PGE Baltica, a subsidiary of the PGE group, is starting the step of measuring wind resources and collecting meteo-ocean data for the needs of the Baltica 1 offshore wind farm. The campaign will be carried out by EOLOS Floating LiDAR Solutions, one of the suppliers the most experienced in this type of marine research. It begins in the second half of May 2022 and will last approximately two years.
“The Baltica 1 project, with a capacity of up to 1 GW, continues to be developed according to schedule. The commissioning of this offshore wind farm is scheduled for the beginning of the next decade. The project has received a location permit and has been pre-conditioned for connection to the transmission network. The launch of the wind and weather resource measurement campaign is another important step in the development of the investment,” commented Dariusz Lociński, Chairman of the Board of PGE Baltica. “Two years of measurements may seem quite a long time, but it is necessary to have precise knowledge of the weather conditions in the area designated for the construction of an offshore power plant. The measurements will provide an invaluable database for the next stages of the development of this project, in particular for the layout of the wind turbines during installation, so that the energy is used in the most efficient way,” he said. -he adds.
As part of the Baltica 1 wind farm measurement campaign, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology will be used, mounted on a floating buoy. The laser beam emitted by LiDAR is reflected by airborne solids and returns to the device, which analyzes the reflected signal and estimates the speed of air masses passing through it. The equipment used makes it possible to carry out wind probes at an altitude of more than 200 meters above sea level. Additional sensors mounted on the buoy also allow the measurement of wave movements and sea currents.
The Floating Lidar system (FLS200) involved in the measurement campaign is currently being renovated at the EOLOS workshop in Barcelona, from where it will be transported by road to Władysławowo for assembly and preparation for installation on the Baltica 1 site during the second half of May.
The contract with the measurement company was signed in December 2021 following a tender procedure in the form of a competitive dialogue. The Spanish company EOLOS had already cooperated with PGE in the Baltic Sea – in 2019 it carried out similar research for the EMP Baltic Project 3. At that time the company only had 2 buoys, its fleet has now grown to 17 buoys deployed across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Baltica 1 is one of three wind farm projects currently being developed by PGE in the Baltic Sea. In the years 2026-2027, Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 are to start operating, together forming the Baltica offshore wind farm with a total installed capacity of approx. 2.5GW. Baltica 1, meanwhile, is due to be commissioned after 2030, and its installed capacity will be around 1 GW. It will be developed approx. 80 km from the Polish shore of the Baltic Sea on the Central Bank (Ławica Centralna), north of the Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 projects. By implementing other offshore wind farm projects, PGE intends to achieve the strategic objectives of achieve at least 6.5 GW of installed generation capacity in the Baltic Sea.