Task 32

IEA Wind Task 32 - Wind Lidar Systems for Wind Energy Deployment

Task 32 provides a platform for the open exchange of ideas, experience, and techniques for the use of lidar for wind energy applications


About Task 32

Since 2012 Task 32 has built a strong community that works together to identify and mitigate the barriers to adpotion of wind lidar for wind energy applications.

We do this by providing a structured forum for international collaborations between researchers, vendors, and users to exchange needs, ideas, and experience. The Task focuses on producing tangible results such as recommended practices that can be used by practitioners. And, Task 32 continues to work in collaboration with other IEA Wind Tasks and related industry and academic groups to help encourage scientific investigations and align them with users’ needs.

What are IEA Wind Tasks?

The IEA Wind Technology Collaboration Programme's (TCP) cooperative efforts continue to advance the technological development and global deployment of wind energy technology. The IEA Wind TCP is a vehicle for member countries to exchange information on the planning and execution of national large-scale wind system projects, and to undertake co-operative research and development (R&D) projects called Tasks.

Participation in a research Task is open to any organization located in Member Countries or Sponsor Members of the IEA Wind TCP. Cooperative research is carried out as research, development, and deployment projects of the IEA Wind TCP. Technical reports, fact sheets, and recommended practices are released publicly to benefit the wind energy community.

Check out the full list of IEA Wind Tasks.

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Key Questions

There are many applications for wind lidar in wind energy. We ask:

  1. How can lidar inform us about the conditions where we want to build wind turbines?

  2. How can we use lidar to better operate wind turbines and plants?

  3. How can lidar be used for performance verification?

  4. How can we collaborate on lidar hardware and software?

  5. .. and what are the new or unusual applications that we should be aware of?

Our Goals

At high TRL, we focus on identifying and mitigating the barriers to adoption of wind lidar.

At low TRL, we aim to support the development of new ideas around wind lidar for wind energy applications.

Task 32 Whitepapers

Don't have time to read every paper ever published on a subject? We're launching a regular series of Task 32 white papers to give a high-level overview of some of the current issues in wind lidar. You can find them all in our community library at Zenodo.org. Please get in touch if there's something you'd like to see!

Task 32 Roadmap

Find out more about how our activities fit together


  • Minutes of the Task 32 General Meeting

    The minutes of the Task 32 2020 General Meeting are now available through our library on Zenodo.

  • Webinar summary - Lidar data filtering (7 April 2020)

    We've just published a summary of the webinar from 7 April  on lidar data filtering. You can find it on Zenodo at https://zenodo.org/record/3909488. Many thanks to Rogier Floors, Leonardo Alcayaga, and Pedro Santos for writing this up!
  • Webinar: An Overview of Lidar-Assisted Controls

    The use of nacelle lidar measurements for wind turbine control applications has been widely studied in the research community and is beginning to be adopted by industry. Successful implementation of lidar-assisted control to reduce the cost of wind energy involves several design choices, including lidar scan pattern selection, lidar data processing, and controller design.

    In this seminar, Eric Simley and Andrew Scholbrock from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and David Schlipf, from Flensburg University of Applied Science, presented an overview of lidar-assisted control applications.

    All of the presentations can be found at https://zenodo.org/record/3764556.

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