The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports development of renewable power generation within the U.S. with increasing emphasis on offshore wind energy. There is currently a lack of long-term wind observations above the ocean surface at wind turbine rotor heights, which are needed to support offshore wind project design and development.

On behalf of DOE, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) oversees the implementation of the lidar buoy loan program and procured two AXYS WindSentinelâ„¢ buoys to support offshore wind resource assessments. These buoys are equipped with a host of meteorological and ocean sensors to provide a comprehensive set of meteorological and oceanographic data, including wind profiles from lidar instruments to 200 meters above the surface. The buoys have already begun to fill observational gaps in offshore winds during long-term deployments off the coasts of Virginia and New Jersey. DOE and PNNL will proactively work with interested parties to enable the loan of the lidar buoys.

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