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Senvion Chief Joins ZX Lidars to Spearhead Turbine Lidar Tech

04 Mar 2021

ZX Lidars confirms the appointment of Dr. Steven White as Director of Turbine Mounted Lidar as the company scales in market sectors including wind turbine integrated Lidar Assisted Control and non-integrated Lidar for wind turbine/wind farm optimisation. Having previously led Senvion’s engineering EU North team and with a PhD in laser optics Steven combines technical knowhow with practical turbine experience.

Lidar technology, which displaces the use of met masts for wind resource assessment onshore and offshore, provides look-ahead wind characteristics to validate, monitor and optimise wind turbine performance on both existing and new turbines for the purpose of increased energy output and lifetime extension.

On joining the company Steven commented: “Innovation, quality and collaboration are at the heart of the ‘ZX-way’ and this unique mix is an ideal recipe to bridge the gap between Lidar and turbine technology. I passionately look forward to closing that gap through customer-focused improvements in operational wind resource understanding and turbine performance, validation, lifetime operations and control.”

The appointment was welcomed by ZX Lidars Managing Director Ian Locker: “On our 18th anniversary of installing the world’s first nacelle-mounted Lidar on a Nordex N90 turbine it is perfect timing for Steven White to join ZX Lidars as we see a now mature technology providing real performance benefits to wind farm owners, operators and turbine OEMs. We have exciting news to share on Lidar Assisted Control this year and Steven will be spearheading this and all turbine Lidar activities across the business.”

Recent turbine Lidar announcements from the company include

  • The 105MW Högaliden Wind Farm featuring Vestas V150-4.2 MW turbines shall include nacelle-based ZX TM wind Lidars on each turbine.
  • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy approval of ZX TM for Power Performance Testing of wind turbines

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