Fugro’s SEAWATCH Lidar Buoys to Record Wind Measurements for Energy Islands Development


Fugro’s SEAWATCH lidar buoys (shown) will record continuous wind measurements for a minimum of 1 year to support wind-resource mapping for Denmark’s Energy Island development.

Trondheim, Norway, 12 October 2021 – Fugro has secured a contract with Energinet to provide floating wind lidar measurements for what will be the world’s first offshore artificial energy island, which is being constructed for the Danish Government. Fugro will install and operate four SEAWATCH wind lidar buoys at two locations, Energioe Nordsoen and Energioe Baltic, that will act as hubs connecting several offshore wind farms.

From October, these buoys will record continuous wind measurements for a minimum of 1 year to support wind-resource mapping for the two islands, and the engineering and design of the future wind farms. Fugro is already performing geophysical surveys for the Energy Island project under a separate contract to provide Energinet with a reliable derisked site interpretation.

The SEAWATCH wind lidar buoy has a proven global track record and can record wind measurements up to 250 m above sea level, and wave measurements and current profiles down to the seabed. The buoy also acts as a multipurpose platform for additional metocean sensors and, on this project, will be fitted with sensors to capture Geo-data on environmental impact parameters, including bat monitoring.

Jens Larsen, Senior Project Manager at Energinet, said: “We are looking forward to the cooperation with Fugro to collect the important quality data for the design of our offshore wind farm infrastructures.”

Jørn Erik Norangshol, Fugro’s Service Line Director, said: “Energy Islands is a landmark project, on which it is crucial for Energinet to understand the natural forces affecting the development. The SEAWATCH wind lidar buoys will provide the best possible wind data to support future investigation and analysis.”

About Fugro
Fugro is the world’s leading Geo-data specialist, collecting and analysing comprehensive information about the Earth and the structures built upon it. Adopting an integrated approach that incorporates acquisition and analysis of Geo-data and related advice, Fugro provides solutions. With expertise in site characterisation and asset integrity, clients are supported in the safe, sustainable and efficient design, construction and operation of their assets throughout the full life cycle. Employing approximately 9000 talented people in 61 countries, Fugro serves clients around the globe, predominantly in the energy and infrastructure industries, both offshore and onshore. In 2020, revenue amounted to EUR 1.4 billion. Fugro is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.