Offshore Resource Assessment

Prior to planning an offshore wind energy project it is essential to determine where the abundant resources exist, understand their characteristics, and validate their quality. As the size and complexity of projects increase, the right mix of technology to measure the resource becomes critical. Our full-service resource assessment program can support your team in the following areas:

Resource maps and data

UL offers offshore wind resource maps and data for all stages of project development. Our regional maps provide unmatched accuracy and detail in support of site prospecting and early-stage feasibility studies. Our micrositing maps use mesoscale and microscale models to achieve better accuracy than RANS CFD models [reference]. Other products include virtual met masts (VMMs) and wind resource grids (WRGs). Learn more.

Measurement campaigns

The foundation of sound wind resource assessment is accurate measurements. Our engineers can design your wind monitoring campaign to fit your budget and priorities, and will arrange, oversee, and verify equipment installation to exacting standards. Our smart approach assures the greatest confidence for the smallest practical investment. Learn more.

Remote sensing

Remote sensing systems can be a valuable complement to conventional measurements from tall towers, such as where hub-height tall towers are infeasible or too expensive. Our staff engineers are fully conversant in all types of remote sensing systems, including floating and platform-based sodar, profiling lidar, and side-scanning lidar. Learn more.

Data management and quality control

UL offers a comprehensive one-stop solution to managing your wind data safely and securely. We will collect the data, apply rigorous QC tests to detect problems such as malfunctioning equipment, and make data summaries and downloads available online through our Wind Data Management Dashboard

Resource analysis and reports

Our staff meteorologists are among the most experienced in the world when it comes to analyzing wind resource measurements. We will validate your data (including remote sensing), adjust for short-term climate and shear, and provide a summary or comprehensive report to support development decisions. Learn more.