 300 is fully IEC Classified and accepted by Banks Engineers such as DNV GL so that data can be used as part of your formal energy assessment.

Reduce shear uncertainty by measuring to turbine hub height, top tip and beyond.

Reduce horizontal uncertainty by moving around the wind farm site.

Improve the accuracy of flow modeling by measuring at multiple nodes in the wind farm.

Operate seamlessly throughout the winter when icing may be a challenge for cup anemometers.



Enable a short met mast methodology easily and cost effectively, progressing multiple sites across your wind portfolio.

Progressing multiple sites with a roaming ZX 300 and a fixed short mast has been used to support the financing of portfolios of wind farms and is a methodology accepted by leading consultants, financiers and their engineers.

Reduce shear uncertainty by measuring to turbine hub height, top tip and beyond.

Reduce horizontal uncertainty by moving around the wind farm site.

Improve the accuracy of flow modeling by measuring at multiple nodes in the wind farm.



Use CFD conversion to provide a traceable, auditable comparison of ZX 300 data to expected mast data.

CFD conversion of ZX 300 data is extensively validated, independently accepted and makes the use of stand-alone Lidar in complex flow possible.

Entirely replace the need for a met mast within an Energy Yield Analysis campaign in complex flow conditions.

Overcome logistical and practical issues of siting met masts in complex terrain or forestry.

Work with industry leaders in CFD such as Deutsche WindGuard, DNV, Meteodyn, Natural Power, RES and windsim for your data conversions.

In areas of complex flow any comparisons between measurement devices will be biased by the non-laminar flow.



Verify neglected or old met masts with industry reference Lidar, ZX 300.

ZX 300 can be deployed for less than 4 weeks to verify your met mast measuring wind speeds and characteristics from as low as 10 metres to as high as 200 metres – ensuring correlations may be performed on even the shortest masts.

Identify flow distortion at the anemometer caused by the mast itself.

Confirm any deterioration in anemometry calibration that can occur over time.

Discover misalignment of anemometry with respect to the mast.

Detect anemometry failings during freezing temperatures or other extreme wind events.

Validate wind shear model used for wind speeds above met mast while on site.



Lidar improves the accuracy of the forecasting model that may be used for energy trading, access / egress or planned maintenance forecasting used to reduce Waiting on Weather downtime.

ZX 300 provides wind speed and direction measurements up to crane heights and above.

Real-time wind information during crane operations giving the greatest level of site wind data available.

Safe and efficient crane lifts are driven through more complete Health & Safety and financial consideration of independent wind information.

Live wind shear profile is directly accessible via a User Interface direct to your local or remote site teams.



Entirely replace the need for a Permanent Met Mast with a Permanent Met Lidar.

ZX 300 provides low 10m measurements through to tip height and above, and can be SCADA / grid integrated providing a new standard in operational wind measurements.

Remove certain planning permits and changes to planning required for tall mast structure.

Remove the need to work at height actively working towards industry Health & Safety best practice. Remove annual met mast calibration requirements and safety / insurance walkdowns.

Limit ground-work costs and timescales by installing a simple Lidar compound only.

More accurately apply curtailment strategies / wind sector management.

Undertake measurements in the case of either turbine failure / turbine component failure or power loss on site in support of any insurance claims.

Improve the accuracy of the forecasting model may be used for energy trading, access / egress or planned maintenance forecasting (to reduce Waiting on Weather downtime).

With an almost real-time, accurate shear profile, any movements around site can be conducted more efficiently and allow operations, for example craning, to work with a higher level of certainty within their internally approved safety windows for these operations.



Independently test a wind turbine’s power curve with a more flexible, mobile measurement device.

ZX 300 provides accurate, accepted wind turbine power curve measurements.

IEC 61400-12-1:2017 measurements can be adhered to ensuring turbine manufacturers can accept data gathered.

Efficiently measure all turbine power curves previously not possible with traditional anemometry alone.

Include power curve measurements in End of Warranty Inspections ensuring all issues can be rectified within the warranty period.

Power Performance Testing (PPT) compares the actual power curve of a wind turbine to the warranted power curve provided by the wind turbine manufacturer.

 

ZX Complex Flow Solver

Deutsche WindGuard accepts the use of standalone ZX 300 wind Lidar in complex terrain using ZX Complex Flow Solver. This tool uses high speed CFD modelling to convert Lidar data in to equivalent met mast data in areas of complex flow. ZX CFS is available as a post-processing tool for complete transparency and audit in project due diligence.

Access to data

Your high value wind data is available through a range of communication protocols from Wi-Fi to a direct Ethernet connection and over mobile / cellular networks. On-board Lidar software helps to configure, check status and play live and recorded a timeseries.

ZX 300 wind Lidar deployed in complex terrain

Rent a vertical profiling wind Lidar

ZX Measurement Services provide rental ZX 300 wind Lidars globally working with our international team of Trusted Service Providers. This can sometimes be the best low-cost access to Lidar for quick turnaround wind measurement projects.

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What do you need wind data for?

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Where do you need to gather data?

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£150bn of finance invested in clean energy from ZX 300M data

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Bankable standalone wind data in simple and complex terrain

Extreme environments, proven operation for 10 years

10-300m range - the widest range available of any Lidar

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